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. Ex Post Facto

    With props to HiMom:

    Maybe Qaddafi would get more respect if he just quit wearing those sensational Halloween costumes all the time.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. beuter

    wot is barack hussein doing about this? he is the most useless president ever in dealing with international issues.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      If BHO is even TEMPTED to get off the sidelines on this – he should be immediately whisked away for a proper golf vacation on the Monterrey Peninsula. He should command his Secretary of State to stay on the sidelines as well. There is no good outcome in this if the US has any visible hand in the outcome. Same goes triple for Pakistan.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M....

      you sound like a kkk or something, then I can understand you insulting Obama, who is a hell alot better president than cheney/bush

      February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      Am SO not KKK. Am a God fearing, justice loving one of the democrat persuasion. But, BHO is doing crap job in general and a super crap job in the middle east and south asia. Matter of fact, throw in Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and Wisconsin for a perfect TRIFECTA +1 crap job.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rico

    Marco,
    we dont need to win the support of the people in the middle east. They need to win our support.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      Rico,

      Yep, Yep and Yep 🙂

      February 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bad

    Did anyone really think that Gaddaffy was not going to shoot back? He is convinced that the US is behind these uprising and he is determined to crush them at all costs. News organizations are not allowed in Libya for good reason: unlike in Tunis and Egypt, there will be a massive bloodbath and crackdown. This is not entirely about a people wanting to overthrow a tyrant: this is tribal warfare unfolding. What is telling is that Europe is very silent while all this is going on. Of course, Gaddaffy is their favourite dictator, thanks to all his petro resources. Italy's Berlusconi has said that Gaddaffy should not be disturbed in the midst of this uprising. This will end very badly for those who oppose Gaddaffy.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josephus

    Funny I didn't see any signs for the creation of a Palestinian state....I thought that was the main source of outrage in the middle east...at least that is what Obama seems to think.....

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marwan Areim

    Pride, Dignity, Wealth Moammar Ghadaffi stole all of it from the Libyans. Corruption, oppression, human suffering; This is what you've offered us. Now after 42 years of pure hell, it's time for us to bring you something we should have done from the start. JUSTICE, and that will come without a doubt. We have nothing to lose. Now we're coming after you. Better go grab your tent because you're going to travel real soon!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arlon

    According to another news source,

    Qatar's PM, and secretary-general of the Arab League, is calling for an emergency meeting of the Arab League, likely to take place within the next 12 hours.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Noninterventionist

    LIBERTY IS CONTAGIOUS. Ron Paul money bomb today! Tell Ronb Paul we 3want him to run for president in 2012! http://www.libertypac.com/

    February 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    God damn you U.S., there is complete and total slaughter occurring. Too busy protecting big oil to stand up for humanity? Current U.S. REGIME may not get re-elected? You're just as bad as Qaddafi himself for not standing up for those people. I hope Egypt steps in to help, and then they both work together to deny the U.S. all future trade and hospitality throughout North Africa, you chicken-$#*( tools.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlon

      What is the US supposed to do? We're already spread thin with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even if we were to mobilize right now, it would take 48 hours for us to have boots on the ground. America can't afford another war. If we weren't 14 trillion in debt and fighting two wars simultaneously, we would be able to do something. Also, the chance for collateral damage is WAY too high if we were to send US troops in to help out. In other words, there's nothing we can do except wait, just like we were forced to do with Egypt.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M....

      patience scott, no need to insult a decent president when you compare himn to cheney/bush, yes, I think a few tomahawk should be used on those Gaddafi's helicopers, if it is true what's coming out in the news, but don't jump into something like that till its comfirmed.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      As stated elsewhere on this thread, these Arab/Muslim folks need to work harder to win the hearts and minds of the west. Otherwise, they'll be left on their own as the rest of the world figues out more and better ways to bypass their Byzantine and middle-ages (also known as the DARK AGES) thinking. Ideas and freedom matter. If a certain pocket of nations insists on rejecting ideas and freedom, they do so at their own peril and isolation awaits them.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Arlon, like John M said... Take out those helicopters with a few tomahawks. No need to send ground troops in at all, let the Libyans handle that themselves. Once Qaddafi sees the U.S. support, he will relinquish power, and we'll be the good guys again. Maybe the rest of the world will stop hating us by then and show that we're trying to HELP out the innocent, rather than KILL them for our own agenda.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Faisal Alfayez

    Please, do something to Libyans because they are getting killed so bad. It's a Massacre.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Faisal, as an America there is nothing I would like more than to help out!!!!!! Too bad I am apparently one of the only few Americans that sympathize with the Libyans. Everyone else wants to sit on their thumbs watching the genocide because they're too scared about politics and oil prices. I say screw that, WE NEED TO HELP NOW!!! Poltics be damned, this is about human suffering and war atrocities.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tamars

    the tile of the article should read "cowards in helicopters fire on protesters". the us should NOT get involved. we can support from behind the scenes but we need to stop interfering in middle east wars. let them figure it out themselves. obama, congress and the oil companies should tell all of us not to use our cars one day a week – to use less gas and fight back the ridiculous oil price increase that the greedy oil companies claim they "need" to make. courage to do so anyone?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Obama = failure

    Ron Paul for president!

    February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M....

      you full of it, considering that it was Obama who had to clean up cheney/bush mess, Obama much better president to ron paul would ever be.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Actually, I agree with Ron Paul and support him. But, I have to admire Obama. I believe that he motivated the world to realize there worth. I have to give him some credit for the dignity others are experiencing. I would love to see Dr. Paul run the finances of the US under Obama!.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Arlon

    As of 9:24 pm Libyan time, 7 Libyan ambassadors have resigned.

    There are also reports of the streets being littered with bodies, and no one being allowed to retrieve them.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rico

    scott,
    everyones revolution is there own!! who steped in when america was having there revolution?. Oh and dont "dam god hes got nothing to do with the people of Libya selecting the wrong leader a long time ago.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      Rico:

      Umm, the Frnch basically gave us our freedom. Look it up –

      Still, for us to take upi the cause of Libyan's, we'd have to be convinced that our resources would have a postive impact. I'm not so sure that if the Obama administration were in charge of Libya tomorrow, that the people of Libya would recognize a government of tolerance, fairness, justice and freedom for all.

      At this point, the US calculus needs to be focused on making sure that whatever happens minimizes the harm to US interests.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The French were!! Useless as they were, at least their hearts were in the right place. Ours should be now!!!!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Acctually, without Frances Navy, thge outcome may have been different. We might be a commonwealth of England. Or are we???

      February 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tarek

      Horrible video from Libya – people are slaughtered – the world is still silenet
      Libyan soldiers refused to shoot civilian people. They were tied and burned to death by Gaddafi regime.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Exd532Ls4&w=640&h=360]
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxLLXkLgD2g&w=640&h=360]

      February 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tarek

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxLLXkLgD2g&w=640&h=360]

    February 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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