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President Obama Sends Message in a YouTube to Iran

In honor of the Nowruz, the Persian New Year, President Obama has decided to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In a video message, he praises the culture of Iran and the contributions of American-Iranians.

Obama says:

The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations. You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization. And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create.

By addressing Iran as the Islamic Republic, Obama makes it apparent that he's not pushing for a regime change. Are you impressed by or anxious about Obama's outreach?

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kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Agreed with zeze here.
zeze zeze 8 years
I think Jill is right, this is more of a pre-election message. The people are moving away from Ahmadinejad and to a more moderate candidate (forgot his name at the moment) and Obama is trying to give them an extra push. This is why Iran's Kaminai is upset, he said Iran will not be deceived, so I think he knows exactly what the point of this message is as well. And Iran's response is not unexpected, Obama didn't change anything from the last 30 years. He said what Bush has been saying only more politely and packaged with a Farasi blessing - and like we said before, just words and the right packaging won't get far if the substance isn't there.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Iran actually has a very high tech society, and they have massive access to satellite TVs. I don't think this was a message directed at the government so much as the people. People who are facing elections in June, during times of massive economic struggle in Iran. Failing to comply with the US and the UN will bring economic sanctions, which will hurt their already ailing economy. I think this is putting a face on the "carrots" for the Iranian people, so when the "sticks" come, they will see it is the fault of their own government, not the big bad Americans. He was very respectful, and spoke really good Farci in at the end.
stephley stephley 8 years
While Iran's leader may shrug off Obama's overtures, its people may have a different response.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I don't see where his message is all that different from what Bush said. That is, they are both saying that if Iran wants to play a role as a world leader, then changes need to be made. They both said straight out that Iran cannot continue to use aggression and terror if they want to be respected in the world. The difference is that Obama has maintained a tone of wanting to help the Iranians help themselves, while Bush was always much more threatening.
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Please see the New York Times' "Iran's Supreme Leader Dismisses Obama Overtures"
janneth janneth 8 years
I thought envious too. I think it is a smart move, too.
mermei mermei 8 years
I thought Youtube was blocked in Iran? Government censorship and all that.... How many Iranian people can even see this?
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
I agree with you, Carrie Sue. Iran wants to wipe both Israel, our ally and the only democracy in the Middle East, and us, off the map; to praise Iran's culture is a huge mistake, when they have a very real capability of using their nuclear weapons.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Communication is great, but it only goes so far. Especially with Iran. Especially WHEN Iran has the potential for nuclear weapons. Talkings not going to cut it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
yes communication is worthwhile, i think i read that on a hallmark card somewhere.
briglass briglass 8 years
that tehran should host the next special olympics. no, that communication is worthwhile.
stephley stephley 8 years
Actually, I went to envious - I actually googled Anvious and got something about japanese anime... So, thanks for the clarification!
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Ha :) Anxious...but I think you already knew what I meant.
stephley stephley 8 years
Anvious :?
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
That gets what, briglass?
briglass briglass 8 years
finally, a president that gets it. however, i could see how this could be considered somewhat hypocritical
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Anvious to say the VERY least.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think it's a smart gesture that gets an important message to the Iranian people.
piper23 piper23 8 years
"and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms" From what I've been reading about Napolitano and Obama's lack of use of the word "terror", I'm suprised he used that word while relaying a message to our soon to be BFFs, the Iranians.
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