Fareed is taking your questions
March 6th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Fareed is taking your questions

Do you have a burning question about what's going on in the world? From the U.S. presidential race to unrest in Syria, from China's rise to diplomacy with Iran, events are rocking the political, economic and social foundations of this planet.

Submit your questions in the comment thread below before 8am EST on Wednesday  and check back later in the week for Fareed Zakaria's video and text answers.

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  1. Soman Dhar

    Hi Fareed– I dont like that countries that believe in destruction of other countries should get nuclear weapons. Just because of that I believe we have every right to stop Iran from acquiring one.However my fundamental question is who gives a right to any country to push another sovereign country to say that they should not have nuclear weapon. I would say let them have it – they all know it is MAD (MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION) and no one will use the option– USSR never did.Neither has Pakistan or India.... there is a threat of using the weapon that keeps the country safe– Not sure if the west would have attacked Libya if they had a nuclear weapon!!! That is the reason why countries want to have one – it is an insurance against attack.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  2. manish

    Don't you think that western powers are behaving like a bully especially Israel? How can a country/ies which already have a/(>50) nuclear weapons can tell another country that you can't have it and think of being taken seriously? If they are really serious of this problem they should first get rid of their own nuclear weapons than and only than they should tell others "you can't have it". I think you might be knowing the incident of Swami Vivekanand....

    March 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  3. John Glossinger

    Has anyone taken a look at the President’s Press Conferences lately? The last one was creepy to the point of being downright scary.

    The room is eerily quiet and orderly compared to previous Presidential news conferences. The questions appear to be pre-submitted. Certainly someone outside of view is pre-selecting which reporters the President calls upon. The President seems to have concise, prepared answers – even though he is not known for doing very well without a teleprompter. There are no follow up questions.

    Isn’t this political control of the media? Who does the selection and by what criteria? What if a reporter goes off script?

    I really objected to the tenor of the latest so-called news conference and feel this issue should be addressed. What suddenly happened to freedom of the press?

    March 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  4. JoJo

    It is virtually impossible to elect a third party presidential candidate in the U.S., not so much because of politics, but because of a MATHEMATICAL flaw in our binary voting system which doesn't work when there are more than 2 candidates for an office. The best correction is optional "RANGE VOTING", which is basically a system where you rate each of the candidates for an office as opposed to giving your vote entirely and exclusively to one candidate. I invite you to educate yourself about this on the web and the following links:

    Here's a link where you can read about range voting:

    Here's a video tutorial that lasts about 15 minutes:

    Here's the Amazon.com link about the related 2008 book by William Poundstone "Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren't Fair":

    March 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  5. Fraser

    Would love to hear your take on the Kony 2012 campaign.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  6. Charles

    Watched your show just now. Analysis sharp as always. Pronunciation still sub-par. Remember: Jingle bells, jingle bells, all the way to Bei JING 🙂

    March 8, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
  7. yoav schroit

    Iran rational? Are you insane? Your are an ignorant fool for saying that. Hope you report from there when the bombs start to drop. I will never watch cnn and your show again...How can you say that Iran is rational when they are threatening Israels existance? You pig.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  8. Penny Ford

    How can we mature from knee-jerk, intuitive, reactions (Afghanistan/Iraq wars) to thoughtful, researched ACTIONS (Syria/Iran) without the constant barrage of criticism from the far right that we are "un-American" and dangerous?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  9. Arthur


    Your point about Iran would be all the more powerful if you can demonstrate that there are also irrational actors, and perhaps cite one of them.

    The concern is that you come from a school of thought were there is no such thing, is there? Isn't this at the heart of the debate over the existence of evil between the left and the right?

    March 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  10. Alan Gornik

    With all this talk of possible foreign help for the Syrian people's troubles, might not this be an opportunity for Israel? What if Israel offered to help the freedom fighters? Perhaps Israel could take the lead in airlifting supplies in, or offering help at the border, or even military support for rebel objectives. Wouldn't this lead to a major shift in Arab street goodwill if this could be pulled off? Or is this concept just impossible?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply


    March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Pat Bradley

      so you've never been wrong? fact is everyone has been wrong. it doesn't necessarily mean we shouldn't listen to their opinion. but if you don't care what fareed thinks then simply say that, don't say just because he was wrong once or even a few times that tarnishes everything else he says.

