On air: Is Iran the most misunderstood country in the world?

IranYou may not be aware of this (I wasn’t) but today is Iran’s national nuclear day. For a moment I considered suggesting ‘why can’t we all have national nuclear days?’ but I’ll leave that debate for another time.

Anyway it is today, and as part of a ceremony to mark it, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to announce advances in his country’s nuclear programmes….

This comes straight after the US, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain announced they would ask EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to approach Iran with the offer of new talks.

And once again the world’s feeling about Iran have been brought to the fore by this single issue. But is the nuclear debate preventing the watching world from knowing what kind of a country it is and what kind of people live there?

We’re going to try and match up your perceptions with what Iranians say is the reality and see how the two look next to each other.

A Times report on the difference between expectations and reality:

Post here: http://www.worldhaveyoursay.com

93 Responses to “On air: Is Iran the most misunderstood country in the world?”

  1. 1 steve
    April 9, 2009 at 14:33

    When they stop shouting “Death to the USA” “Death to Israel” and stop talking about wiping nations off the map, then perhaps, but not before then. The country is run by irrational religious fanatics. Do you really want nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious fanatic?

  2. 2 Roy, Washington DC
    April 9, 2009 at 15:15

    Nobody in the West seems to really know what Iran’s nuclear intentions are. Sure, it’s possible that they are pursuing WMDs, but it is just as possible that all they want is nuclear power like so much of the West has. The last thing anybody needs is another Cold War-esque buildup of nuclear weapons, and poking a stick at a nation we know so little about isn’t going to help things. It’s time to offer diplomacy; hopefully, Iran will accept.

  3. 3 Dinesh
    April 9, 2009 at 15:20

    YES & NO

    Yes – because the Iran population is deprived of the benefits to be a part of the Global development.

    No – because its the hard core fundamentalist who call the shots within Iran – and until this is not changed – Iran will be a worry especially for Middle East contries and the world at large.

    But as always best efforts should be given for diplomacy to elevate Iran to a Global platform representation so the Iran’s population benefits.

    We should not forget – Iran is a beautiful country to visit at all times and their culture is a hidden treasure and the world should not be deprived of understanding Iran’s rich culture.

  4. 4 Roberto
    April 9, 2009 at 15:24

    RE: “” Is Iran the most misunderstood country in the world? “”

    ——– Don’t know about that, but the thread header must be in the running for the most gaseous thread header of the year.

    Iran would scarcely make mention in today’s news save massive US strategic blunders that has turned it into the major player of the region.

  5. April 9, 2009 at 15:31

    James from Kenya

    Iran is misunderstood because of its leadership. I believe Iran people can blend anywhere in the world. BUT when you have a leadership of a country that makes provocative statements people it raises eyebrows world over. its the leadership that makes a country be misunderstood not ordinary folks.

  6. April 9, 2009 at 15:31

    I really do not know much about Iran. Most of the times, when I follow the media, I only hear about the ambition Iran has in producing nuclear weapons. So, because am afraid of weapons, I always have strong feelings about this. However, I suggest that the media help us get a broad insight of what is the present day Iran like in terms of culture and the truth about the issue of weapons of every nature.

  7. April 9, 2009 at 15:42

    Iranians are one of the world’s most unpredictable people. Because of the unpredictability of their ability to kill, one should always be afraid of them. They have become captives of their won identities negatively.. Iran is not misunderstood; they are well understood that’s why The International Community needs to decisively handle this situation.

  8. April 9, 2009 at 15:52

    I admit: the way Iran is governed is not at all an example for the 21st century. However, my greater concern is not why Iran is behaving the way it is, it is how it got where it is. You see the argument that it is a rogue state, sponsor of terrorism, saboteur of global peace efforts in Iraq and the likes only add to the situation. Truly Iran has taken certain disturbing stance of late, especially under Ahmadinejad such as questioning the Holocaust, [hence] challenging the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign nation, calling for the dumping of the dollar in world oil market and so on.
    Having said that, I believe Iran became what it is today, because we never gave it a chance to be anything else: Repeatedly, they have argued that their nuclear development is for peaceful purposes, but either nobody is listening, or nobody is believing them, yet for example George Bush expected us all (including Russia) to accept that his proposed nuclear shield was as well for peaceful purposes. Is there any reason why some nations’ words are accepted at face value while others’ are not?
    To buttress this point, why is WHYS dedicating one show to this issue? Probably they believe that Iran’s nuclear progress is the biggest threat to world peace. Why not wait for example to hear what Ahmadinejad would be saying today before deciding perhaps to dedicate a show tomorrow to it, if the issues raised require that. The case of Iran is a clear example of a suspect who has been declared guilty until proven otherwise. I think Iran is only doing its best to live up to the image we have painted of it. I say, make Iran the chair of the UN Security Council and charge it with finding a solution to the conflicts in say Darfur and see if it fails, but until then, please allow Iran the benefit of the doubt.

  9. April 9, 2009 at 16:05

    There are lots of country which are misunderstood by the whole world. When talking about the country, firstly power matters.Due to power and due to different political view, countries are being misunderstood.

  10. 10 Jennifer
    April 9, 2009 at 16:10

    What I don’t think people realize is that Iran doesn’t have to have their own nuclear weapons to do harm. What makes anyone think they wouldn’t gladly help others who hate the “west”? Now, setting that aside; lets do discuss the culture and values there. This is not a country that is living in today’s times. It’s a country living off of hate because that is what it’s religion promotes; telling it’s people that jewish people are blood drinkers, Jewish women should be sexually harassed, should be burned in ovens, etc. They are teaching children to hate so that they grow up with that same radical belief system! Women are in prison for being raped, hanging in town centers by ropes as punishment for “crimes” like adultery that may not even be true. Just go to MEMRI….can’t deny what’s right in front of you. That is REALITY, like it or not!

    It would be more constructive talking to a wall.

  11. 11 Matt in Oregon
    April 9, 2009 at 16:22

    Iran’s primary objectives are:

    1. Regime Survival

    The regime’s biggest fear is being toppled by the U.S. They are seeking a nuclear weapon to secure their regime survivial. The North Koreans proved that a nuke is akin to a “get-out-of-jail-free” card when it comes to U.S. threats of regime change. That and the fact that they are surrounded by other nuclear powers (Pakistan, India, Israel) is why they want a nuclear weapon.

