Libya live blog: Coalition confirms strike on Gadhafi compound
A four-story building at the Tripoli compound of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was damaged Sunday night, apparently by a coalition airstrike.
March 20th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Libya live blog: Coalition confirms strike on Gadhafi compound

The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don't miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.

[10:51 p.m. Sunday ET, 4:51 a.m. Monday in Libya] An announced list of the countries participating in the military coalition: The United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar and Spain.

U.S. officials have said they plan to hand over operational control of the military mission in coming days.

[8:55 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:55 a.m. Monday in Libya] In the following video, CNN's Nic Robertson reports on his visit to the building - in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli - that apparently was struck in a coalition airstrike Sunday night. (A coalition official confirmed, after Robertson's report, that it had targeted the compound.)

[8:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] A coalition military official has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was targeted by airstrikes Sunday night, CNN's Chris Lawrence reported.

The official said the compound was targeted because it contains capabilities to exercise command and control over Libyan forces and the coalition goal is to degrade his military capabilities. The official said neither Gadhafi nor his residence was the intended target.

Earlier, the Libyan government said at least one missile struck a building inside the compound Sunday night. Western journalists, including CNN's Nic Robertson, were brought inside the compound to survey the destruction.

[8:26 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:26 a.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel in electronic trading Sunday following escalating violence in Libya, where international forces fired on Libyan defense sites, CNNMoney reported.

The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, for April delivery gained $1.95 to $103.02 a barrel. The more active May contract jumped $2.08 to $103.93 a barrel.

[8:10 p.m. Sunday ET, 2:10 a.m. Monday in Libya] The Gadhafi-compound building in Tripoli that was damaged in what may have been a missile attack Sunday night is about 150 yards away from a Gadhafi building that was struck in a 1986 U.S. airstrike, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[7:56 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:56 a.m. Monday in Libya] A member of the Libyan opposition told CNN that the Gadhafi government collected bodies of people killed in fighting in the past week and displayed them over the weekend, trying to show they were killed by coalition airstrikes. The claim by Ahmed Gebreel, who cited eyewitnesses and medical officials, could not be verified by CNN.

The Libyan government has claimed that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks.

[7:15 p.m. Sunday ET, 1:15 a.m. Monday in Libya] A building at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli was damaged by at least one missile about 2.5 hours ago, a Libyan government official tells CNN's Nic Robertson.

Robertson said government officials took him to the four-story building. The roof has collapsed, he said. Robertson said he isn't able to verify what caused the damage, but the government's timeline coincides with a blast that Robertson heard late Sunday, and the building looks as if it were hit by missiles, Robertson reported.

Robertson said he doesn't know where Gadhafi is, and that there is no evidence that he is at the compound. No one was injured in the strike on the building, a Libyan government official told Robertson.

U.S. officials earlier Sunday said they are not targeting Gadhafi.

[6:36 p.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 a.m. Monday in Libya] President Obama and his national security team made phone calls Sunday to try to shore up support in Arab governments for the military mission in Libya, with top White House aides reaching out to officials of the Arab League to insist the bombing does not exceed the scope of a U.N. mandate, according to senior administration officials.

The lobbying came after Arab League officials complained earlier Sunday that airstrikes in Libya by the U.S. military and allies went beyond instituting a no-fly zone, CNN's Ed Henry reports. The senior officials said the Obama team stressed to the Arab League that bombing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses falls within the U.N. Security Council resolution's scope of imposing a no-fly zone and taking "all necessary measures" to stop the dictator from attacking civilians in his own country.

[5:57 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:57 p.m. in Libya] Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that the Libyan operation is off to a "a strong and successful start" but he warned against widening the goals of the mission beyond what was spelled out in the United Nations Security Council resolution. Gates spoke from aboard a U.S. military aircraft en route to Russia.

[5:40 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's calling a cease-fire with rebels, a British prime minister's office spokesman drew attention to the Libyan government's previous call for a cease-fire, made Friday.

"Everyone will recall that in recent days Col. Gadhafi declared a ceasefire which was promptly violated," the 10 Downing Street spokesman said. "We said then we would judge him on his actions not his words - and we will do so again.