      March 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  12. Kamal

    I've been trying to find the answer to this question for a while: Does the Isreali government really see a nuclear Iran as a threat to their security or have they tcreated the myth of the Iran threat to win domestic and international support for their policies? As far as I'm concerned, an Iran with nuclear capability would never be stupid enough to bomb any country that already has nuclear capability. Also, an Isreali attack on Iran would only bolster the Iranian regime and give them more legitimacy.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  13. THM

    Fareed, just to add to the many questions about Iran, why isn't diplomacy and actually talking to the Iranian Leadership directly an option? Has that been attempted directly versus using the UN? Why can Russia and China continue to deal with Iran and not be excommunicated while everyone else thinks its so preposterous to have any ties or diplomatic relations with Iran?

    March 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  14. Joseph Chandler

    Do you know of any instance where the sanctions have worked in terms of getting the intended results. Can the sanctions stop the Iran from acquiring the nuclear weapons.

    March 9, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply
  15. Dilshard Uvais

    If this revolution happens in Syria. Will it be controlled by Islamic extremists?

    March 9, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
  16. dENAIRO12

    Urgent: Iranian Nuclear Threat!!!

    Hi Fareed, I would like to discuss Iran, Israel, and the nuclear conundrum

    I am working on an article and here is a brief summary of it, and I would like to hear your thoughts on it.

    Expedient Iran: The supreme leader’s fatwa against nuclear weapons and the hangover of an Israeli first strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities

    My concern is another irrational decision to attack Iran. Iran is not Iraq, and in the event as such, there will be adverse consequences for the entire Middle East and the world at large. This is to say that an attack on its nuclear sites will not deter it from developing more in the future, in fact they will come back more stronger, more determined, and more cautious. They will fortify them in more secure underground bunkers to prevent future attacks. They will also now consider revenge based on an expediency argument of being attacked first. In addition, they will explicitly prompt up the support of terrorist networks in the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and as well increase and extend its coordination and support for Hezbollah. This is what I am predicting. Therefore, Iran should be treated as an equal partner on this matter. The chain effects that could also bring the world economy to its knees should Iran succeed in blocking the Strait of Hormuz, should not be detested.

    The Persians claim a history to boast about. They have now settled in a nation-state called Iran, actually, The Islamic Republic of Iran. The nation of Iran has recently been stigmatized by many nations of the world, mainly, Western nations and regional rivals. This is because of a nuclear program that they are engaged in. They claim that it is for peaceful purposes. However, on the other hand, the West claims that they are gearing towards a nuclear weapon. This claim is loudest echoed by Israel. The prime suspect of Iran’s intentions, should they be evil as claimed by the Jewish state, which houses a people with an equally, if not superior to Iran’s, it is a history laden with tragedy, suffering and hope.

    The nation of Israel and Iran both seem to be at a logger head at present, with both engaging in furious rhetoric and a seemingly gesture of war preparedness. This is what the relationship between these two nations entails. This raises an interesting question, has the Persians and Jews always been at odds, and the answer is seemingly no. It is important not to forget the good deed that King Darius did (a Persian king) to the Israelis, and Israelis support to the Persians during their war with Iraq.

    Isaac M Cagai

    March 9, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  17. pranotoiskandar

    why the global leaders never consider the establishment of a global body that take care the global migration?

    March 9, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  18. Hamid

    Mr. Zakaria, with all due respect, I would like you to know that you are very wrong about the policies of the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They are as you said very rational leaders, but their logic is only for self preservation. They are nothing but a gang of murderers, theievs and lierrs. They are seeking a nuclear arm, and their only purpose of otaining nuclear arm is to take the people of Iran hostage. One can not forget what these gangs of murderers did to the people of Iran after the rigged election of 2008 who were simply asking what happened to their votes. One can not forget that almost every single past leaders of the regime is either assasinated, locked up, impresonned, or isolated. The mob that is running the Islamic Republic of Iran has absolutley no nationalistic ideology, and has no value for life of the Iranian People. All they are interested in is monopolizing the power to loot more and more of Iran's riches, and transfer it to the foreign banks. Have you not heard of the missing the very large sums of money in the government? The truck full of gold blocks and $$$ confiscated in Turkey worth over $20 Billion as Turkish leaders have aknowledged? The leaders of Islamic Republic of Iran have every intention to obtain nuclear arms, not to attack and destroy other countries, but only to follow the North Korean model of keeping the gates closed, and taking the people of Iran hostage, and doing what ever they want to them, and be assured that no one from outside is going to touch them. For this purpose thay have and are paying large some of stolen Iraninan money to their proxies Paestinians and Hezbollah, and other gangs in South American countries, and giving a lot of bribes to Russia and China to keep them in power. Therfore THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WILL BE THE ONYL VICTOMS OF A NUCLEAR ISLAMIC REPUBLIC REGIME.

    March 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  19. Nicole D. Mortis


    Why do your discussions regarding the threat of nuclear weapons or war in a particular region tend to leave the viewer at the point of anticipating the possibility of events surrounding that first launched attack rather than the what is left in any particular region of the world after that attack is launched?