    2. Regional hegemony

    The Iranian’s have a long and storied history of great empires and kings who controlled vast tracts of land and power. Today the U.S. is the biggest power in the Middle East (and the world). They crave that power and that is why you see Iranian funds supporting Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others. These groups are a way for Iran to project its power into the Arab world and increase its sphere of influence.

  12. 12 steve
    April 9, 2009 at 16:37

    The difference between North Korea and Iran, (the similarity is both nations are run by lunatics) is that North Korea has no oil or other resources. Their nuclear program partially is to threaten the south to reunify, but mostly is for blackmail. They are developing the nuclear weapons AND delivery system to blackmail the west into giving them vast amounts of money to disarm so that the Kim family can remain in power indefinetely. Iran doesn’t need the money, hence their weapons are more likely to be used for military purposes than for blackmail.

  13. 13 Anthony
    April 9, 2009 at 16:41

    @ steve

    It was in a religious fanatics for the last 8 years in the U.S., lol.

    I’m sure they are very misunderstood. I mean, I was told that Russia and Cuba is evil growing up, and that all muslims wanted me to suffer, but now that I’m an adult I see thats not true….who knows, I mean, even this week Castro asked “How can I help Obama”, so Iran could be our closest allie in 20 years time.

    I mean, I feel the U.S. is very misunderstood because of the last 8 years. People online always have horrible things to say about me being American because of one administration.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  14. 14 Bert
    April 9, 2009 at 16:55

    I’ve never had any problem understanding Iranians I’ve known over the years. The problem, though, is that these people are not represented by their government or by those who are truly pulling the strings, their clergy.

    Unfortunately, the genie is out of the nuclear bottle. Can’t be stuffed back in. And the reason no one in the world trusts Iran’s leaders is painfully obvious. Who in his right mind can possibly trust the suicidal lunatic Islamists with any weapon, let alone the most potent of weapons?

    Global mistrust is something they, the Islamists, brought onto themselves. I don’t have any sense that they care, however. And I’m not sure how the rest of the world can make them care. It’s up to Iranians to take their country back from under the medieval superstitious beliefs shackling them.

    As far as I’m concerned, Ahmadinejad is just the spokesman for the clergy in power over there. And he happens to be well versed in flowery rhetoric, but so what about that. As with any other country laboring under that religion, the rest of the world needs to remain extremely vigilant, even as we spout the formulaic, politically correct, diplomatic mumbo jumbo in “talks” with them. It’s not Ahmadinejad we have to convince of anything, let’s not forget.

  15. 15 Patti in Cape Coral, FL
    April 9, 2009 at 17:12

    I certainly don’t know enough about Iran, their behavior is very confusing to me. It seems fair when they want to control nuclear power, just as we do, a normal leader would want his country to advance, right? But then they will say something scary, like wanting to wipe out and kill an entire people, do you want such dangerous power in the hands of someone that thinks that way? Or do leaders just say these things politically because they think that’s what their people want to hear? it’s hard to know what to think about them… I recently saw a movie, Persepolis, about an Iranian girl sent to France in the 70s, and it was facinating to me to see a completely different perspective about Iran and their troubles, and how they see us. We are rather insular here in the states, but WHYS definitely helps that situation :0)

  16. 16 archibald in Oregon
    April 9, 2009 at 17:15

    @ jennifer
    You speak as if you are talking to a wall, unrelenting in your quest to shape your mind in its image, like so many americans.
    The U.S. is still the only country to have used nuclear weapons on a defenseless civilian population. Rhetoric or not, Iran is talking big, because it knows its small and feeling threatened. I would be afraid too if I watched what the US. is helping Israel to accomplish in Gaza, slow systematic annihilation.

  17. 17 Jim Newman
    April 9, 2009 at 17:28

    Hello again
    And hello Steve. I think that Iran will only stop trying to produce a nuclear weapons when you stop beating your wife. See what I mean?
    Unless you understand Persian or Arabic you cannot know what the Iranians say nor what they mean. You have to rely on the translations that the propaganda machine chooses to give you. It’s sometimes difficult to to sort the corn from the chaf in one’s own language first hand let alone another language after it’s been through several filters.
    I don’t know whether Iran is ruled by religious fanatics or not but I have a horrible feeling that nuclear weapons are already in the hands of a corporate fanatic. Don’t forget that everytime the USA aggresses another country it is a nuclear aggression even if nuclear weapons are not actually used. The threat is there and the rest of the world is threatened. You support us or else.
    As far as the relations between Iran and the USA are concerned the USA has certainely done it’s fair share of threatening.
    No I don’t think that Iran is misunderstood I think it is obliterated by a barrage of propaganda.

  18. April 9, 2009 at 17:37

    No its not the most misunderstood country, it is one of the most belegerant country in the world. The fact that its leadership under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who stated he intended in the future to destroy Israel is tantamount to being rediculas and stupid. For any country to state an intention to destroy another is against all principles of the United Nations. He is too stupid to understand, if he pulls the lion`s tail, the Lion will turn around and kill him instead.

    Several years ago I viewed an interview on BBC TV, an Iranian minister was asked if they intented to develop nuclear weapons, I could see clearly in the way he spoke that he was lieing in the slyest way, he answered ‘ not at all and that they were a peacefull people’. Lyeing is common in the culture of the Iranian Government.

    As regards to the European Union approaching Iran with the offer for new talks which may come about, the European Union would be wasteing their time, for Iran under the present leadership would still continue to develop nuclear weapons. The time may come to test one of these weapons, that will be the time their development installations will surely be destroyed by an outside source.

  19. 19 saad khosa
    April 9, 2009 at 17:39

    The bottomline is West has done discrimination against Iran. Why there was no fuss when Isreal was making nuclear weapons. Horrible devasting weapons were used in Gaza siege but no body cared of it. Why there is fuss even if Iran is making nuclear bomb if isreal has made it, Iran simply enjoys the same right. There should be no reservation on her. Isreal has directly given threats to Iran so would any body care to answer me why Iran should not make nuclear bomb when it is already made by Isreal.

  20. 20 Dennis Junior
    April 9, 2009 at 17:47

    On air: Is Iran the most misunderstood country in the world? Maybe to a point Iran is the most misunderstood country!

    Iran’s Nuclear (Weapon) Day: I didn’t know that either….

    -Dennis Junior

  21. 21 An Iranian
    April 9, 2009 at 17:50

    Apart from the highly religious/conservative government, Iranian people are among the most progressive, kindest, friendliest people in the world. The long historical experience and rich culture made them be very peaceful but they don’t like it to be abused. If someone be kind to an Iranian, he will receive a kind answer twice as much. But if he does the same kindness to someone from another culture, he is often thought as a silly person and the kindness will be abused ten times as much… But for Iranian people having that kind of character they are very idealistic and misunderstand the complicated politics going on in the west so, support the government to act very prohibitively. According to their history, negotiations with the West never lasted more that a short time. There is a concept in Iranian culture that says: “Men should stand up by their sayings” so such promise/negotiation break is not acceptable for them. Iranians don’t like their government but it is not understandable for them why they should not have nuclear science to improve the highly polluted weather of Tehran, which is one of the most polluted cities in the world. If one is asking why they don’t import the peaceful nuclear science from abroad, the answer is, they are very much science lovers and like to be independent.
    If even the government of Iran wanted to have mass destruction weapon they could have made or bought it even before the fuss. By the way, US is the first and last country in the world which used mass destruction weapon and is killing thousands of innocent people in Iraq… Why all the attention is toward Iran?!

  22. 22 Dave in Florida
    April 9, 2009 at 17:51

    What is to misunderstand? Iran says what it wants, when it wants it, how it wants it, and says it loudly and with determination. This is not something that started with Ahmadinejad; rather it has been happening through many regimes.

    Although I do not agree with Iran’s stances on much of anything, I do respect it for its keeping its beliefs and principles. Unlike our western countries that keep swinging wildly from left to right every four or five years.

  23. April 9, 2009 at 17:53

    Hi Matt in Oregon
    You hit the nail on the head.
    Washington means well. There is talk that US President Obama met former Iranian president Khatami in Turkey. I see a breakthrough.

  24. 24 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    April 9, 2009 at 18:03

    Iran says it does not want nuclear weapons, but its actions belie this denial.

    Iran says it’s a democracy, but it isn’t the people who decide, it’s the mullahs.

    If Iran wishes to be understood, it should stop lying about nuclear power, and it should admit that it’s so-called democracy is a sham and that the country is actually a theocracy. Perhaps then we non-Iranians can come to a real-world understanding of what Iran is, and who Iranians are.

  25. 25 Reza
    April 9, 2009 at 18:05

    can you name an Iranian terrorist? you call the nation extremist but you can hardly find an iranian terrorist. interesting, isn’t it? I believe Iranians (but not their Semi-Arabic Leader who is pretty much similar to the crappy khalifah in islam and the pope in medieval ages) are pretty much misunderstood.

  26. 26 liberal
    April 9, 2009 at 18:16

    i think i should say one thing as a Iranian about nuclear issue,although i disagree with political system of Iran and i think it should be more open to contact with west but i think Islamic Republic of Iran does n`t want to make nuclear weapon.ahmadinejad first time in new york said we invite US and other western countries to making nuclear consortium it showed they are interested to be nuclear but with collaboration of western countries but US refused it and in fact bush administration encouraged Iran to keep going on nuclear issue

  27. 27 steve
    April 9, 2009 at 18:16

    @ Jim

    Beward the translations he? Well check out this billboard.

    And to the commentor whose comment was read on the air saying that we are relying on translations from propagandists, and not relying on the Iranian’s words themselves, well, at least get the language right. Iranians speak Farsi, not Arabic. You don’t know what they are saying either becuaes you obviously don’t understand what they say either.

  28. 28 Shunjing
    April 9, 2009 at 18:17

    What we make of Iran is what the western press want us to think Iran is. If they want to interprete Ahmedinejad’s speech to mean that the Palestinians has more rights to the holy land than the Jewish aspiration for a Zion . The conflict comes from displacing the Palestinians. Therefore Israel should be created somewhere else . The western press pursue the line of him calling for the destruction of Israel and demonise him as an anti semitic.

  29. 29 HR
    April 9, 2009 at 18:18

    The question raised in this forum is a meaningless one: if the general audience of your site knew enough about Iran to know whether it is misunderstood, then Iran wouldn’t have been misunderstood in the first place!
    The problem we are dealing with is that not only the majority of population in the developed world knows close to nothing about Iran, but also that they think they know a lot because Iran is in the news every day with repeated stereotyped stories about nuclear weapons and terrorism. The Iranian government is definitely not a model for anybody, but understanding Iran solely based on rhetoric of its most conservative government officials has created a massive global misunderstanding.
    Rather than asking this question you should have designed a short multiple choice test with important information about Iran (e.g. population and demographics, cultural outputs, technological development, political system, eduction, health, etc) and see how your site visitors could answer that. I have done sth similar in a small pilot survey and the result is astonishing, because typical non-Iranian scores less than random in such test (i.e. a monkey would have a more precise perception of Iran).

  30. 30 steve
    April 9, 2009 at 18:19

    Germany has no nuclear weapons and it doesn’t want Iran to get them because it doesn’t want irrational religious fanatics to have nuclear weapons.

  31. 31 Tom D Ford
    April 9, 2009 at 18:20

    The issue that always gets sidestepped about Iran is their Oil Reserves, some of the biggest in the world. After their revolution they kicked out the global oil corporations and then the US set up sanctions against Iran which have devastated their economy and prevented the development of their oil reserves.

    I have to suspect that much if not most of the propaganda against Iran is because they took back control of their oil from the Global Oil Companies.

    In addition, it seems to me that Iran would be wise to convert their nations energy supply to nuclear power and then sell the oil to the un-wise West who will just burn it up, so that Iran would end up with all the money and the west will just end up with the exhaust smoke.

    I suspect that the talk about nuclear weapons is mostly a smokescreen to justify the eventual invasion and taking over their oilfields once again, just like with the Shah.

  32. 32 Matt in Oregon
    April 9, 2009 at 18:21

    @ Reza

    Iranian citizens don’t have to do the dirty work. They pay Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and JAM in Iraq.

    There are no Iranian citizen terrorists because they have others do it.

  33. 33 steve
    April 9, 2009 at 18:22

    Your guest left out that Iran funds hezbollah, which wages war on Israel and has targetted jewish centers in buenos Aires of all places. Remember they claim they hav ea problem only with zionism, yet they targetted jews in Argentina.

  34. 34 David V.
    April 9, 2009 at 18:27

    I love how the ex CIA guy fails to accept any responsibility for the US interdictions in to Iran and the political fallout they have caused. He keeps returning to the nuclear power argument as proof positive that the Iranians are seeking weapons. That is imperialist dogma at it’s best.