"His obligations are very clearly set out by the U.N. Security Council resolution. Our assessment is that he is in breach of these obligations so we will continue to enforce the resolution."

The Libyan government had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

[5:35 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 p.m. in Libya] More on U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney comments on Gadhafi: Gortney was asked about reports of smoking rise from the area of Gadhafi's palace. Gortney said: "We are not targeting his residence."

[5:16 p.m. Sunday ET, 11:16 p.m. in Libya] In his press briefing earlier this afternoon, U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney emphasized that the international coalition's air campaign is not deisgned to target Gadhafi, but is limited to enforcing a no-fly zone and preventing Gadhafi's forces from further pressing rebel positions.

"We are not going after Gadhafi," Gortney said at the Pentagon. "Regime forces are more pressed and less free to maneuver."

Despite Libyan government contentions that women, children and clerics have died in allied attacks, Gortney and other officials said that's not the case. "We have no indication of any civilian casualties," the admiral said.

[4:47 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:47 p.m. in Libya] Reacting to the Libyan military's call Sunday night for an immediate cease-fire, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Africa Command said that "we have to wait and see if it's genuine."

"We urge the Libyan government to do everything it can to demonstrate its sincerity," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley told CNN.

The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

Gadhafi's forces shelled opposition forces in the west of the country on Sunday before the call for the cease-fire was made, according to rebels.

[4:42 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:42 p.m. in Libya] Anti-Gadhafi forces are heartened by international coalition attacks that smashed a convoy of about 70 military vehicles belonging to pro-Gadhafi forces outside of Benghazi on Sunday. But they are increasingly concerned that pro-government elements within Benghazi's population will carry out intimidation campaigns and targeted assassinations of opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold in eastern Libya, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

[4:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:34 p.m. in Libya] Senator Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, has questioned the decision by the United States to pursue military action in Libya without clearly defined objectives, and expressed concern over the role of the U.S. in Libya's future.

"Where does our involvement stop?" Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked. "This is why, before it begins, we ought to have a plan and we ought to have outcomes defined as to why American forces, American money are going to be at stake."

[4:23 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:23 p.m. in Libya] U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has released a sharply worded statement in Washington pressing President Barack Obama to lay out more detail about the administration's goals in Libya.

"Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved," Boehner said in the prepared statement.

Shortly after Boehner's statement was released, Obama - who is in Brazil - said in a speech that the people of Libya have taken "a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens."

"Across the region, we have seen young people rise up – a new generation demanding the right to determine their own future," added Obama. "From the beginning, we have made clear that the change they seek must be driven by their own people."

[4:08 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:08 p.m. in Libya] At least two explosions could be heard moments ago in Libya's capital, and anti-aircraft fire has followed, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[4:06 p.m. Sunday ET, 10:06 p.m. in Libya] Coalition strikes have been "very effective in significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability," U.S Vice Adm. William Gortney said in a briefing Sunday.

[3:37 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:37 p.m. in Libya] The United States and Britain have now fired a total of 124 Tomahawk missiles at Libya's air defense sites since strikes began Saturday night, Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley says.

[3:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 9:04 p.m. in Libya] The Libyan military has called for an immediate cease-fire, an army spokesman announced Sunday.

The Libyan government previously had called for a cease-fire with rebels on Friday. Rebels and Western governments, however, said the Libyan military continued to fight against the opposition, leading to the international coalition's airstrikes and no-fly-zone implementation on Saturday night.

[2:27 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:27 p.m. in Libya] Libya initiated anti-aircraft fire into the Tripoli sky Sunday night, though an attack by allied forces was not apparent, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.

[2:04 p.m. Sunday ET, 8:05 p.m. in Libya] A senior doctor at the medical center in Benghazi, Libya, confirmed Sunday that 95 people were killed and an unknown number injured in Saturday's assault on the city by pro-Gadhafi forces.

[1:53 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:53 p.m. in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama participated in a secure conference call and received a briefing on U.S. military operations in Libya on Sunday morning, the White House said in a statement.

[1:34 p.m. Sunday ET, 7:24 p.m. in Libya] The Arab League was holding an emergency session at its headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Hisham Youssef, Arab League Chief of Staff, told CNN, "We are currently studying the situation and evaluating the air strikes to be able to decide." He said the League has not "taken any stand or reached a final decision." Read more about the Arab League and its role in the Libyan crisis. Watch CNN's Reza Sayah discuss the Arab League.

[1:15 p.m. Sunday ET,  7 p.m. in Libya] Qatar has offered to send four fighter planes to the coalition effort, the French Defense Ministry said.

[11:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 5:45 p.m. in Libya] Italy announced that as of midnight Sunday, four Tornado warplanes and four F-16s will be made available.

[11:00 a.m. Sunday ET, 5 p.m. in Libya] A critique of the U.S. involvement in the military intervention in Libya that will no doubt be common in coming days is that the Obama administration is making a large error by embarking on a war with a third Muslim country, as if reversing Moammar Gadhafi's momentum against the rebels will be a rerun of the debacle of the war against Saddam Hussein. Peter Bergen explains why what's happening Libya isn't the same as what happened in Iraq.

[10:45 a.m. Sunday ET, 4:45 p.m. in Libya] Russia urged coalition nations to stop the use of force against Libya, challenging the use of the U.N. no-fly zone resolution as a "controversial step." In a statement published on its website, Russia's Foreign Ministry said air strikes carried out by coalition forces killed 48 civilians and injured 150.

[10 a.m. Sunday ET, 4 p.m. in Libya] Turkey will serve as a "protecting power" for the United States in Libya, senior State Department officials told CNN. As a protecting power, Turkey will represent the United States in Libya, including acting as consular officers on behalf of U.S. citizens in Libya and looking after American diplomatic facilities in the country. Turkey can also pass messages between the U.S. and Libya. Full story

[8:23 a.m. Sunday ET, 2:23 p.m. in Libya] A military convoy near Benghazi in eastern Libya was destroyed by multiple airstrikes, leaving charred bodies, tanks and trucks, CNN's Arwa Damon reported from the scene.

- A no-fly zone in Libya is "effectively in place," U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told CNN.

[6:53 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:53 p.m. in Libya] Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were shelling the city of Misrata on Sunday, using tanks, artillery and cannons, a witness said. Rebels in the city were fighting back, the witness said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

[6:36 a.m. Sunday ET, 12:36 p.m. in Libya] Nineteen U.S. warplanes, including stealth bombers and fighter jets, conducted strike operations in Libya on Sunday morning. The warplanes included Marine Corps Harrier Jets, Air Force B-2 stealth bombers, and F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, according to Lt. Cmdr. James Stockman of U.S. Africa Command. It is the next phase in the operation that started Saturday with the launch of more than 110 Tomahawk Cruise missiles from U.S. and British warships and subs.

[5:40 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:40 a.m. in Libya] In another defiant speech, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi promised "a long-drawn war" after international airstrikes in his country by the United States and allies.

"You have proven to the world that you are not civilized, that you are terrorists - animals attacking a safe nation that did nothing against you," Gadhafi said in a televised speech.

Throughout the address, an image of a golden fist crushing a model plane that said "USA" filled the screen.

Gadhafi said the strikes was a confrontation between the Libyan people and "the new Nazis."

"If the men are killed, then the women will take over. They will hold the green flag high," he said.

[5:35 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:35 a.m. in Libya] An eyewitnesses in Misrata claims there is heavy artillery and tank fire under way in the town. The eyewitness also claims no aircraft have been seen or heard.

[5:26 a.m. Sunday ET, 11:26 a.m. in Libya] Libyan TV has announced that Moammar Gadhafi "will address the Libyan people shortly to address the nation concerning the assault of the crusaders against the people of Libya."

[1:10 a.m. Sunday ET, 7:10 a.m. in Libya] Fighter jets were seen flying over the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sunday morning. It was not immediately clear who the fighter jets belonged to.

China's foreign ministry expressed regret over the military strike on Libya and said it does not agree with use of force in international relations.

