Inside the Middle East
March 21, 2009
Posted: 619 GMT

CNN's Reza Sayah reports on the Iranian reaction to Obama's New Year (Nowruz) message to the Iranian people.

Reza Sayah reports. Click to watch.
Reza Sayah reports. Click to watch.

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Professor   March 21st, 2009 10:01 am ET

Lets sitdown and start talking face to face... what's this?

I would like to see Obama taking a trip to Iran and stretching his hand to Ahmadinejad and to Khamini

GLeigh   March 22nd, 2009 3:03 am ET

There are just different ways of looking at things. Many, maybe most, men in the U.S. see violence against women as the worst thing to do, "never hit a girl, for any reason." I've said it. So has my husband. Some cultures see lashes as acceptable for misbehavior. Some of us are older and remember Jimmy Carter and the Irian hostages which was mean. So I guess, in the U.S., our feelings and pride ache a little, and we want others to make the first move and the first acts of kindness instead of us giving in always. Some don't care. Some just want to concentrate on fixing here and our people and stop worrying about all the other stuff and people and what they want or need. I'm for it.

GLeigh   March 22nd, 2009 3:06 am ET

And if others don't want to – fine. It's nice to be left alone and work to help people here. I'd love it. Personally. Maybe we should all just chill and let our own people do their stuff and leave everyone else alone for awhile. Perhaps President Obama should announce to other countries that we have people working out hard times here and to get with him later, maybe, in like 6 months or a year (or ten years).

Professor   March 22nd, 2009 8:17 am ET


What about the feelings and pride of the rest of the people thoughout the world who have been hurt by the US actions over the years?.... do you think the Iranian just woke up one day and decided to take US hostages for no reason? Come one... wake up and smell the coffee. I applaude Obama for taking the first step but I don't think thats enough.

I think he should push for removal of all the sanctions against any country in the Arab and Muslim world. Take a trip and visit all the leaders in those nations and start a face to face communications with them.... He will find much better allies there that will not spy on the US like other so called allies who will stab you in the back.

Carlos   March 22nd, 2009 3:21 pm ET


So now you make excuses for Iran and it's acts of terrorism!!!! Violating diplomatic immunity. Violating international laws!

I'm not surprised! Yes-- have at it -– go negotiate with the terrorists !!!!

I hope you get what you wish for!!! You should have the opportunity to live under the thumb of an Islamic state and their form of justice. Then you'll really be whining and crying !!!!!

The US citizens are extremely fortunate that you're not associated with creating or implementing foreign policy.

Professor   March 22nd, 2009 8:39 pm ET


The Jewish Golden Era happen to be under Islamic State... go back and check your history.

For your information there are a lot of Iranian Jews.... I do not see them complaining as you do.

GLeigh   March 23rd, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Prof – It seems to me that no one has a problem taking our foreign aide or watching, under a microscope, what our banks and stock market do and reacting. People are great at judging. I'm pretty tired of it. There comes a point when we, the regular people, want to be left alone. I do. Israel and the U.S. are allies. No one from there has ever attacked our battleships or sent bombs into our cities. That I know of at least. I might be wrong. So going with the "we have a few allies and everyone else leave me alone and I will you too" policy sounds great to most I know. I know you want all the sanctions removed from Arab countries, but honestly, as a female, and one who had relatives in the Pentagon when it got hit, that's tuff stuff. I have doubts. I do think the leave us alone and we will you policy might work. I don't like bombs and missiles.

GLeigh   March 23rd, 2009 2:02 pm ET

I don't think all the foreign aide is great either, because people here need medical treatments and expensive surgeries and deserve, as citizens, first priority. When they are taken care of, if there is something left, send it to other places. Or invest in houses in this country to help the needy. I can't see all this foreign aide stuff to people who don't even like us because we are allies with Israel or whatever. Never have. Makes no common sense.

Carlos   March 23rd, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Professor March 22nd, 2009 2039 GMT


The Jewish Golden Era happen to be under Islamic State… go back and check your history.

For your information there are a lot of Iranian Jews…. I do not see them complaining as you do

professor, what are you rambling about now?????

Who mentioned The Jewish Golden Era???- not me !!!!

Did I claim there are no Jews in Iran?? Figment of your imagination

Did I say I see Iranian Jews complaining???? One more figment of your imagination!

Like I said before--- So now you make excuses for Iran and it’s acts of terrorism!!!! Violating diplomatic immunity. Violating international laws!

Professor   March 23rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET


Good for you... go preach that to your elected officials and see what kind of response you will get back from them.... LMAO

World traveler   March 23rd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Iran deserves what it has asked for, and as long as they continue to support hate and destruction, they will suffer.

GLeigh   March 24th, 2009 2:12 am ET

Prof – Our elected officials know. They are not stupid. It's all political, not common sense sometimes, but they do know and I do feel that way. Many feel that way. Change is in the air, and it's good.

GLeigh   March 24th, 2009 2:16 am ET

That is not to say that former President Bush did a bad job. I don't think that he dida bad job, but a good job, but it was during hard and changing times. He was to prepare us for this next step. We move up a little each time to the new time. And I don't preach. The human race always moves forward, despite difficulties. Look how far we have come just since the 1900's.

Itai   March 24th, 2009 3:00 am ET


how do you excuse the terrorism and crimes by USA it self?

how do you excuse the CIA rape in algeria?
how do you excuse that since the CIA is in algeria the terrorism there did rise up around four times
how do you excuse the illegal torture by CIA in maroc?
how do you excuse the bombs in vietnam which still are detonating whyle the USA is eating burgers and marshmellows at home
this people still suffer
how do you excuse the the illegal kidnapped people at guantanamo and maybe you dont know it ... but they were also tortured by USA
how do you excuse the bombs in cambodgia which also still in now time are detonating whyle the USA is eating again the burgers at home
how do ou excuse the corruption around the food for oil project
how do you excuse the the global warming and the boycott of the kyoto protocol by USA
how do you excuse that the USA is using the death penalty as a taliban country (what kind of uncivilised barbarians)
how do you excuse that a undemocratic bush which was not elected in 2000 had the power over nuclear weapons

sure your the best and the only correct and the only example of trustfull honest people ... no one is better then the USA vampire on earth ... which is turning actualy into a economic zomby beging for cash in china the woerst USA enemy for years because they are communists ... and now they turn to the friends which maybe will pay the US and will save it

Carlos   March 24th, 2009 1:57 pm ET

Itai March 24th, 2009 300 GMT


how do you excuse the terrorism and crimes by USA it self?


Sorry about your misunderstanding !!!!!!!

I'm Portugués-- live in Portugal--

You need to direct your hatred and rantings about the US and their policies to professor, IB Wright or their best buddy CS !!!!! They'll have all the answers for you!!!!

Itai   March 24th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

if it comes to crime by usa they have the same response as you
in the usa no one cares until the planes are landing in the pentagon
and they cry as babies

whyle they did much more woerse terrorist acts around the whole world ... before and after ground zero lost the rooftop

in vietnam still today people die because the us bombs
still today they lose weapons to terrorists in afgahnistan .. as they did "lose" them in iraq somewhere around 2007
they give the weapons to terrorists then they lose all documents about the direct transfer and then they dont know about anthing
what a joke

and about your portugal
i more like brasiu but also portugal look nice to me
i know a lot of people from there
but your for sure a very rare exemplar :p

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