September 22nd, 2009
11:44 AM ET

World should shun Iran leader

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Akbar Ganji
Special to CNN

This week world leaders will gather in New York for the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be among them, Iranians reject his claim to leadership. They strongly oppose any meeting or recognition of Ahmadinejad, especially by President Obama.

The pro-democracy movement in Iran today unanimously believes that he enjoys his current position because he was "reappointed" president after stealing several million votes in June 12 presidential election.

Popular protests against this state of affairs have been met with bullets from the Iranian regime. Thousands were arrested and dozens were killed. Opposition supporters have been tortured in jail and credible reports of rape have surfaced.

In recent years the Western media has not focused on the systematic human rights violations in Iran but rather on Iran's nuclear ambitions and Ahmadinejad's rhetoric toward Israel and the Nazi Holocaust. Iranians are deeply upset by the general inattentiveness of the media and world leaders to their political protests.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Michael C. McHugh

    I have no use for the fascist regime in Iran and hope its own people will overthrow it. Only they can do that, of course, not us. I am not particularly interested in negotiating with Iran, and I doubt that they are with us–or that they would ever keep any agreements they made.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Mari, where is the justice for the 3000 killed on 9/11 and their families? It wasn't lack of respect on our part that caused the attack, it was extremism on theirs. If they want respect they need to earn it by taking charge and reigning in the extremists that they now shelter and support.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  3. alexlyrics

    This guy clearly loves attention and media be it negative or positive. We continue to give him an audience and he loves it. The man who hardly ever goes anywhere without his members only jacket.

    You can see from his face in interviews he loves the attention. I don't believe that he believes even half of what he says, he just knows that by acting radical he gets more power.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  4. Mari

    Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

    The answer is not always bombs & wars. The United States needs to win over the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle-East by showing them respect, giving them justice and proving to them by our actions that killing is not the answer!

    Gandhi was one man, who pushed the mighty British Empire out of India, without a single bullet!

    We can bring peace & freedom to the Middle-East by promoting peace and non-violence. For the last 8 years the U.S. has been at war, we are bankrupt, we have lost over 4000 American Soldiers, we have killed countless Iraqi & Afghan civilians, when does the madness of war end?

    September 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  5. jenny

    Don't worry just heard Gadaffi is pitching his tent is Martha Stewarts neighborhood.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  6. Melissa

    Well we all know that behaving like a child will make others respect us, so why not.

    No, they shouldn't shun him. Its childish. They should make their displeasure vehemently known.

    September 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm |