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. Big_D

    Holy Crap!!!! Gadhafi wants to bomb his own people into submission. He is a terrorist to his own people now.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    Arlon, thank you for the updates. Something CNN REALLY, REALLY sucks at.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlon

      You're welcome, I'll get more up as soon as I find it on my other online sources.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy-Texas

      I would like to say that CNN is the ONLY cable network that are giving us updates on
      what is going on in Libya and Egypt. Haven't YOU watched Anderson Cooper or Wolfe Blitzer?

      February 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lesa with an e

      I would rather wait for a legit update from CNN than listen to another story about Palin from Fox...ugh. they need to find a respectable, smart candidate soon or they will be SOL....wait...they already ARE!

      February 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NewsAnalyzer

    To my fellow Americans,

    01. You have seen the successful “Revolution 1.0” starring Tunisia (Ben Ali = Dictator = 23 years in brutal power = supported by the “WEST”)

    02. You have also seen the successful “Revolution 2.0” starring Egypt (Hosni Mubarak = Dictator = 30 years in brutal power = supported by the “WEST”)

    03. Now, you are seeing before your eyes two simultaneous revolutions in “progress” starring both Libya and Bahrain.

    04. We are patiently waiting for which of these two countries will win the “Prestigious Award of Revolution 3.0”.

    05. Since The Libyan Dictator “Gaddafi”, aka “The Mad Dog” (by USA ex-President Reagan), has decided to “survive by any means necessary”, including massacring between over 300 of his own people, let’s focus on this “Mad Dog” first.

    06. Mr. Dictator Gaddafi has been in brutal power for 42 years.

    07. So, to those living in the “WEST”, let’s do the “Arab Dictator” Math-101 quiz: 23 years (Tunisia), 30 years (Egypt), and 42 years (Libya). Do you notice a pattern?

    08. Mr. Dictator “Gaddafi” loves to travel to the “WEST” and take with him a “White Nomadic Tent” aka “The Gaddafi Tent” or “The Gaddafi Hotel”.

    09. When Mr. Dictator “Gaddafi” arrives to a “WESTERN” nation, he is greeted with the usual “RAP” presidential music aka:

    .....a. National Anthems, Honor Guard, etc...

    .....b. “OIL and GAS DANCE”

    .....c. “WESTERN INTERESTS POETRY”

    .....d. “BP, Shell, and Exxon” CHOIRE MUSIC

    .....e. etc...

    10. Libya is an “OPEC” member and produces about “1.6 million” Barrels of OIL per day.

    11. As of today, the “OIL” prices have jumped up by “4%”. One Barrel of OIL = $105.

    12. As of today, the number of “DEAD LIBYANS” = over 300 people.

    13. As of today, the “Libyan Dictator’s son” has said: The Libyan Regime will fight (i.e. massacre) the “Pro-Democracy” protesters to the “LAST MAN STANDING”.

    14. As of today, we are ALL waiting for the “WEST” to do a simple thing: “MAKE A REAL STAND AGAINST THE MASSACRES OF THE LIBYAN DICTATOR GADDAFI”.

    15. To President Obama: You know in your heart that it’s “THE END OF THE GADDAFI REGIME”, so save all of us those “USELESS WHITE HOUSE POLITICALLY CORRECT STATEMENTS” and come to the help of the ‘PEACEFUL LIBYAN PEOPLE’ for a change.

    16. President Obama (I am helping you here), just say it: “Orderly Transition” and start working the phones behind the scenes.

    17. President Barak “Hussein” Obama: If you fulfill ‘item-16’ above, you will save a lot of ‘Innocent Libyan Lives’ from a ‘sure death’ and you will “WIN THE HEARTS OF THE 300+ million ARAB PEOPLE”

    18. President Obama: Remember these words "YES WE CAN" and "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN"

    Peace, Love, and Freedom for ALL!

    (Facebook: "Daily NewsAnalyzer")

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Very well stated, and I wholeheartedly agree with you!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Libyans the world is with you during this tough time! Keep strong!!!! Have your military arrest the government officials. Your military needs to turn on its Leaders as the people already have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not a police force

      I think America has said enough. In the arab world, we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. These nations all hate the U.S. because we either supported or put up with these dictators for so long. We do not need to get involved in other peoples revolutions. That said. I am glad those two pilots had the balls to disobey an order and save the lives of MANY Libyans today. And America... get ready for Oil Embargo 2.0

      February 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soporifix

      I definitely think the best thing is for the US to go through the Middle East starting endless wars in every country with a government we don't like. That's bound to help matters.

      You just know that the same people posting here about how shameful it is that we aren't "doing something" will next week be posting about how shameful it is that we're still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      "President Barak “Hussein” Obama: If you fulfill ‘item-16’ above, you will save a lot of ‘Innocent Libyan Lives’ from a ‘sure death’ and you will “WIN THE HEARTS OF THE 300+ million ARAB PEOPLE”

      First of all...the president is doing the right thing by calling for non-violence from those dictators that are still in power. Interfering directly is not the best policy.

      Since you like lists, here is what our interference has gotten us before.

      1. Shah of Iran.... result = Iranian Revolution
      2. Saddam Hussein (we supported him during his war against Iran all through the 80's). Iraq War 1 & 2 = result.
      3. Hosni Mubarak ... result = Revolution

      No pattern beginning to form in your mind yet....

      February 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      The one huge problem here is, the US foreign policy right now is non existent, and that is not going to help matters any. Just wait till this movement grows stronger in Kuwait and then to Saudi Arabia. When oil prices go up so does food prices equals disaster world wide.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    For all the BS that America preaches about protecting the weak and fighting for justice, where are they to protect the god given rights of the libyan protestors? Their govt is killing their own people, committing genocide and the U.S is doing nothing, but they will be quick to take a war to a bunch of innocent civilians living in small camps and caves.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      You forgot your /sarcasm tag.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • more tea vicar

      The USA are only interested in making a profit.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SconnieGuz

      For all you crying about why the US isn't doing anything...just what exactly are we supposed to do?? We need to let these countries determine their own future WITHOUT us being involved at all. These countries all hate us because "we're the big bad American empire." I say fine, let the middle east revolution pass and let them democratically vote in their new leaders. Then they can make it impossible for the US to do business in those countries. These international corporations need to be put at bay somehow since our POS politicians are only looking to line their own pockets. We'll see how soon they come crying back when the US money supply isn't there anymore. I want nothing to do with the middle east or africa. NO money, no aid, no military support and absolutely no lost American lives. Let them live how they want and stay the he!l out of their business. We need to be as low key as possible around the world until we get our own sh!t together.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • glambert

      what do you suggest we do,we're broke

      February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      Its simple because diplomatically we can not do a thing with out the permission of the UN.And by that time it will be to late.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Sharif Don't Like It!

    February 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brown

    Once again, the beacon of hope – the U.S.A – sits on the sidelines while those who seek freedom go it alone. Shameful!

    February 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      The US needs to keep its own nose out of Libya's business. Let the UN handle this matter.

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

      Dear Brown,

      "Once again, the beacon of hope – the U.S.A – sits on the sidelines while those who seek freedom go it alone. Shameful!"

      No its not... arabs don't like our interference in their affairs. If you want freedom grow a pair and take it! While we had the help of France during our revolution all you may have in Libya is your own people... so go for it.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just Say No to WASPs

    Bomb your own people? Yeah that's a sure fire way to stay in power. Your done with Omar, accept it and gtfo.

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

    More reports coming in...

    Libyan protestors have scaled the embassy in London and replaced the Libyan flag with that of the protestors

    All Egyptians are being evacuated from Libya. Over 100 buses total.

    Italy will launch a 'repatriation plan' tomorrow. It is unclear exactly what this entails, or whether it will result in more protestor deaths or if it will aide in bringing down the regime.

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

      the 'repatriation plan' involves evacuation of civilians.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. more tea vicar

    Interesting what's happening in the world today. People seem fed up with dictatorships, and now with the internet, they can get together and do something about it.

    So why in America are the republicans becoming more and more extremist? If they get their way they will form a dictatorship, going the opposite of everyone else.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy La chance

      Aren't we already a dictatorship controlled by Wall Street thugs? They own the SEC, the FED, even the Obama Administration. Look at the names of people "serving" in the White House and in congress AND how long they've been there as "legislators," doing the people's business.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    I am ashamed of my U.S. Government. Come on OBAMA, send a statement!!!! Support the innocent lives around the world, politics be damned – this is about human life and war atrocities. Authorize some tomahawk strikes against those helicopters and show the world that we do care. Get us out of the black hole of hatred that everyone harbors for us. This will be eye-opening for the Muslims AND our own people. None of us have faith anymore, or are losing it. Everyone who does has a separate agenda... Please do the right thing here, this is absurd. You spend trillions of dollars rooting out slime in unknown caves, but won't save thousands of human lives. Pathetic. I am ashamed of my government, and hang my head low this day.

    To the people of all foreign nations, particularly Egypt and Libya, I am sorry... PLEASE don't judge us by our governments decisions, I would love nothing more than to fight for you.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ravenlynne

      Please don't try to apologize for all of us. NOt all of us agree with you.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      "Authorize some tomahawk strikes against those helicopters and show the world that we do care. Get us out of the black hole of hatred that everyone harbors for "

      Ummm the Tomahawk is a missile designed for strikes against ground targets not helicopters in the air. It can be equipped with conventional or nuclear warheads. Most likely civilian casualties will result from any launch and we are not at war with Libya.

      The world is changing... and the best action in this case is urging non-violence and/or reforms on the part of the dictator.
      Military intervention will not help the situation.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • To Scott

      Scott, I do not understand why are you so ashamed of your current government that attempts to correct all the atrocities made by GWB. It is easy for republicans to criticize the POTUS saying he SHOULD OR MUST do something abroad.... when he doesn't (this is a foreign affair and the USA has no business). Are you aware that we have a BIG problem in Wisconsin and the repubs are telling Obama to stay AWAY because "this is a state's problem and the White House has no business there?. So repubs want te POTUS to get his nose in another country's but not within the USA because it is something they do not like? Stop blaming our president and stop the double discourse and hypocrisy and if you really want to stop war crimes and fight for the people's rights, you should stop barking the wrong tree

      February 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MN Tom

      Need to take care of our SOUTHERN border 1st and start the deportation process. Do not let the illegal aliens have any health care food stamps jobs or anything else and they will self deport. Seal the SOUTHERN BORDER>

      February 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      Our government is ran by the lobbyist and until the American people put a stop to that it will only get worse.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rico

    To those that keep suggesting that the US get involved. We do not have the forces to be involved in a 3rd war. Where do you suggest we pull troops and resources from to get involved? And why does it always have to be the US that has to get involved? I don't see England, or Germany or any other EU nation coming in to assist either. If the US goes in, the Islamist extremest will cry out that the US is trying to occupy another Muslim nation.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Tomahawk missile strike, no ground troops involved at all. Send this statement around the world. They will love you for it, and the European nations and rest of the Arab world will back you too. This is about WAR ATROCITIES. America has put itself into the position of being a watch dog, that's why no one else is doing anything, we positioned ourself in this way, so we might as well live up to it or we are nothing but hypocrites. Europe looks to us because we talked the talk, now we have to live up to it. Just because we supported this dictatorship for 40 years doesn't mean we can't rectify the situation and do the right thing now. The world will respect us for that. I have lost all faith in the U.S. Government.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rico

      @Scott, you do realize that Tomahawk missles are used to strike ground targets such as buildings right. Were do you exactly suggest we launch aTomahawk missle too? The US will do more good by supporting the protesters but not getting involved in any kind of way.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arlon

    New report from Tripoli

    the Libyan military is now utilizing fighter planes to bomb the protestors.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Calif

    The U.S. should stay the heck out of it.

    It's none of our business.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      I would say that the US should stay out, unless the UN sees a need to intervene. Then the US can take part. The reality is we already have a ton of nonsense to deal with (and remove ourselves from) to go to Libya as well.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Yeah seriously. Do we really want to be in another war? People have already lost interest in the war in Afghanistan, which was a result of a direct attack on us. If we attack the Libyan army, we won't be able to resist putting one of our own in power.

      That said, I am always on the side of the people regardless of what it means for US interests.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      one day you and your country will cry and beg for help! and trust me no one is gnna hear ur cries!! u ve proven that ur completely foolish for what u have said.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Inane Commenter

    KHAAAAN stapler

    February 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    I need to go blow off some steam, I am so aggrivated over this. The U.S. Government is nothing but hypocrites, only doing things for their own agenda. Too scared for the cost of oil to rise further to do what is right for humankind. I am sick to my stomach this day.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      We have a surplus of gasoline now. The oil companies are taking advantage of you since the House is in GOP control and will not investigate. But don't let the facts get in the way of your rhetoric.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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