The Spanish armed forces will send four F-18 planes, a refueling plane, an F-100 frigate, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft to Libya.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced the military intervention in Libya, and slammed the United States and the United Nations. "They (the U.S.) want to appropriate the oil in Libya; they don't care about anyone's life in that region," he said, according to Venezuelan state media. "When have they cared about the lives in those places if they keep on bombing Iran and Afghanistan?"

A defiant Gadhafi said Libya will fight back against undeserved "naked aggression." His military claimed nearly 50 people, including, women, children and clerics, were killed in Saturday evening's attacks.

American, French and British military forces, convinced that Gadhafi was not adhering to a United Nations-mandated cease-fire, hammered Libyan military positions with missiles and fighter jets in the first phase of an operation that will include enforcement of a no-fly zone.

French fighter jets deployed over Libya fired at a military vehicle Saturday, the first strike against Gadhafi's military forces, which earlier attacked the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Gadhafi, speaking early Sunday on Libyan state TV, said the U.N. charter provides for Libya's right to defend itself in a "war zone." Weapons depots will be opened, he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. military force from Brazil on what happened to be the eighth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

In the next few days, U.S. military officials expect to hand over control to a coalition commander. Canada and Italy also are part of the coalition.


soundoff (685 Responses)
  1. Empire

    We have no business getting involved as worlds policeman. As an American who has seen his Country at War for more than 10 years with no end in sight, this is very disturbing. Obama no su puede.

    March 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. pointworks

    the vanir-agroup of gods associated with fertility ,telling future and wisdom venerated by the pagan anglo saxons:
    jesus refered to his father as the only true god "jehovah"and he himself stated" besides me there is no god".he is unique,no one else shares his position and he stands in utter contrast(against)all such objects of worship as idols,glorified humans,and satan all these are false gods and do not promote peace and unity but cause divisions,hatred,and death as you see happening all over the world.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Galt

    President Obama and the United States should be focused on our economy and extricating ourselves from fruitless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as opposed to yet another military adventure overseas! Let other nations risk the own personnel and pay for this war in particular let the Arab League and Arab neighbors spend their billions in oil money and their own Air Force personnel if they want to stop aggression in Libya.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bbarc

    What scares me is how casually this was entered into. Mr. Obama barely paused his popularity? tour to enter yet another US initiated war. Don't let France's 15 minutes fool you. My country has acted as the agressor, again. Oil, from the bowels of the earth comes the root of todays evil. This is certainly not about human life. If life is held to be so precious, how can Africa be explained? No OIL!

    March 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. keith

    Chavez can't even get anything right....according to him we are bombing Iran....what a moron

    March 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Russia wants the end of the no fly zone. Got it, Russia will be embarrassed by how ineffective weapons sold to Kaddafi will perform, but on the other hand they know that if Kaddafi survives he will buy weapons from Russia, Russia will never change, always a snake in the grass.
    The Arab league now wants a stop of bombings due to civilian casualties. What a joke, if you count deaths across the Arab world due to revolts it exceeds 500 or more, but who counts. I urge the league to go back to the coffee shop, order a water pipe and load it with some Colombia gold. Soon you are all be in dream land of Arab green fields of milk, honey
    and virgins in waiting.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sifon

      you really didnt see the difference between 500 deaths in mass level revolution and killing 60 people just by one day in so called "help"? how is possible that super cool allies with high-tech stuff and "honor and truth" kill more people in one day then "monster" Gaddafi with his "ruthless" army?...start to think pal..this has nothing to do with justice..they live there happily..or how woudl you explain that if he is so hated how coudl he give the people guns and ammo to protect themselfs again allies and they do not shot again him if he is soooo baaad and everyone wants him down?...blink? or not

      March 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      You talk about what Russia wants and what the Arab League wants without mentioning what you want which is for Russia and the Arab League to stop talking so you and your ilk could bomb a country that isn't attacking us and kill its citizens (well the one you decide you don't like)

