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My first column from my road trip across Iran. I'd welcome your thoughts.
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Excellent piece, +Nicholas Kristof . I will be carefully following your trip across Iran. Please keep us posted here on Google +.
 
Nice article, Nicholas. Personally, I don't see the Iranian government being toppled any time soon. I think we in the west have this erroneous notion that democracy is the perfect government for every people--I don't think the world agrees with that. Some people like their monarchies, and even their theocracies, and we've seen instances where democracy has devastated a place (Bosnia/Yugoslavia/Southeast Asia).

The oldest countries on earth are not democracies, China, Persia, etc. If anything, these countries' governments have a lot of experience in managing their internal power bases, and, after all, the current Iranian government came to power by a popular ousting--of a western established government (the Shah).

Though, I could be wrong--Just a comment from the sidewalk...
 
I agree with you Mr +Nicholas Kristof  that some Iranian people are blaming their leadership, but I believe that this is not because of the leadership as it is because the bad situation the Iranian people live.
Especially that Western governments are trying to destroy the Iranian gov without any military clash using the public pressure by making people try to remove their government this way. (My opinion)

On the other hand, I do not blame the west about everything, since the Iranian government is limiting its people a lot. In fact, if the Iranian government give people the full freedom to move, work, establish their project and business as well as show their talent, I believe that sanctions will never affect Iran as they do now.
 
There are two problems in Iran,  Nicholas Kristof. The first one in about Iranian pretensions in the region and world. Iran, more than a religious country is a military one, where Revolutionary Guard is owner of companies, businness, and fills political and clerical positions around this rich country. That one comes with a necessity for them to build a spirit of Unity in their population based on the scare of a possible Amercian invassion in that country, and even when that possibility is true, it is used by the military to keep in control of the country.  The second one is the economic vision of the country.  They could be muslims and fundamentalists, but economic rules don't follow any religion, and now their ecponomic policy is a populist one, like in Venezuela.  That means to cover the current necessities of the people with the resources of oil, but they are so far to go ahead in what really matters, to buid private industries, and to use all the richness they have to send that country to the First World.  We need to analize Iran further than the religius issue, to understand how to deal with them.
 
+Mike Stutz This is true everywhere in the world that ruling autocrats (or theocrats) have a strong support base within the masses. This is true, because a sizable portion of people that are connected to the autocracy in one way or the other, benefit off of this (implicit) relationship. Despite this fact, it would be ignorant to assume that there is no thriving democracy movement supported by a good portion of people; I'd argue the majority. 
 
+Nicholas Kristof Your report comes right on the anniversary of the 2009 post-election protest and ensuing crackdown. It would have been nice to give that some more coverage and ask people on the street what they think of it. That is one of the biggest turning points of the country in the past decade. As much as I appreciate your effort to elucidate many Americans who've been kept in the dark on how Iranians love Americans at the grass-roots level, it would have been nice to give some deeper insight into the dynamics and fabric of the society. From an Iranian perspective, what you have covered is very basic common sense, but the question is what role the US plays (or does not) in liberating Iranians of their authoritarian regime. Such issues as hijab that you covered are mere symptoms, and it would be distracting to direct attention to symptoms rather than causes. 
 
i read the column. The essence is similar to the main stream media’s propaganda about iran. Most of educated people are against government and just poor uneducated who are brain washed, support it and people are suppressed and some funny examples like a blog writer who sent to jail as if the reason had been blog writing or simply writing against gov. this misleading picture of Iran is good for  your Media’s purpose in controlling public opinion but it is not true.
 
+Nicholas Kristof   I appreciate the fact that you have tried to portray an honest first-hand image of the average Iranian's views on the US by traveling to the rural areas, and having face-to-face conversations with uneducated or semi-educated Iranian workers.
But we need to remember that in no country is the average views of the uneducated section of the society nearly as impactful at national scale as that of the elite, the youth and the modern, well-connected sections of the society.
The French revolution started and finished in Paris. As did the Russian revolution right at the heart of the Red Square. Millions of working class masses, many of them zealous supporters of the party, became aware of all the colassal changes in the capital, only after they heard an official announcement from the national TV.
Bottom line, your efforts are appreciated, but you need to remember what distinguishes Iran from other countries in the region: Extremely large population of university graduates in large cities, unusually intensive involvement of the youth with politics, as reflected in all the heated debates in blogs and social networks, a powerful and decisive student movement that has played a major role in politics for the past six decades. These are the factors that sets Iran apart from other Muslim countries. Otherwise, you go to an uneducated poor farmer in the rural areas, and ask what they think of the US government, I guess you pretty much know what the answer would be all over a very large portion of the world.
 
people around the world are the same its the governments who screw up everything! I personally do not find Iran`s government in danger of any revolution since they have established their position very well.but the most important Characteristic of Iranian people is that they re unpredictable!
 