  35. 35 Tom D Ford
    April 9, 2009 at 18:31

    Oh for goodness sakes, the travel writer and filmmaker Rick Steves went to Iran and did one of his travel shows and he found that they say “death to stoplights” when the light runs against them. It is just a common curse phrase over there!

    Their use of the slogan “death to (insert comment here)” has been blown out of all proportion by western propagandists.


  36. 36 Robert
    April 9, 2009 at 18:32

    I don’t believe we are getting Iran wrong, I think we are forgetting that a people’s government and the people themselves can, in some circumstances, be two completely different entities.In some countries the government is not a reflection of the people and people have little to do with the government.

  37. 37 DHEERE
    April 9, 2009 at 18:32

    ooooooh i got it now OMON INTREST WITH MUTUAL RESPECT ha!

  38. 38 liberal
    April 9, 2009 at 18:33

    hi again,

    this is my personal point of view,western medias mainly focused on negative things of Iran,there are positive things either.it could be better to consider them.for example the film “with out my daughter” is really biased and exaggerated.for better understanding of Iran ,i think west should look at Saudi Arabia or other dictator middle east government,this is double standard of west against Iran.if you want deal base on justice you should call them dictator but west just blame Iran.

  39. 39 MIGUEL (Mexico)
    April 9, 2009 at 18:35

    I do not think is an issue if miss understanding, they are part of the world and they have to comply with the rules of the UN, if they do not do that they deserve to be invaded. My understanding of of Iran is that they mistreat woman and have very extream point of view.

  40. 40 Tom D Ford
    April 9, 2009 at 18:40

    The CIA has a long history of using journalists as spies, so that journalist quite possibly was caught legitimately. I would not expect this ex-CIA guy to tell the truth because of CIA history.

  41. 41 Bruno
    April 9, 2009 at 18:42

    The main problem is that these last years, most of the western medias and politicians put systematically the blame on Iran for anything bad happening in the region.
    Iranians are no angels but they are no devils either. The reality is infinitely more complex.

    Fortunately perceptions are beginning to change slowly.

  42. 42 ecotopian
    April 9, 2009 at 18:45

    If there weren’t this nuclear element, we wouldn’t be talking about if the Iranian people are misunderstood. Now tis is play, maybe we can find out more about them. Maybe we will find out soon if they have been misunderstood. I hope so. The better we understand a people, the better off we all will be.

  43. 43 Bruce
    April 9, 2009 at 18:48

    Your Magic Carpet guest claimed to have been refused service in the US during her apparently only visit that was admitted to be a long time ago. If she is judging all Americans based on one encounter, that seems unfair. Also, if her visit was during the takeover of the American embassy (a violation of international law), the absence of disclosure of that context suggests an anti-American bias.

  44. 44 Scott [M]
    April 9, 2009 at 18:48


    Why do people engage in so much foolish thinking? Why do so many find the boring need to try and say Iran is misunderstood. Sure people overreact and take the bait, but it isn’t misunderstood.

    I know every liberal thinks they’ve uncovered the hidden, other, more nuanced view. Please! I am the most liberal of liberals, but I am not so irrational that I need to romanticize things. The world is often a BAD, DARK place. Just accept it! Iran has a lot of awful problems. Yes there is good, as there is everywhere, but it doesn’t change the bad. We waste so much time with these trendy discussions. They only thing they seem to do is give liberals or progressives a bad name.

  45. 45 An Iranian
    April 9, 2009 at 18:51

    In response to Jennifer which made quite offensive comments I should say there are thousands of Jewish and Christians leaving in Iran and they are among the richest and most successful people. It is true that the Islamic law is behind the average people’s culture but that affects everyone and there is no such a thing exist as “telling it’s people that Jewish people are blood drinkers, Jewish women should be sexually harassed, should be burned in ovens, etc. ” . Do not believe everything you hear. Jewish have never seen other than respect from Iranians. The rules about hanging… is more or less true but I can say it was the same everywhere in the past. One hundred year a go, women in Iran would have inherited half of their parent’s asset but women in the UK would have inherited nothing. The social blame for the rape was the same in the west in the past. Women in Iran socially are a lot more respected than women in west and they are now taking 65% of University seats. Although when they come across their medieval law they may suffer… If the west has changed suddenly it doesn’t mean that everywhere should change with the same rate. Iran was among the first countries in the east which started modernisation but because it was sudden and too much some part of it was stopped by religion…

  46. 46 Cynthia DeKay
    April 9, 2009 at 18:51

    Because Roxana Saberi is not able to speak to us herself , I don’t think it’s appropriate for him to use her name to to stir up fear of Iran and its people. I believe the goal of her work there was just the opposite.

    I know and work with many Iranian students in the US and I can tell you they nearly universally disagree with the policies of the Islamic Republic, but just as universally value Iranian sovereignty and do not want another violent revolution, much less military interference from outside. I am very disturbed to hear people still confusing a people with their government.

  47. 47 Mehmet
    April 9, 2009 at 18:51

    If we want to interrogate Iran’s uranium enrichment program, we should interrogate Israil’s nuclear power as well. As a matter of fact i dont want Iran to have nuclear power but if the West World doesnt want to criticize Israil politics, you cannot stop Iran trying to have Nuclear power. When Israil give up its nuclear power i think Iran easily also give up its enrichment programme.

  48. 48 Raydan
    April 9, 2009 at 18:52

    I’m an American citizen and from my perspective. I can see the United States has two political parties which can be discribed as a two headed snake. The Republicans represent the rich the money mongers who want nothing more than a war to the end with them being super race to survive by their money and with their money. The Democrats are more of the peoples party where the voices of the people are heard (the other head of the snake) but the snake is actually one body that depends on itself and the other head for survival. and nourishment. I want nothing more than to live my life in freedom and not be worried about what politicians want to do to me and my family.

  49. 49 Anthony
    April 9, 2009 at 18:52

    @ Those who say Iran is actually free and compassionate

    Hmmmmmm, I know a few, and have heard a lot of Iranians on this show, who live in the U.S….. how many Americans are living in Iran that aren’t in prision…Hmmmmmm….

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  50. 50 abdulahi
    April 9, 2009 at 18:53

    you guys should leave IRAN alone! the more we talk about them the more we distract them. keep up the good work and the people or IRAN SHOULD SUPPORT THEIR LEADERS.

  51. April 9, 2009 at 18:54

    just curious to know if only americans need an escort to visit iran?what about isrealis

  52. 52 liberal
    April 9, 2009 at 19:00

    thank you for your program it is helpful for people of the world to understand Iran better,i hope you have this kind of programs in future.