      March 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      @Bill: And BTW if Russia's arms are so worthless then why don't we just invade them to get rid of them being an existential threat to us. In fact why did we make such a ruckus over them sending SA -400 missiles to Iran if their tech is so crappy? Why do we hitch rides on their spacecraft if they're so backwards and we are so advance. Idiot.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SadCynic

    RE: Libya, Arab League, Russia.
    We try to help at request of Arab League. Even Russian Prime Minister, just a few days ago, after meeting Turkish officials, stated a No-Fly zone was needed! Latest re-action from these two leaves me feeling physically sick and disgusted. Here we go again! Puerile, geo-politics from people so rich and powerful they have little connection with the reality of the lives of ordinary people. I just hope we can continue to do what is necessary to protect decent Libyan people from the thuggery they've had to endure to date

    March 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. justan oppinion

    The US should have let France and Canada go alone.The US be a spectator, like those two have been since WW2

    March 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      French and Canadian soldiers have been dying right alongside our troop in Afghanistan and Iraq. Well maybe not so much the French lately, but they played an important role in Afghanistan right after 9/11. Neither was forced to join us, but they did anyways. I think that counts for something.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joan

      Tell that to the Canadian vets of the Korean war, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. My father fought in Korea (519 Canadian VOLUNTEERS, not conscripts, died there), one of my former students fought in Bosnia, and another former student has done three tours in Afghanistan. You need a history lesson my friend!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      Canada is rarely a spectator -France on the other hand has deep ties with the Arab states and must make judicious choices. Methinks you don't read much.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Your not really up to date at all. Canadians served in Korea, Vietnam and were in Bosnia before the US. You might take your opinion and put where the sun doesn't shine....you will find the French there as well.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwelle

      man give me a break. there is not a single country on the face of this earth besides the US that has the bauls to fight a war or take the lead of a war. in world war 2 the whole world was crying for the US to enter and help against Hitler. Canada, UK, no not the commies China or Russia or France would be wetting their pants at the thought of going into war without the US

      March 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      OMG Maxwelle. No offense, believe me. The US did not enter the war until after they stopped doing business with Germany in the first place. No one was screaming for the US to enter. And they did not enter until later on and then they take credit for saving it all which simply is not true. The Canadians were in the war way before the US. And you might also like to know that not a single American assest in Germany was ever bombed. Not a sinlge GM / Opel factory was ever destroyed. Go figure $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

      March 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ran

    Dictators come and go. People a remembered no matter what side they are on. Wars go into history and humans go on til there are no more left. We are born kicking and screaming and in most cases go out the same way because of fear of change and death. The moral of the story, every war has it's spoils; change comes and goes but people will always fight tooth and nail to be remembered and make what they believe come forth.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. somuchfor

    Canada is rarely a spectator -France on the other hand has deep ties with the Arab states and must make judicious choices. Methinks you don't read much.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Well I sometimes think France should remember who saved their precious little country so many years ago. After they were kind enough to dig the trenches so many Canadians and later on Americans died defending them. And the same thing again after they tossed in the towel in WWII. Now that they have strong ties to other countries does that mean they are "like" hereos all of a sudden. Maybe they were in Afganastan at a wine bar....they are not there now...big surprise. I'll send them some Freedom Fries.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      @sam: you forgot how they pulled out of vietnam as well. so what are you saying, that france is not an ally?

      March 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      What I'm saying is exactly what you said. The French are there and then....gone. This has been their pattern. Do they deserve so much credit, this time? They may be an ally at times. But during war you know right where to find the French....just look behind you. Another piece of history for you is that the US has been cleaning up every problem created by the British Empire some years ago.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Emma

    Gadhafi should be held 100% responsible for the destructions taking place in Libya now. A tyrant and a fool that he is, if he had towed the part of honor and stepped down just as Ben Ali and Mubarak did, Libya would have been spared this trouble. So, whatever happens, both in the short and long run, he must be held accountable and brought to justice. Again, I am utterly disappointed in the so called Libyan Armed Forces. Are they so chicken-hearted that they cannot remove the Devil holding them bound for the past 41 years and save their country? Why should they allow him to drag all of Libya to perdition? Shame on them.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sifon

      just becouse some bunch of power greeding terrorist want to?...if ten percent of citizens of your town rise again all and your govement will agree with them and start to attacking of the rest, will it be right?...just wake-up from your media dream..they live happily..but some loosers smelled a chance for grabbing some power becouse of egypt situation...it has nothing to do with democracy..the living level of egypt and libya is incomparable..