I read Nicholas's article this morning. I actually agree with his opinion. As an Iranian I think despite of government propaganda, the people of my country mostly have good picture of U.S in their minds that is probably because of good memories of the time the U.S and Iran had friendly relations with each. Most people believe that many of society services in the country like public health, roads, universities, agriculture services and many other things established only by U.S help after World War II. So the U.S and Americans have good picture in people mind. 
 
+Nicholas Kristof ,
I hope you had good time in Iran. I had a trip to Iran for 2 weeks just before yours and it was amazing.
About your report, I can't say the report is without bias.
You wrote: To me, Iran feels like other authoritarian countries I covered before they toppled. My guess is that the demise of the system is a matter of time
I don't know how many authoritarian countries have you covered before they toppled. But could you please give us an example of one of those countries? Then we can judge your feeling about collapsing system and see how similar is that country to Iran.
 
من با زبان خودم مطلب می گذارم ..
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/opinion/kristof-persian.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
منم یک مطلب بگم :
کاری به شیطنت داشتن نویسنده و شگردهای خبرنگاری و بی بی سی و ... ندارم.
نیازی هم به این موارد نیست.
نگاه عقلی و منطقی به این متن، تناقضهایی را نشان می دهد.
بنظر شما اگر تحریم ها کمرشکن باشد و فقر و بیچارگی ریشه کرده باشد، چه قشری را زود تر از نظام جدا خواهد کرد؟
چطور هست که این قشر که خبرنگار تاکید دارد که روستایی و بی سواد هستند، طرفدار نظامو رهبری اند و دسترسی جز رسانه های دولتی ندارند ؟!
طوری میگه دسترسی ندارند که واقعا تعجب برانگیز است.الان با یک رفتگر که صحبت می کنی، میبینی خیلی خوب از اوضاع و احوال مطلع هست.

و در انتها بایستی عرض شود که دیدن نهج البلاغه علوی کارگشا است و آن هم نامه امیرمومنان به علی مرتضی است که فرض بر صحت اطلاعات این آقا در نشر آن، یک جماعتی کارشان غور زدن است چه به آنها بدهی و چه ندهی ...

یک مطلب هم گفته که بعد از برخوردها با فتنه گران سال 88، دیگه استبداد و خفقان حاکم گشته :)
الان این آقای همشهری ما +علی بهزادیان نژاد که زندان رفته هم هست و خیلی راحت به کارش مشغول و امثال ایشان در همین پلاس و فیس بوک کم نیستند یا نمی دانم نامه های سران نهضت آزادی به رهبری و یا نوریزاد که تعداد نامه هایش را به مرز 25 تا می رساند و یا حجم حملات به دولت و رئیس جمهور آنرا کجای دلم بگذارم !!!
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unfortunately that's like a pre written article which you tried to prove using what you liked to see, of course I have told you that my people welcome you in a good manner but you really didn't try to know any thing about my people.
I'm just sorry about you waste your money, you could stay in your apartment and write the article no need to bother your self for traveling.
i recommend you never bother your self for a travel when you put your mind in your apartment and go out! there's no need to travel you can stay and watch films! you may learn more!
 
One of my friends, who has no G+ account, asked me to wire this:

I favor sanctions because I don’t see any other way to pressure the regime on the nuclear issue or ease its grip on power. said Mr. Kristof.

What a silly thing to say: sanctions are not aimed at easing the regime's grip on power or in reality are they? You sound like typical imperialist spokesperson wishing regime change in Middle East in places that stand up to Uncle Sam, shame on you.
-Kaveh
 
In the other report, where the Iranian man says: "Iranian people like American people, ..." the stress he uses on "American people" shows that he has continued his words  but unfortunately reporter cuts his words on inappropriate place.
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