  53. 53 saad khosa
    April 9, 2009 at 19:13

    I will comment on the one phone caller. Whatever he said was upright. The western media is responsible for depicting the dismal picture of almost all of Muslim countries particulary concerning women. And thoso people who are in west they blindly believe in anything told to them by media. They have little idea of the ground realities in Muslim countries. As it was told by someone in programme that 65% of graduates are women and 80% civil servent are women. The western media propaganda is presenting us someone haggard people nothing can be far from fact. Its my earnest appeal to the western people to read and assess on their own rather than believing on Western media.

  54. 54 Raydan
    April 9, 2009 at 19:14

    Until the people of the world come forward and say War is a permanent solution to a temporary problem the rich people will win and we may very well destroy each other. and in the end who cares other than YOU!

  55. 55 saad khosa
    April 9, 2009 at 19:20

    I have got one questionfor Americans. Why they nudge in other countries affairs? America is resisting Iran to make nuclear bomb but does it not lack moral ground to do so as it herself has made nukes? Thereupon, they should not judge Iran and even should bar it from making nukes as they theirself has made nuclear weapons.

  56. 56 Alby
    April 9, 2009 at 19:22

    Great question.

    Our CIA also supports terrorists with assassinations now in countries in Latin America what we used to do in Iran and the Middle-East 50-60yrs ago, that caused all these problems, got the Islamic Fundamentalists elected in the first place.

    We all need to wake up to this and stop blaming Iran for Hamas and Hezbollah. We used agents like Saddam Hussein to kill people in Iraq too, just like Iranian Right-wing is funding Hezbollah. The whole reason Hamas came into existence in the first place was US sponsorship of the Israeli govt that can ignore Arab League agreement for pre-1967 borders that has been on the table for years, but they want Samaria and Golan, and use their Rabbinic laws as a ruse to fight for it.

    There is so much propaganda out here about Iran. Our press never covers anything with any depth only Ahmadinejad. Our Right-wing govt, military leaders and media want that, cause that keeps us voting funds for war programs which make them rich and not education for our children or healthcare for our people. The Right-wing controls media there so sure, but it does here too cause the media companies want their business licenses from the FCC.

    We had a religious fanatic at the Nuclear Button too for 8 yrs. He was moved to inaction on middle-eastern matters becuase of his Christian faith and his “war against muslims” which includes Palestinians (never mind how many Orthodox Christians are Palestinians too, Press never talks about that except on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem).

  57. 57 Jennifer
    April 9, 2009 at 20:05

    Re: Funding

    I think we do a bad thing when we are dependent upon these countries for oil. It is extremely important that the US becomes energy independent. We are giving money that is in turn given to those who would harm us. That’s really stupid.

    If people think that the stories that are made public about actual situations are an attempt to “demonize” the iranian people, or far from the truth, they need only go look themselves at instances where there have been protests here in the US “Jihad on Zionists”, etc.

    What would it take for people to move past that denial? Would it take their religion being stepped on, their values being belittled, or way of life interrupted? etc for them to see that there is an very big issue…These are not individuals that are ok with living their own way and letting others live their way; they want to force people to live their way unlike others…

  58. 58 persian Lady
    April 9, 2009 at 20:23

    as a very proud Iranian i don’t believe that Iran’s GOVERNMENT!!!!!(i dont talk about people)!!!!!is misunderstood!they say or do what they want!and they dont give their own people any chance to complain!so why should the be misunderstood???
    BUT THE PEOPLE OF IRAN!dont have ANYTHING to do with this WANNA BE iranian leaders!
    if they were iranian and had some feelings for their own country and people they wouldnt keep the mony away from homeless people IN the country and send it to some fanatiacal REAL terrorists(like HISBOLLAH) in Israel!
    as an iranian you are the most misunderstood person in the world and specially in youre OWN BEAUTIFUL country with some GREAT OLD HONORABLE CULTURE and HISTORY !
    its really funny!becouse the iranians in Iran are just getting more and more smothered by the regime becouse as long as the government thinks that we are endangering them (and unfortunatly thats what they always do)they take more freadom away from us ,send us to prison,turture us and if they think we might be dangerous for them they will easily kill us!
    and out of the country there are soooooooo many simple people who see you as a DANGER too!
    any way thats life…

  59. 59 deryck /Trinidad
    April 9, 2009 at 20:41

    I’m sure most of the people who are stating there reponses have never been to Iran and therefore don’t even know the beliefs and aspirations of the people. They accept the Western leader’s and media’s casting who Iranians are. It’s the same paranoia and hysteria seen when the early Europeans invaded the New World and labelled the people as uncivilised and warlike.Instead the West should look in the mirror.

  60. 60 Iranian
    April 9, 2009 at 21:43

    To Jeniffer,
    Where did you learn that Iranian calling Jewish as blood drinkers and it is legitimate to rape Jewish women?
    I am an Iranian who disagrees with most of what Iranian leaders are doing but this does not mean I should close my eyes to lies. I have many friends in Iran who are Jews and Christians and are among the most successful Iranians.
    It is also true that Iranian in general does not like Israel and what she does to Palestinians. But this does not mean they are against Jews? Does it? If yes, you should know in a recent international poll done by BBC world service recently Israel has the 2nd worst image in the eyes of people around the world. Look at:


    I do not think most of the world should be considered any Jews.

  61. 61 Charles Massaquoi
    April 10, 2009 at 00:14

    Hurry up and read “In Search of Enemies” and then listen to Garrison Keillor’s program about the adventures of the cowboys. You will be easily make the connection early why we reason the way we do. We heavily rely on the government for its manupilative tatics. We overthrew Mossadegh, installed the Shah. Encouraged Sadam into a bitter war with Iran, supplying him with intelligence and weapons. After decades of the people of Iran’s struggle to get rid of the Shah, they finally succeeded in the late seventies. Even with warnings from the the Ayatollah Khomenei, not to admit the Shah into the United States, they were just ignored. Thier civilian plane was blown into pieces killing 81 passengers. They are one of the axis of evil. Since the advent of the Islamic Republic, every candidate campaigning for the office of the presidency must show demonstrate how much we hate those crazy mullah and how he or she will work for a change of government in Teheran. The last person we heard from in
    an election campaign action against Iran was Mrs. Clinton who promised to obliterate 70 million people. The frightening thing is they never think twice about their statements. And the more frightening thing is all of the instruments to carry this out are readily available. I purposely left the other side of the ledger vacant, so you can fill it out and then we compare. Plainly, you will see who really needs nuclear weapons for their protection. If Iranians do not endeavor feverishly to acquire nuclear weapons, they tantamount to the biggest idiots on earth.

