N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here
Anti-government demonstrators in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday.
February 21st, 2011
11:44 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:

LIBYA 11:45 p.m. ET, 6:45 a.m. local: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Libya to immediately stop the "unacceptable" attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

"Like you and many others around the world, I have seen very disturbing and shocking scenes, where Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from warplanes and helicopters," Ban said from Los Angeles. "This is
unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law."

LIBYA, 11:22 p.m. ET, 6:22 a.m. local: At the request of Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations - who earlier today called the crackdown in Libya a "genocide" - the U.N. Security Council scheduled a Tuesday morning meeting on Libya. This will be the first time the council has held consultations over any of the revolts that have swept Arab nations since January.

LIBYA, 11:09 p.m. ET, 6:09 a.m. local: A Libyan woman, speaking on condition of anonymity to CNN's Anderson Cooper, recounts a massacre near her home in Tripoli:

BAHRAIN, 8:51 p.m. ET, 4:51 a.m. local: CNN's Tim Lister reports from Bahrain, where he walked among protesters in the capital's Pearl Roundabout. Thousands of demonstrators were in the roundabout on Monday, preparing for a massive demonstration on Tuesday. Lister says the demonstrators' encampment has taken on an air of permanence, with tents, makeshift kitchens, even a rudimentary field hospital.

More on the Bahrain protests:

LIBYA, 7:40 p.m. ET, 2:40 a.m. local: About 15,000 of Libya's 2 million to 3 million Egyptians returned Monday across the border, border officials said.

The Egyptian military has set up refugee camps near its border with Libya and set up two mobile hospitals at the Salloum border crossing to assist Egyptians fleeing the protests in Libya, Egypt's state-run news website EgyNews
reported late Monday.

LIBYA, 7:33 p.m. ET, 2:33 a.m. local: Here is more on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 40-second appearance - in which he said he still was in Libya - on state-run TV Tuesday morning:

"I want to have some rest," the embattled Libyan leader told a reporter in front of what Libyan television said was his house as he pulled out an umbrella in the rain. "Because I was talking to the young man at Green Square,
and I want to stay the night with them but then it started raining. I want to show them that I am in Tripoli, not in Venezuela. Don't believe those dogs in the media."

Green Square is where pro-government demonstrators in Tripoli have been located.

LIBYA, 6:49 p.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday morning on state-run television that he is not in Venezuela as rumored, but in Tripoli.

Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

Here is video of Gadhafi's comments to Libyan state-run TV:

LIBYA, 6:46 p.m. ET, 1:46 a.m. local: CNN's Cairo bureau chief Ben Wedeman has entered eastern Libya and is the first western television reporter to enter and report from inside Libya during the current crisis. He says much of eastern Libya appears to be in opposition control.

"What we saw as we were driving in is that this part of eastern Libya is clearly under the controls of the rebels - the forces that are opposed to Col. Gadhafi," Wedeman by phone on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"We saw along the road a lot of groups of men with shotguns - with machine guns - in civilian clothing. They call themselves basically the popular committees that are trying to maintain some sort of order along the way.

"Clearly the situation is very unstable. What we saw was that there are a lot of people – mostly Egyptians – who are leaving Libya at the moment. At the Egyptian border we were told by Egyptian officials that 15,000 Egyptian s left Libya, returning to Egypt."

"There are some signs of normal life. Gas stations are open. Stores are open. We saw … what looked like kebab shops that are functioning. There is a fair amount of traffic on the road, although I was told that was mostly Egyptians leaving the country."

LIBYA, 6:35 p.m. ET, 1:35 a.m. local: Libyan state TV is reporting that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is to speak soon.

LIBYA, 6:28 p.m. ET, 1:28 a.m. local: Ali Al Oujli, Libya's ambassador to the United States, said earlier today that he urges protesters in Libya "to keep momentum alive."

"If they they keep the momentum in the Libyan streets, (then) they’ll reach their goals. ... They have a very good experience on what happening in Egypt and what happening in Tunisia. And they should not compromise."

LIBYA, 6:22 p.m. ET, 1:22 a.m. local: Earlier today, this blog reported that Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters Monday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide.

Below is video of those comments. Dabbashi was speaking in reference to reports that the Libyan military was firing on protesters.

LIBYA, 6:07 p.m. ET, 1:07 a.m. local: A formerly pro-government newspaper in Libya is reporting that African mercenaries are shooting at unarmed civilians in Tajouraa, 25 miles east of Tripoli. The newspaper Quryna's perspective has changed since protests in Libya began.

CNN could not immediately confirm the report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country.

LIBYA, 5:32 p.m. ET, 12:32 a.m. local: The United States on Monday condemned the violence in Libya and called for a halt to the "unacceptable bloodshed" in response to civil unrest, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly," Clinton's statement said.

LIBYA, 5:29 p.m. ET, 12:29 a.m. local: Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, told the Libyan state news agency that the Libyan armed forces have not targeted protesters in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libyan state television reported Monday.

Al-Gadhafi said the bombardments targeted ammunition storage facilities in remote areas.

Earlier, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN that Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli.

In the following video, CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting from Egypt, talks about these allegations that Libya used aviation assets to attack protesters.

LIBYA, 5:21 p.m. ET, 12:21 a.m. local: Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN Monday.

The official could not be more specific about the "assets," but the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships have fired into crowds of protesters.

A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

LIBYA, 4:54 p.m. ET, 11:54 p.m. local: Video on YouTube shows what CNN is told are six badly burned bodies of Libyan soldiers in open body bags. Opposition sources in Libya say the bodies are of soldiers who refused to shoot at anti-government demonstrators. The video, taken on a cell phone, was posted on Monday; it is not known when it was taken.

Read this post for more information and to see the video.

LIBYA, 4:31 p.m. ET, 11:31 p.m. local: A woman in Tripoli, speaking on condition of anonymity, reports seeing people shooting - in an apparently random fashion - from cars. "I've seen myself red Hyundai cars with tinted windows that had armed people inside it shooting random people," she told CNN in a telephone interview. "Three victims have fallen in the street where I live."

CNN could not independently confirm this report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country. CNN has interviewed numerous witnesses by phone.

LIBYA, 4:25 p.m. ET, 11:25 p.m. local: A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya. Earlier, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 4:01 p.m. ET, 11:01 p.m. local: The Arab League will hold an urgent summit Tuesday to discuss the recent developments in Libya, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported Monday.

ZIMBABWE, 3:53 p.m. ET: Zimbabwe isn't part of either North Africa or the Middle East, but a recent development there has links to the North African/Middle Eastern unrest. Police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of political activists and trade union members on suspicion of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in the southern African country.

BAHRAIN, 3:43 p.m. ET, 11:43 p.m. local: Mass protests planned in Bahrain for Tuesday in support of calls for political reforms coincide with the planned return of Hassan Mushaimaa, who is the leader of Bahrain's largest opposition party, the Haq Movement.

Thousands more people moved into Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout on Monday ahead of Tuesday's planned mass demonstrations. Meanwhile, fallout from last week's violent protests continues. A 20-year-old protester in Bahrain, who was shot in the head on Friday, has died, hospital sources said Monday.

LIBYA, 3:41 p.m. ET, 10:41 p.m. local: CNN is checking reports that helicopters in Libya fired on protesters. The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, has said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 3:29 p.m. ET, 10:29 p.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi still is in Libya, a Libyan diplomatic source told CNN. The source also denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

Separately, a senior official in the Italian secret service also said that Gadhafi remains in Libya. Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

SUDAN, 3:24 p.m. ET, 11:24 p.m. local: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says he will not run for re-election four years from now, a senior member of the country's ruling National Congress Party announced Monday.

"He will also leave his post as chair of the NCP to allow for the transformation of power to a new generation," said Rabi Abd al-Ati. The senior NCP member rejected the notion that al-Bashir's decision was prompted by popular uprisings in the region, including neighboring Egypt.

LIBYA, 2:15 p.m. ET, 9:15 p.m. local: Two Libyan Air Force pilots defected to Malta on Monday after being asked to bomb Libyan citizens, a Maltese government source said. The pilots' fighter jets were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns, the source said. Malta is a short flight from Libya.

LIBYA, 2:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. local: Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi met in Tripoli with ambassadors of the European Union, blaming the unrest in the country on "terrorists and destructive plans" and stressing that Libya has the right to "take any measures" to protect its unity, stability, people and resources, Libyan state television reported.

LIBYA, 1:19 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local: Libyan helicopter gunships are firing into crowds of protesters, according to the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group. CNN was unable to confirm the report independently.

LIBYA, 12:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local: Oil company Total says it will evacuate most of its expatriate employees and their families from Libya. Shell said it has temporarily relocated the families of expatriate staff.

LIBYA, 12:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. local: The U.S. State Department has ordered family members of U.S. Embassy employees and non-emergency personnel to leave Libya.

LIBYA, 12:26 p.m. ET, 7:26 p.m. local: Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide. Who is Gadhafi?

YEMEN, 12:17 p.m. ET, 8:17 p.m. local: Two human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, are reporting that 12 people have died as a result of protests in Yemen.

LIBYA, 12:02 ET, 7:02 p.m. local: British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be on his way to Venezuela. CNN has not confirmed. Gadhafi has maintained power in the country for 42 years. The Libyan ambassador to the UK, Omar Jelban, is denying that Gadhafi is on his way to Venezuela.

LIBYA, noon ET, 7 p.m. local: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had talked with Gadhafi, saying he was deeply concern about the violence, and that it must stop. At least 233 people have been killed in the protests, according to Human Rights Watch. Its report cites information from hospital sources. CNN is not able to independently confirm the figure, as the network has not been granted access to report on the ground.

Google has designed this map of protests based on what it calls "reliable tweets." Personal up-to-the-minute audio reports have been uploaded on Google here. CNN has not yet vetted these reports.

LIBYA, 11:45 a.m. ET, 6:45 p.m. local The government is demanding that citizens cooperate with security forces, and warning "organized gangs," Libyan state television reported, as security forces conduct raids on what it called "nests of terror and sabotage." Libya's justice minister, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has resigned to protest the "bloody situation and use of excessive force" against protesters by security forces, a Libyan newspaper reported. Meanwhile, two Libyan fighter jets have landed in Malta, according to journalists at the airport.

YEMEN, 11 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. local: It is the 11th day of protests. More than 3,500 gathered in the capital Sanaa for a peaceful demonstration, but violence broke out in Aden as police fired on demonstrators. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports what the Yemeni government doesn't want anyone to see.

Journalists were not allowed entry into hospitals where wounded students were taken, and Jamjoom shows you how difficult it is for reporters to get the truth about what youths have been calling their movement. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to step down and compared anti-government protests in his country to the flu spreading through the region. "This is a virus and is not part of our heritage or the culture of the Yemeni people," he told reporters.

LIBYA, 11 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. local: As reports streamed of protesters setting fire to a government building in Libya's capital and ransacking state TV headquarters, questions swirled around Gadhafi and whether he could be the third Arab leader toppled by the wave of protests rippling through the region. His son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, is trying to defend the family dynasty, warning on state television of "a fierce civil war" if the demonstrations don't halt. Who is the Western educated son of Gadhafi? What could Libya's uprising mean in the long term, CNN commentator Kirk Vandewalle asks. He wrote "A History of Modern Libya."

Here's a Monday morning breifing on protests in some of the nations in the region:

IRAQ - Unlike other nations, protests here have not targeted the government. Demonstrators are enraged by corruption, the quality of basic services and high unemployment. Most recently, on Sunday, A 17-year-old boy died and 39 people were injured were injured as demonstrators battled Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, officials said. CNN's Reza Sayah reports from Islamabad, Pakistan, on the violence. Masked gunmen attacked and burned an independent television station in Iraq's Kurdistan region Sunday, wounding a guard, police officials and the broadcast company said.

ALGERIA - Protests began in January over escalating food prices, high rates of unemployment and housing issues, and iReporters were there. Rallies started in Algiers, but spread to other cities as more people joined. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would lift the state of emergency law in what analysts said was an attempt to head off a similar revolt.

DJIBOUTI - Protesters in Djibouti are angry about the economy. The country is home to Camp Lemonnier, the only U.S. military base on the African continent. Protesters have called for President Ismail Omar Guelleh - whose family has ruled the country since its independence from France in 1977 - to step down ahead of the elections scheduled in April.

JORDAN - Jordan's economy is struggling as commodity prices rise and youth unemployment is high, as it is in Egypt. Its king has called for swift reform.

KUWAIT - Protests are relatively new, beginning over the weekend. Demonstrators, who want greater rights for longtime residents who are not citizens, attacked security forces late last week.

SUDAN - Protesters are demanding an end to National Congress Party rule and government-imposed price increases. A "Day of Rage" was reportedly organized on Facebook against the government, but it failed to materialize. Human Rights Watch says authorities used "excessive force" during largely peaceful protests on January 30 and 31 in Khartoum and other northern cities. Witnesses said that several people were arrested, including 20 who remain missing.

TUNISIA - An uprising in Tunisia prompted autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to leave the country on January 14, after weeks of demonstrations. Those demonstrations sparked protests around North Africa and the Middle East.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - Hundreds of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah, calling on Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian political factions to heal their rifts amid arguments over elections scheduled for September in the Palestinian territories. "Division generates corruption," was one of several slogans written on banners held up by the demonstrators Thursday, who flooded the streets after calls went out on social networking sites, as well as schools and university campuses, for them to attend.

SYRIA - As protests heated up around the region, the Syrian government pulled back from a plan to withdraw some subsidies that keep the cost of living down in the country. President Bashar al-Assad also gave a rare interview to Western media, telling The Wall Street Journal last month that he planned reforms that would allow local elections and included a new media law and more power for private organizations.

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  1. bob

    reports say that 1million Egyptians are leaving Libya. Talk about outsourcing!

    February 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arlon

    Gadhafi will be making a televised address "soon".

    February 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MITSUKI Kako

    How can someone being educated in his country and governing it for 42 years, just decides to bombard and kill the people that nourrished him and his deep pockets?
    I think it is just pathetic what he is doing. you have already stolen enough. now just go and leave people in peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mohammad Abbasi

    I am ashamed to be American! The MAD MAN in Libya is killing his people using Air Force .. If these are not crimes against Humanity, What is ?

    February 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abd

      Invading two countries and killing millions of people.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peanut the Destroyer

    This is one time I will advocate the USA sending an ultimatum and butting in. This is a slaughter and will only become a bklood bath if this regime isnt brought down. If he wont go, a joint strike team works well too. Isnt THIS what the UN is SUPPOSED to be doing?? Disgusting animal and he should never be allowed back in the west again – shame on any country that permits him entry.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hugh Jarce

    The pilots were not "asked" to bomb civilians, they were ORDERED to bomb them. Things in the military rarely come across as polite requests.

    So what did we get? A nice pair of serviceable Mig 23/27s I'm hoping.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix05

      Used for scrap metal I hope. Nothing like having a second hand plane to drive around in.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • workingtaxpayer

      maybe return the bombs to (drop on) Gadhafi and his regime. That's a military special delivery his people would probably like best.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      Okay folks we hear you and support you! You may have more say in your lives, for example local elections.
      Almost anything short of my Alah blessed and appointed rulership.

      So do we have a deal!

      "Really" I won't come after you later!

      February 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Good for them! I'm surprised your liberal president hasn't done anything for these poor people. How sad.. All talk; No show!

      February 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      "We" didn't get anything – Malta did! Malta _is_ a sovereign nation you know 😉

      February 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnerth1

      Quaddafi is a first class b---d and I sincerely hope that he and his voluptuous blonde nurse and all the rest of their ilk are kicked out of the country and banished to the far ends of the earth with no resource. Or better yet made to stand trial for his many and varied crimes against his people.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      It's no wonder that the United Nations has been so soft on Colonel Gaddaffi's last two days of internal violence. Libya actually chaired a seat at the table on United Nations Human Rights. The United Nations is a sham in so many ways, and can only really wrap it's collective minds around one problem in the world – Israel. The rest of the world operates with impunity.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • clearvoice 1

      Of course! we condemn such governments and then we let ghadafi to come and set up a tent in the New York or Ahmadinezhad go on Larry King Live and make a monkey out of himself and say whatever he wants. What's the name of this type of foreign policy again?

      February 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • fineart

      Hugh, I heard that the fighter jets are French Mirage fighters. We have those in some of our units.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jarce

      Yes – it sounds like we got a nice pair of Mirage F1s, and by "we" I mean the civilized nations 😉

      February 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher J England

      They are actually French Dassault Mirage F1 variant fighters, not MiGs. By the way, just as a side note, Malta is a neutral country. I was there at the beginning of the month. Very friendly people.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralf the Dog

      With any luck they will be taken apart to see the current operating state of the Libyan Air Force. What is their maintenance like? What kind of modifications do they use on their electronics? What kind of encryption do they use in their communication gear?...

      February 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Gee, Daffy. It's duck season! Fire!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlinkerPPP

      Wasn't it the old SNL skit, about... "How do you spell Gadhafi ?"

      February 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bapers

      I was on special line phone with a friend in Tripoli. He confirmed air strikes over the city, killings and torturing of people, bodies on the streets every where...all the brutalities thats unimaginable.
      Then all of a sudden some one intercepted our telecon and threatened my friend, intemidated us and the line was cutoff!!!

      I am now very worried about him.

      It is very questionable why don't the US Adminestration say nothing strong about these massacres and brutality as we used to hear from them about other countries?! Your Idiot friend Gadhafi is not staying there for long...so watch out for your interests more carefully.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • marinut

      I was under the impression that they were French made Mirage fighters. You know, the French , who complain so loudly when the cameras lights go on, about the Americans selling advanced weapons to any one with the money! Like the English and Scots, who traded an airplane bombing terrorist for oil rights. We have such wonderful friends.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • EndrewS

      I'd drop those bombs on Gadafi's cave before I left the country.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fennelly

      It is refreshing to see a breath of possible democracy sweeping the Middle East. Hopefully it will not tip into an Islamic theocraitc state. Stay tuned !!

      February 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    All you complainers that do not like our government or our country can simply pack your bags and move to one you will like. I served in the military and I am proud of this country – no matter what shape we may be in. If I don't like something I try to change it. If it doesn't change then I go along with what everyone else in this country voted for. Stop your crying and either put up or shut up!

    February 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Is that how a democracy works in your world? LOL...no one cares if you served....like that is the one true test of whether or not you should be in this country.....

      February 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      And here i wonder how Hilter come to power.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thanks for your service. Personal Responsibility...lead by example.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Leading by example, something most of these people know nothing of. They rather complain on a forum than actually do something. People like Mike give nothing back to society except a headache.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      I love our country, too. We have problems of our own–welfare for the rich! Look at the union busting going on in Wis. Are we going to have to fight that battle again?

      February 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Herd Repubs and Dems in Wis. are negotiating! It kinda works here!. I love this land!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      So basically you're saying if slavery or Jim Crow were implemented again and you couldn't change it, you would just go along with it? Huh, interesting. I guess that's the military way of thinking to not think at all.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Mike, Slavery? Can't see it happen with an active Second Amendment!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rita

      "If it doesn't change then I go along with what everyone else in this country voted for". My goodness!! With friends like you we would have never had the elimination of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The majority is sometimes wrong, which is why our forefathers gave us a representative type of government. Knowing that the masses are uninformed on all topics and hold their religion close to their chest, the more educated representative can set aside the supernatural, the metaphysical, high emotions and apathy and vote what is right. Works sometimes unless the representative wants to be a career politician then you get people like Orin Hatch.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Democracy Lover

      That was a nice self serving post but you are wrong on just about everything that you wrote. So in other words. Women should be at home and not working, Black People should be Slaves. Women should not have the right to vote. Heck lets go back further, America should still be a British Colony. I could go on and on and on. Democracy means that change can and will come and it also means you have the right to question your government.

      Government should fear the people not the other way around

      February 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Tim the Pawn

      good dog.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      I like what you have to say......but, I think we are a British colony or at least the Britts own the Fed.?

      February 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JWH

    They prove the Bible everyday. Ishmael is so proud of them.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xugos

      Um, yeah, ok.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adam

    I am an American born and raised, but my father is from Libya. I am engaged to a Libyan woman who lives there now with her family. Her and my family all live in Libya. When i talked with her when the news said that only 24 had been killed she informed me that it was 100. When the news said in the 80s she said over 200. Ghadafi has threatend to cut off the electricty and water to Benghazi and has now cut off the internet, phone, and all sms messaging.
    When i was able to call her I could hear gunfire in the background. She says that his African mercenaries have been breaking into homes and killing families and stealing as much as they can. Recently Ghadafi had his mercenaries invade the banks and steal as much from them has possible. My uncles were there when they were trying to bury the bodies of the protestors from the day before and they were fired upon by Ghadafi's thugs.
    I am worried to death about her and my family in Libya. Believe nothing you hear from Ghadafi and his sons. They have killed hundreds for even saying that they want a new government. This man is a butcher and knows that no one will try to stop him so he will do as he pleases. If no one does anything then he will kill as many Libyans as he can and make their lives a living hell for ever speaking out against his regime. The Libyans do not have civil rights and many are arrested and murdered simply to put fear into the citizens.
    Please i beg the UN to put pressure more pressure on Ghadafi. The protests did not become violent until he started to kill them by the hundreds. These people need your help and I need it as well. I know this is selfish of me, but I can't lose her. Please help because I cannot get her out of the country and I cannot go into the country. Someone save her.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tct

      The UN has no influence on him and it would take at least a month to arrange a UN force. If the US were to intervene it would destroy all hope of 75,000,000 Iranians freeing themselves. The best bet is the Arab League and their emergency meeting tomorrow.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Fly to Tunisia and try to get her out! If you take action, then no matter what happens, you won't have any regrets. Go after Her!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      My heart goes out to you, but I fear it is going to get worse before it gets better. Until the military refuses to follow orders, people will continue to die. Gadhafi impresses me as someone who is not going to back down. If Gadhafi wins this battle, life will become more repressive as he will impose more control.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      UN is too busy condemning Israel.. don't wait for the cowards at UN to do anything useful for anyone.. I have a good friend in Haiti who told what the UN "peace keepers" do to the local women and some of the population.. you would think US could help, but at the moment our captain is an emperor with no clothes (thanks to the liberals who are all talk and no follow through).. so don't wait for anyone, only God can help the Libyan people now.. Good luck, and I hope all the suffering is not in vein...

      February 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      everyone who prays, pray for Adam and his fiance!!! and pray for the all the good people who are suffering right now.. if you figure out anyway people can help, just post it Adam

      February 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      btw, the Libyans who celebrate the lockerbie bomber as a hero, deserve nothing less than what they are getting right night and don't deserve to live free or oppressed

      February 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Dan, thanks for the sober reminder. Shame on those that supported that act. We are bigger than that.... I wish them safety too!

      February 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      story has it that the east side of the country is the safest and that Egypt has set up camps to help get their citizens out. If they need to run – they should go east towards Egypt. I have a Tunisian friend in Benghazi and we have not heard a word for several days. We are also worried sick.

      We should all pray for safety for these dear people.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      apparently you can get into Libya through egypt wtihout like paperwork or anything there's no formal work to go through

      February 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phoenix05

    Are you kidding me? The Libyan President wanted to bomb his own people?

    February 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Yes bombing your own people is such an endorsed leadership quality, he took the country by force and blood and now he is bleeding them upon his retirement... The people are standing up for themselves and I am so sorry to see so many INNOCENT people dying for the freedom they SHOULD HAVE ALREADY, stand down and let your people choose their leader... I can imagine god warming a seat in hell for you, you know this is wrong and so does the rest of the world

      February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arlon

    New reports:

    Turkish planes en-route to evacuate 25,000 Turkish citizens from Libya turned back due to no air traffic controllers.

    Libyan deputy foreign minister denies any massacres happening anywhere in the country, accuses media of "inciting strife".

    February 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thats nuts, Use 5 cruise ships. Any idea how many plains are needed. Libya is in a central location.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Luigi Marchettino

    The pilots should have taken out a lybian government building before defecting!

    February 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krozar

      They may need those services once Ghadafi is gone. Going around destroying infrastructure is not really smart.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ruth

    I hope the people get their democracy.

    The US needs to stay out of this. If we try to go into any of these countries we will only create a huge mess. This is their fight, I wish them well.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RandomUsr

    This is the message we must send to these countries –

    The UN must support the injured and dying throughout this process. We must also encourage France, Great Britain, and the US to assist in the revolutions where the goals are toppling violent Dictators. Though may it be said that we must have all available information going forward. Let outside influence Not dictate, but support the revolutionary protests. The rest of the world is supporting your efforts and we will help you.

    We can hear your voices and plan to help should you need it.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RandomUsr

      After viewing other posts and reactions to similar comments, I want to quickly clarify, We should provide a humanitarian role but not a Empire building or Military cous. Maybe better to send supplies and aid but not direct military presence.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Be careful, Russia, China and Canada may take offense.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RandomUsr

      Seriously right? Those countries are so concerned that all we want to do is nation Building, but yet they do nothing extraordinary in terms of Human Rights. Further they may accuse of us Nation Building when we want to help with legitimate humanitarian concerns. I suppose it might be because those countries aren't that much different in principal than those that now face Protests and the potential for civil war.

      Too bad they aren't so concerned about people as much as money and power. Then again, we have that issue here but it is seen in a different manner such that our civil liberties are slowly deteriorating due to power hungry Big Government.

      I've found that most folks in power have the same general theme, limit the peoples' power such that they have minimal say in actual government decisions but an illusional impact that lacks merit or value.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arlon

    Secretary of State Hilary Clinton condemns the Libyan massacres, stating that "Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed"

    February 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      oooohh.. I am sure Gadhafi is shaking in fear because of what Hilary said

      February 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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