    Knowing that there is much public misconception concerning the physical effects of nuclear war–some of it motivated by politics–should motivate you to leave the viewers dealing with some of the more compelling facts of life after a nuclear attack and the emotions of why these politicians drunk on their own power struggles and egos rather than the quality of life of their own people need to be stopped!

    March 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  20. Dave Stalker

    Read your gas prices piece on CNN Saturday. What about the role of commodity market specultors? They play games with the price of oil and make a killing on their market bets, while the rest of us get screwed at the pump.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  21. AmirDewani

    What they couldn't achieve in 34 years, they can do it in 24 hours. Just exercise self restraint of about half percent
    in the matter of your 20% consumption of the world's oil and see the price dwindling down. What you say Fareed?

    March 11, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
  22. charles cross

    Your response as to why the oil price per barrel has shot up seemed to conclude that Iran and Iraq were to blame. Why not try to tell your public how the price per barrel of oil is deteremined in the marketplace?????? Do the research and you might find that Iran and Iraq have little or nothing to do with the price of oil. Check it out!!

    March 11, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  23. Moses Altsech

    I don't have a question, but I do have a comment: I recently mentioned on LinkedIn that Fareed Zakaria is one of the finest journalists in the world today, and I always learn and think about something new every time I watch GPS. His "all-star panel," however, seems to have descended into "Crossfire mode" where everyone tries to talk over everyone else, and usually 3 people end up talking at he same time. To viewers at home, it becomes unintelligible and thoroughly disappointing. I suggest that perhaps the host or the producer coach the participants in advance, stop them dead on their tracks if they all talk at the same time in spite of the coaching, and not invite them again if they persist. They're true experts, they're fascinating to listen to, but they're also reducing the quality of one of the best news and information shows ever produced, and they should not be allowed to do so.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  24. Stephen Calvert

    Fareed Zakaria has developed a show that is one of the best on television. You have brought an intellectual discussion on many important topics that is substantive and engaging for the viewing audience. Having just witnessed the panel discussion featuring the Israeli/Iran and Israeli/Palestinian confrontation and conflict respectfully on this Sunday's show (3/11/12), I must say that losing control of the discussion to a non-cogent shouting match is very unlike the GPS discussions to which I am accustomed. If this type of behavior continues, I am not inclined to watch. Please bring to the conversation men and women who are under control and can respect the opinions of other panel members, allow each other to complete their thoughts, and the audience to hear their respective positions.

    Very disapointed in the general tenor of much of the debate that is happening on many programs and would hate to see it become part and parcel to yours. Thanks for listening.
    could bring some important perspectives to the topics.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  25. Betty Kiel

    Mr. Fareed Zakaria, we watch GPS before church each Sunday because your presentation of information is usually unparallel and your choice of guests is uplifting. Your show is an excellent source on current events and world affairs– GPS is one of the best shows on CNN. We admire the following about your show:

    1. Concise Reporting
    2. Statistics & Facts
    3. Worldwide View (substantiated by precise information) 4. Unbiased Integrity in reporting news items based on factual information- verified and not lending support to political rhetoric.
    5. Historical Research and honesty in Reporting

    Congratulations, you are the "Best"- "Gold Metal" Reporter today. We applaud your Integrity & Unbiased excellence in reporting world affairs!

    Thank You!
    Betty and Kimberly Kiel

    March 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  26. Pat Bradley

    Assuming obama wins re-election, what do you think obama need's to do to get netanyahu to play ball with the U.S. and the palestinian's? I'm wondering what you think of the idea that if netanyahu refuses to take serious steps to achieve peace, do you think that threatening to allow the palestinians to go to the U.N. unilaterally and achieve their state is a good idea.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  27. Adrian Oliveira

    Fareed, I respect the fact that you always seem to bring knowledgeable guests on your show which leads to good and interesting debates. But, on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, one man who's recognized globally as the expert on the topic by the likes of Norm Chomsky and others has never been invited on your show. This individual goes by the name of Norman Finklestein and I challenge you give him the opportunity to come on and debate the on the issue. You will not be disappointed.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  28. Tony Irvine

    I was disappointed to see you raise the issue of gas prices in Norway in an apparent attempt to mollify the resentment against this administration for high gas prices. There are parts of this country where people must drive hundreds of mies each week. I am sure that is much less common in Norway or all of Europe for that matter. There is double digit unemployment in some European countries. Does that mean we are lucky to have the high unemployment we have now?
    I know you will probably say you were trying to give some perspective on gas prices but without true perspective on our driving conditions in the West and Midwest, you do not do the topic justice.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
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