  62. 62 RightPaddock
    April 10, 2009 at 00:43

    @An Iranian – “If the west has changed suddenly it doesn’t mean that everywhere should change with the same rate.”

    The West didn’t change suddenly, it’s changed slowly over seven centuries through a process of political revolutions and religious reforms that I would argue began with movements such as the Lollards in the 14th century.

    It’s only from this “long historical perspective” that comparisons have any value.

    For example Iran’s current political regime might be usefully compared with the Commonwealth of England as established in the mid 17th century, indeed the Republican Guard could be said to be the equivalent of Cromwell’s New Model Army and the Shah’s fate being not unlike that of Charles 1st in 1649.

    Now to the question “Is Iran Misunderstood?”.

    Given that most people in the West, especially those in the news media, have so little understanding of themselves and how they’ve come to be that way, then it’s almost inevitable that Iran will be misunderstood, along with most other non-Western countries.

  63. 63 Anise
    April 10, 2009 at 02:35

    I’m sorry I’m rehashing what many others have said, but . . . geesh, what a bunch of reductive metonymy! As a U.S. citizen who’s had the whole gamut of weird assumptions made abroad, some of these responses struck a chord in me. Iran is a big place, folks, and there are lots and lots of different types of people there. Smart people, ignorant people, religious fundamentalists, atheists, Muslims, Zoroastrians, bad people, good people, etc, just like most places. Certainly, many have emigrated from Iran because of the political situation there, but talking about “Iran” like it’s some kind of hive mind is ridiculous. So is splitting it into the simple two of “the government” and “the people.” I don’t think I “misunderstand” Iran, because I’m not a scholar of Iranian culture and history; and I’m not simultaneously every person in Iran. Keeping up with the BBC and having generally good knowledge of world politics doesn’t mean you “understand” or “misunderstand” a whole country. Anyway, sorry to all you people who aren’t making grand, smug pronouncements. It just irks me to hear people talking about big, complex problems like they could be reduced to an academic “play-by-play,” or some sensational, single issue.

  64. April 10, 2009 at 05:23

    Iranian has a painful history and repeated their history and becoming depressed and angry about whose country or person caused this tragedy. But they have also huge problem with each other! They didn’t allow themselves to becoming free in life style. They want becoming like majority of society no like themselves! Because they very scaring to become a conspicuous. But again they become angry about their situation and doing some remarkable things to change their life. This nuclear issue is one of them. It’s not related only for politics, this is a way for all Iranian to calm their huffs from their history. They think foreigners are guilty of lag of Iran. Infract they want becoming a very stronger country in the world and then they haven’t any worried about their country. Because that time, they sure their country don’t’ becoming backward by a foreign country. But in fact they have huge problem in their opinions. Many Iranian have superstition idea. Many Iranian have mug thinking in politics. In my opinion, if all country and human in other country will be death, still Iranian insists their opinions! When oil income finish, Iranian must work hard and use their brain. Until time, Iranian always has many dangerous problems with each other and other people in other country.

  65. 65 fareed
    April 10, 2009 at 05:46

    I would like to ask those who argue that Iran is some special danger to the rest of the world, a number of questions. When was the last time that Iran attacked another country militarily? Certainly no honest person would claim that it was Iran that attacked Iraq in 1980. When was the last time that Iran invaded and occupied a neighboring country, or one thousands of miles away? When was the last time that Iran used chemical weapons, such as white phosphorus, napalm, agent orange, etc, in populated areas? When was the last time that they blanketed valuable agricultural land with cluster bombs? How many countries have been bombarded by Iranian-made cluster bombs? How many Iranians are sitting in front of computer screens in secure offices guiding drones to assassinate people thousands of miles away who have no chance to defend themselves? When was the last time that Iran ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands from their homes, then after hostilities ended forbid the refugees from ever returning? How many population centers today are under siege by Iran, preventing citizens from entering and exiting, even for medical treatment, and restricting access to food, electricity and water? The list of terrors inflicted by Iran’s critics goes on.

    The only people who have true reason to fear Iran are the people who unjustly control disproportionate wealth and power around the world. Iran had a revolution that overthrew a powerful dictator, backed by a superpower. During this revolution, the Iranian people achieved this without firing a shot. Even though the revolution failed so miserably to fulfill it’s promise until now, the historical example still terrifies the powers that be-especially repressive US-backed dictators in the Arab world. That is the only “danger” that Iran presents for the outside world.

  66. 66 citizen of iran
    April 10, 2009 at 09:16

    I request from all readers that don’t account extremist actions of Iranian leaders to their people. Unfortunately Iranian can’t select their real representatives in governor system so nuclear program don’t manage by collective thought of people. The majority of Iranian likes to live in the peaceful world. We love all people in the world and it is real message from us to nations. We try to make a good place for living with democracy but we are under pressure

  67. 67 Jim Newman
    April 10, 2009 at 10:39

    Hello again
    And hello Steve. Thanks for putting me right about the language. Your right I don’t understand whatever they speak in Iran and in a way you made my point.
    I read the poster and what follows is my explanation. Israel is the name the zionist squatters give to Palestine but it is still Palestine. Getting rid of a name doesn’t necesarily mean getting rid of all the people.In my opinion the best way to solve the squatter problem is for Palestine to become Palestine again and the squatters be given the choice of staying on as Palestinians or leaving. Of course those zionists who have committed crimes should be brought to justice.

    When I read the other comments I am heartened to see how many people see through the posturing.

  68. 68 Persian Boy
    April 10, 2009 at 13:27

    Now,after reading this comment,I am sure that Iran is the most misunderstood country in the world:-((

  69. 69 saad khosa
    April 10, 2009 at 13:51

    Jennifer allegations are completly baseless. Islam hates hate. It never taught its follower to hate any community even if they are Godless. What Jennifer is saying is just western propaganda. Well as far as women are concerned they are respected in all Muslim worlds be they of any community.

  70. 70 Mehdi
    April 10, 2009 at 13:53

    I’m originally Iranian and I travel to Iran almost twice a year so my answer from experience is “yes and no”!
    When talking about the Iranian government and the 15% of their supporters there’s no misunderstanding.
    When talking about the majority of Iranian people then there’s a big misunderstanding.
    These two are very different bodies. The first being religious fanatics who are actually after nuclear weapons and want to confront with the west at any costs. The second being normal people who are Muslim by name but believing in the separation of religion and state and are looking to have more interaction with the west.

