Robertson: Gadhafi thugs grabbed me and my crew
CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson has been covering the situation in Libya.
March 11th, 2011
08:44 PM ET

Robertson: Gadhafi thugs grabbed me and my crew

CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson and his crew were detained Friday in Tajura, Libya, east of Tripoli by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. This is his account.

For a few moments today, for us personally, Libya’s lies and deceit were swept aside and the real deal was brutally exposed.

“Itla, itla” - "Get in the car, get in the car!" - he was screaming. My cameraman, Khalil Abdallah, and I hesitated for a split-second. But that's all it was.

We were staring down the barrel of an AK-47, the weapon was jumping in his hands. He was cocking it, wrenching the handle back, a bullet being slammed into the firing chamber.

It was only a split-second.

We are free to go anywhere, any time, talk to who we want, when we want. That's what Moammar Gadhafi’s son told me, that's what Libya told the U.N. We already knew it was all lies - look at any number of our colleagues, arrested, detained, in some cases, beaten - but today it came home to us personally.

The hyper-aggressive jerk with the gun had just hit the jackpot.

There was him and three others. They were grabbing us, bundling us towards their pickup truck. He had a pistol in his belt, one of the others kept his AK trained on us too, and an older guy with the grey beard was speed-dialing his phone.

These are Gadhafi’s enforcers. They were looking for us.`

As Khalil and I were pushed through the car doors, clambering over the body armor these thugs had strewn over the seats, I could see the rest of our team try to drive away.

We got to Tajura in a random taxi that had picked us up as we walked down a street. Now it was the best hope producer Tommy Evans had to get away and report our detention.

But it was too late. They'd been spotted, blocked, and stopped, and as I watched, Tommy was forced out of the car, kicked by another thug who already had his AK pointed at Tommy’s face.

Another member of this plainclothes security force pulled open our car door, started rifling through my pockets. Patting me down about as aggressively as he could. There was nothing we could do.

They were demanding our phones, asking where was our camera.

They'd only just got hold of us. This was no accidental arrest, no fortunate stumbling across a news team. They had planned this all along.

We were trying to cover Friday prayers on the same streets where last week police attacked protesters firing tear gas and live rounds. Now it was clear they were out in force.

The questions began. "Where are you from? Where are you from?" It seemed they didn’t quite know what to do with us.

"We are going to cuff you and we are going to throw you out of the country," the angry thug with the AK and pistol was shouting at us. Then the guy on the phone got orders. The press office would pick us up.

They'd known all along who to call - the government officials who'd invited us to the country. We parked by the roadside. No chance to call CNN head office; they had our phones now.

But much worse, they were bringing the innocent taxi driver with us. He'd done nothing more than give us a ride. He had no idea he might get in to trouble. The poor fellow looked increasingly nervous.

Not much younger than me, he probably has a family waiting for him. We felt terrible for him. But there was nothing we could do to protect him. Our camera was on the floor of his car, our kit in his trunk.

In the eyes of these government heavies, our taxi driver was guilty by association. But guilty of what, what had we done? Nothing - we'd not even shot a single picture. No interviews, nothing, just driven in to a neighborhood with an anti-government reputation.

The gunmen were smoking, bored now that the thrill of the chase was over. They called again: "Where was the ride to take us back to the hotel?" The answer: "We're busy, bring them in yourself."

Amid screeching tires and the stench of burning rubber needlessly ground into the tarmac, we took off. A final indignity for these hard men, they'd got the mundane job of delivering us back to government officials.

The violent invective started again. "You should go to Palestine and film what the Israelis are doing. You should leave Libya, go to Afghanistan, report what’s happening there," "Libya mia mia," repeating a chant we’ve heard many times, meaning Libya 100%.

We were screaming down the highway close to 100 mph, the radio blasting out a Gadhafi anthem, the driver pumping out the beat with his fist in the air. One-handed driving at its most worrying.

At the hotel gates, the realization we weren't alone, the realization of why the Libyan government press office had no spare vehicles to pick us up.

Dozens of other journalists like us were being brought in under armed guard, signed over to our minders. One was OK about our detention, claiming, "You know if you are there they will protest; if you don't go nothing will happen."

Of course, the protests began long before the government allowed in reporters, but that kind of logic carries no weight here.

Another official waiting for us, one I'd not seen before, was more aggressive, telling cameraman Khalil: "If you’ve shot anything, I'm going to take you to the airport and deport you."

It took a long time to convince him Khalil hadn't shot any footage. Some journalists we talked to were inside the mosque when they were arrested. How they got out of that threat, I don’t know.

But right now we had only one concern: our taxi driver. We pleaded for his release –by now he could barely speak - but we were ignored.

He was stuttering and trembling as they stuffed him in his car and drove him away.

I still don’t know what’s happened to him. Our ordeal is over, but I fear his may only just be beginning.

That’s the reality of life here under Gadhafi’s rule.

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  1. libyan rat

    I am a teacher in one of the Libyan universities, but some people call me a rat, and sometimes drug users, and finally calling me a terrorist and I belong to al Qaeda, perhaps after one or two days I will be Osama bin Laden. Do you know why? Because I don `t like Gaddafi.
    I am 33 years old all my life under the Qaddafi regime. Can one of you to describe me freedom? Does the taste of freedom? What is the feeling of any free man?