      March 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Cohen

      MOST MEN allow their women and children to be locked in and held prisoner in their homes while a dictator holds their country hostage for it's resources!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      I could get into the logic of why your post doesn't make any sense, but it would just be stating the obvious to anyone with a brain that reads your post. Suffice to say you're and idiot.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RDG

    What happened to the Anti-War Dems. Why are they not demonizing Obama like they did Bush. Hypocrites!!

    March 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Cohen

      BUSH LIED!!!! WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!! OBAMA IS A HUMANITARIAN! I AM A DEMOCRAT!!! F YOU ALL!!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian Helm

      Good question. The simple answer is: These two situations are very different. Read Peter Bergen's explanation of some of the differences here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/03/20/bergen.libya.us.

      March 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GPS

    Lets kill more civilians!! Those people are as much to blame for Gadhafi having lasted as long as he has!! They love him! Don't be fooled. Let all the Arab League countries crawl back under the camels!!!

    March 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ibrahim Misurati

    To everyone id like to say a few things, we can not compare Iraq or Afghanistan to whats happining in Libya right now, this is actully an oppertunity for the western world to stand up with the people who are suffring and actully try to bring change and freedom, instead of not doing anything at all, also the situation in libya is CLEAR whos BAD Muammer Gadafi, and GOOD the people who want freedom and peace. last but not least, let not forget that we asked the UN to help us under our conditions which were accepted and as free libyans we dont see this as an act of war agianst Libya but brining the balance of power on the ground to a more equal fight. last from friends in libya ALL Targets were accurate nooo civilian casuilties!!! he's a liar from the begining no one belive what he says!

    March 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • SadCynic

      Well said Ibrahim. But you are preaching to the converted here (I think). What you really need to do is get everyone in Libya who can, contact Arab League member states and tell them to stop their duplicity; get involved; so this tragedy can be over A.S.A.P.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Christ, if he existed, died two thousand years ago Pointworks. The teachings made by him or in his name are mostly irrelevant except for the same three "golden rules" most people live by and have been taught by everyone. A book written by corrupt men and the religions they create to enforce their corruption are not merely annoying, they are dangerous and must be ignored.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Fattal

      Christ was a revolutionary. He wanted to created a new religion, the Jews objected to it and the Romans didn't want him, so they crucify him. That was then. Now we have too many preachers creating new churches on his name and making millions out of it.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      Ghadafi's Greedy Grip of Governance and Power is pulling the entire country down the drain. Be is becoming suicidal, willing and ready to drag the entire Libya to hell.

      Ghadafi "must" be taken down ASAP at all cost and save (more) thousands of lives from getting perished.

      "WICKED must be SLAYED to bring forth RIGHTEOUS purposes. It' better that ONE MAN should PERISH than a NATION to dwindle and perish in inequities.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Math

      A minute could mean A life if Ghadafi continues to live and reign.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • African voice

      Hi Math
      Gadhafi leads this country for 42 years and the government provide houses to Libyans without being in welfare but as government responsability and more than 1 millions foreigners lived and worked in Libyans without work authorization. I know Gadhafi leads for long but he keeps Libya in peace and prosper

      March 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vidar

      Thank you, African voice, You are right about that. The people of Libya are being terrorized by the powers of Europe because of Obama's policy. They are all deceived to do this evil thing.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vidar

      Your comments are misguided.The only one bringing hell to Libya and the Libyan people is Obama and the European authorities. They are the sinners who use murder to gain control over what is not theirs. Open your eyes, and see the destroyer at work on your TV. It's not the Libyan leader who is killing Libyans. It is NATO and the UN, and of course Obama, who jumped the gun and made a bad decision and started it all. These people will have to answer for their crimes against Libya.

      June 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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