  71. 71 Mehdi
    April 10, 2009 at 14:04

    Iranians tend to overdo things. we are either too liberal or too religious. in both cases there are people that can’t live with the situation and in both cases ideas are forced on the public.
    A true example is the de-islamification of Reza shah period or the Islamification of recent years. I don’t think the people are misunderstood, no. Whatever youre view about Iran is, you can surely find people that support your view. Iran is just a big collection of different views.
    There are people with deep hatred towards western countries, people that don’t care about outside world, and also people that love the western type of life and angry about Iran being “misunderstood”.
    So I don’t think Iran is misunderstood, but if it is, I’m sure it is our own fault.

  72. 72 Jennifer
    April 10, 2009 at 15:18

    @ Iranian

    All of what I referred to in my post about blood drinkers and the lawyer who stated that men should sexually harass Jewish women can easily be found and verified on MEMRI’s website, blog, and or tv archive. They are the Middle East Media Research Institute. You can use Palinit (google) to search….

    As for Iran not liking what Israel “does” to Palestinians…..In my opinion, Israel has been too nice for too long. Yes, when people want to cook other people in ovens; that means they have a personal problem with those people! Unless, it’s how they express fondness?

  73. 73 Keyhan
    April 10, 2009 at 16:21

    Politician always need some subject. Iran is one of them. Iran is misunderstood deeply and people talk about it by their imagination. I am sure if they have a trip to Iran their negative attitude about Iran at least will be change to SO SO.

  74. 74 An Iranian
    April 10, 2009 at 16:39

    When I see western media is talking about attacking Iran I really suffer and feel how ignorant they can be to all the effort the people of Iran put through building their country. Iran is one of the most modernised and developed countries in East. It is all covered by roads and massive highways which were among the most difficult ones as they are mostly passing through mountains. Every where has electricity and water and Dam and agriculture is very good. It has lots of Industries from Oil to Petrochemical to car manufacturer… and they are doing very well. The education level in Iran is very high in a case that they are always appreciated by foreign Universities. The country is covered by lots of historical sites from Persian Empire time to the present that are the dearest for Iranian people. The beautiful literature, art and culture of Iran appreciated by all the visitors. Half of Tehran population is high class sophisticated who are living in high life style and enjoy from swimming in summer to skiing in winter in the same city. The people in Iran do not want war and harm to any of these. They have been through enough and they want a peaceful life. West should respectfully always consider diplomatic talks and cultural improvement and try to prove to Iranians that they are doing it with no harm. Even economic sanctions are one of the harms that grow pessimistic ideas about west. Sanctions are rather disrespectful and destructive to people’s ideas. Diplomatic talks are the only way to improve the situation and set Iran free from religious fanatics. If it wasn’t because of Iraq war, the conservatives couldn’t take over the government again. By the way west should consider that Iran being located in vicinity of the birthplace of all the religions, it is not possible to fight with religion. But it is possible to help to separate religion from politics and give more democratic point of view to the people living there to make their gradual reform.

  75. 75 human right
    April 10, 2009 at 17:10

    this is wrong to say: this governmetn do not support terrorism, they do , they do crime , they kill people and right of human is a little more tehan animals, but even US have some problems but not 100% similiar to iran and mostly in using force again many countries and also low safety for a normal life in country and so on.

    no, there are nothing missunderstood and world is right about government and many of the people,

    only real democratic countries in the world are: Sweden and Denmark .

  76. 76 viola
    April 10, 2009 at 17:26

    If it is accurate what the media is reporting that the elected leader of the country tells his countrymen, then, no, the world is not misunderstanding Iran. Words were invented so humans could communicate with one another and if Ahmadinejad wishes to communicate something different he should use different words.

    It is folly to listen to what someone is saying and then insist he said something entirely different or that he didn’t mean it. Personally, I don’t believe in mind-reading.

    Maybe in a face-to-face talk with Iran’s leaders each of us would be able to read body language, gestures and cultural clues to translate what they say as, “We don’t hate Jews, Americans, Christians, Buddhists, and anyone different from us,” but since that is impossible we have to believe their words as reported by the media.

  77. 77 Hamid
    April 10, 2009 at 17:28

    Normally i just read these kind of comments but Jennifer, you are so clueless that i think i had to say something.

    I lived in Iran for 26 years. I had Jewish friends there so what i know is a first hand experiance not some questionable website.

    Iran still has the biggest Jewish population in the region after Israel and these people would have left if it was anything like what you said.

    As far as i remember they had their temples, they were free to practice their religion and they have a designated seat in Iran’s Parliament! Granted there are some restrictions and i don’t claim to know everything but “blood drinking” COMON!!!!!

    I am sorry to say this but you are dead wrong in almost everything you said.

  78. 78 Mona
    April 10, 2009 at 18:33


    I think it’s better if you watch few documentaries and program on BBC and actually read a lot. Your comments are really offensive and untrue. How about you reading the recent article written by New York Times’ journalist Roger Cohen. I think that would give you a good idea of the life of Iranian Jewish in Iran. Here is the link for you http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/23/opinion/23cohen.html

  79. 79 yadvinder
    April 10, 2009 at 20:15

    Every nation has its right for all the resources at its disposal, why not Iran. I am against nuclear weapons but if it is for peacefull purposes then its okay to have nuclear technology.Political solution is better option than conflict,which Israel is doing.

  80. 80 Jennifer
    April 10, 2009 at 21:54

    @ Mona

    What part of going to a website and seeing video clips that comes straight from the source is me overlooking anything, has anything to do with anything I read, or my personal opinions? This is not a “Jennifer” problem…. and trying to make it one is ridiculous and off topic? The verification of everything I have said in this thread is available for everyone by going to any of the places I have already mentioned, even the people who are supposedly Iranian and saying that these things are untrue when obviously they are not!

    I find it really offensive that people find it acceptable for ANY woman to be sexually harassed and children to be taught hate just because of differences.

    And when considering if a source is credible; critically look at the source. All I had to do was see NYtimes and say no thank you! However, I read the article anyway….Would you like to speak to my good friend who lives in Israel? I am sure she would not mind to tell you what her experience has been like……

  81. 81 Kindi Jallow
    April 11, 2009 at 00:16

    I think the US has made a big mistake in their policy towards Iran and Iraq.
    Both countries were allays to America. It was America who equip and trained them and now that they have turned against America because of the American policy. In my remote memories the event of selling arms to Iran and diverting the profits to sponsor the Nicaraguan rebels was a big scandal and was the headlines for some time. This double standard was a foul play and made a scare on US policy in the Middle East.
    When Saddam invaded Quit it was a miscalculation for Saddam and was forced by America and their allays to withdraw. In order to understand the present we must know the past. If we read the past thoroughly it will help us understand the present and how to deal with the situation.
    when America wanted to risque American hostages in Iran what happen to the risque mission? I am with the opinion that America should apply “fresh thinking” in dealing with Gulf states and the world at large. It is often said when two elephants fight it is the grass that will suffer, although we did not fight any war but our status is not better than refuges because of hardship and financial problems.

  82. 82 An Iranian
    April 11, 2009 at 08:49


    In response to what you said, I appreciate UK’s long history of reform and fighting with dictatorship through campaigns… What I meant happened suddenly in the west is the additional issues of Human Rights like women rights, children rights, equality and refraining from Death sentence and hanging…. In Iran some issues of human right have already resolved and some others are improving if not stopped by religion. As you may know racism does not exist between Iranians. Different religions and races live together and they all know themselves Iranians and are proud of it. Something like you see in US but in Iran, it has a lot longer history. At the moment campaigns are not welcome and are stopped and unfortunately most Iranians refrain to get involved in politics. If you travel to Tehran and see how many well educated, capable, modern people are living in the same city as Ahmadinejad lives, you may think how on earth such a person is their Prime Minister but unfortunately they are not getting involved in politics to live peacefully and of course they don’t want to be manipulated to do the same mistake as revolution in 1979… Some people have more guts but it is not enough. I think the best thing would be to influence on some fundamental constitution laws and cut the religion’s hand from controlling government and push them to mosques again. I think they are going toward it little by little.

  83. 83 An Iranian
    April 11, 2009 at 09:02

    Why not you all see some photos from


    Of course there are mostly nice things but you may get an idea that Iran is not what you see through western Media. You may find other photos if you google search Iran, Tehran…

  84. 84 Solomon
    April 11, 2009 at 09:10

    Obviously some people need to read some books or do more research, rather than sitting in front of TV, absorbing CNN while chewing their snacks.

    @ Jennifer, your comments are so naive and childish. Iran has over 70 million people with 70 million different opinions, how dumb is if I say all Germans were supporting Hitler? or all Americans were practicing slavery, and so on? Nothing in this world is simple and easy to understand, between Black & White there are millions of gray shades.

    and to Miguel from Mexico, I just deleted what I was about to say. just let you know it was as offensive as yours.

    and to Steve, wasn’t it Hillary Clinton speaking in plain English about wiping Iran (obviously with every single inhabitant) off the world map? … so what’s the difference between Iran’s lunatic leader & the leaders of freedom & democracy?

    I’m in no way supporting Iran governments or any other religious state, nor any pseudo-democratic regimes.

  85. 85 An Iranian
    April 11, 2009 at 09:29

    @ Jennifer

    I think you may know that Jews were cooked in ovens in West not in Middle East!!! No Iranian has ever did any harm to Jews and if you read history you will see that they are far more thankful to Persian Empire and Cyrus the great who saved them and let them to follow their own believes for centuries. About Israil they have not been too nice because they know what they did to Palestine was not fair. They definitely are ashamed and are hanging in there to find a solution.

  86. April 11, 2009 at 18:19

    I agree with one commentator that the uneasiness which one feels when Iran is mentioned finds its cause in the behaviour of its leader. He reminds of the man led Germany into war and disaster from 1933 onwards.
    Given another leader, and the team which goes with, Iran could be like Lebanon or Egypt etc.
    There are also the military parades: massive missiles, goose stepping supposedly elite regiments , fighter aircraft.. . How can you not fear such people.
    Refusal of dialogue , arrogance. It’s all there.
    And finally engaging on the path towards nuclear weapons and long range vehicles.
    The west had better prepared …….

  87. 87 Kambiz
    April 12, 2009 at 11:03

    One thing that may cause misunderstanding is elections in Iran. I have to remind that elections in Iran is not like what should be. The Islamic Republic is not a democratic government, it is a dictatorship.

    If Ahmadinejad is president of Iran now, it is not because majority of Iranians wanted him. In Iran only such kind of persons become president or member of parliament, because other candidates get filtered by mullahs before reaching to the election. Therefore it doesn’t matter who are the final candidates, everybody knows who will have the votes. And do you know who vote? 10% up to 15% of Iranians who are agree with the Islamic Republic.

    Jeniffer, you trust too much on media. Rely on different sources and find the truth by yourself. If you study a bit history,you will realize that Jewish people have never had better friends than Iranians.

    For sure being fanatic is bad, this way or the other way, bad is bad with no misunderstanding.

  88. April 13, 2009 at 10:55

    All nations on the face of the planet are misunderstood. Are humans really so arrogant as to believe they have knowledge of all nations? Only through knowledge can you understand or misunderstand and that takes time which no human has currently. Our planet is a primitive civilization on a ponderous learning curve.

  89. 89 Jennifer
    April 13, 2009 at 13:50


    I hope you got my message and beloved BBC didn’t consider it rogue! 😛

  90. 90 m.a.shervani
    April 13, 2009 at 16:04

    The crux of the problem is ISRAELI occupation during 1967.

  91. 91 viola
    April 13, 2009 at 21:56

    Excuse me? When did Israel occupy Iran?

  92. 92 viola
    April 13, 2009 at 22:03

    Shakhoor Rehman, I think you are on the right track. Add wisdom and “do unto others” and the nations might get along better. I think there are wise, knowlegable, good people in every nation and they are the people who need to be in leadership positions rather than the ones who reach power by appealing to base emotions.

  93. 93 John LaGrua/New York
    April 15, 2009 at 13:23

    Iran is a complex country which American policy hs made even more opaque.Bush ‘s confrontational approach created antagonism where dialoque may create an atmosphere of mutual respect.Isreal and its US agents ,the IsrealiLobby have pushed for conflict despite the fact that such an action woud be disasterous for US interests in the Mid East .Nuclear armed Isreal has raised the risk level enormously and the new Isreali government has threatened military action .Fortunately,V.P. Biden warned Isreal, recently ,that such action would be ill-advised .President Obama has wisely opened the door to US -Iranain talks which could resolve the significant issues .The US must not allow Isreal again to draw it into another debacle like Iraq ..

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