    March 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. acutemind

    Hey SW you said that your neighbor is Libyan and told you that Ghadaffi is killing thousands. Are you and your neighbor living in Libya and First hand reporting? Because if he's living here in the U.S. and telling you what is occurring thousands of miles away then guess what?

    I also have a LIbyan neighbor that says you and your neighbor are LYING!

    March 12, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • sweden

      People i libya doesnt dare to say the truth
      some countrys have paid killers and they stop
      people from talking
      would you tell the truth if you and your family would be killed rapidly...?

      March 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • the rebel alliance

      FREE LIBYA!

      REMEMBER LOCKERBIE !

      GAZZAFI OUT NOW

      March 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orlly

      Oh yeah!? Well my libyan neighbor can bench press more than your libyan neighbor! I can prove it because I used caps when I said you are LYING!

      March 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      @rebel alliance. Sorry I don't remember Lockerbie. Never been there.

      March 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    One more day, Kaddafi and sons enterprises are still in business.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adolf

      Just wondering how CN reporter got into the Libya and if he got a work permit.

      March 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      It's terrible to see this happen but generally speaking news people sometimes report crap untrue and put peoples lives in danger. I know that reporting to the public is important but creating news is not the same as reporting it.

      March 12, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      First question: Is this news? No!! What were you doing there? We don't have reporters from Libya here in the states. Did you have a work permit and the right to travel in the area in which you were questioned? Did these people have GADHAFI THUG I.D. Cards? or did you learn this term during your time as a student. The real question is why are we still doing business with countries like Libya?? Answer: Because some of my fellow Americans love oil more then our country and must drive cars and trucks with worst MPG rating in the world. Thats the real problem.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. StretchArmstrong

    @Brandon: Correct. Our government would rather do business with brutal tyrants like in China, Iran and Libya, instead of being inconvenienced at the Gas pump or checkout aisle. I pray some of our leaders will get the judgment they deserve one day.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • effelbee

      I hope you don't mean the "GOP leaders" who have yet to get that old "laser-focus" on jobs thing going. Our long-term security lies in energy independence, but forget about long-range infrastructure planning by people like Christie, Walker, Scott, or the GOP members of Congress...

      March 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray Peace

      Obama said it himself in his speech ' As long as the gas prices are good, America slips back into their trance '. I wonder if anyone paid attention to that.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • styymy

      Your points are moot, most everything in your house in non-U.S. made. It would take a mythical renaissance to go back to making everything in the U.S. This is the free market capitalistic, global economy that is so highly and biblicaly touted.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rc

      So true, we TALK democracy real good. but when it come down to makeing a choice between freedom for the masses in the midle east and stabilaty ( status qwoe), we always choose to side with the KINGS , DICTATOR, TYRANTS , THUGS, AND KILLERS. We are going to now start to pay for our PACT WITH THE DEVELS, in high gas prices and more wars.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      The Republicans are not all of Our Government!!! Just because the Republicans and the Tea Party are corrupted doesn't mean the who Government is... All you have to do is see who is working against the People of the Country and You should be able to figure the answer to that question!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      I wouldn't hold My breath waiting for the Republicans to get You a job if You need one!!! They are working hard to make more People unemployed...

      March 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. drivers

    I hope the cab driver was released without harm. I also have questions about the article. If the loyalist really wanted them dead they would have killed them so why did they not do so? How did they locate them so fast? Could not have been anywhere there was strong opposition...too dangerous for both sides. All I'm saying is there was whole lot of drama but the real story I lies with all of the unanswered questions.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      CNN isn't like Fox that lies about everything They right!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sweden

    Khadaffi is a serial killer and he does what saddam hussein did now whith the people that live i libya
    We must stop him and put him on trial for this and all things he have done!

    March 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • norcalmojo

      Don't worry, people. Sweden's going to handle this one.

      Good luck Sweden! It's harder than it looks.

      March 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP!

      Gaddhafi is HITLER of the east. We sat by and watched Hitler and Saddam for quiet some time before getting involved. Guess we have not learned from history that men like this ARE NOT LEADERS. They are insane murderous psychopaths, except not in your local city but on a grander scale.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Another ignoramus like sweden posting here. It never ends!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socalmojo

      Norcalmojo: SWEDEN is going to handle this??? Sweden couldn't beat Vanderbit, for crying out loud. What we need in there to clean Libya's clock is an aggressive country. Like Finland.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      The german chancellor ANGELA MERKEL noted during the recent EU meeting that " there was no legal basis for intervention in Libya"
      I guess this explains why they did not stop Hitler before he killed millions " there was no legal basis to intervene". One would think of all the EU countries Germany will be more sensitive but it seems that some things never change.

      March 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrystalAng3121

      I think that's the only resolution there is. Let the international courts deal with him. So how is he supposed to be removed from power?

      March 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdfasdf

      trial yea right just kill the a hole.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red

      Poland Strong! Poland help kill Gadaffi!

      March 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      He will be dead before that happens!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny

    Coward Obama does nothing. Just dragging his feet. Shows you what a weak and worthless leader he is. Ghadafi killed Americans and they do nothing. This is the perfect time to organize the world against him but when you have a spineless wimp running things, that won't happen.

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

      Obama can't win on this one. The battle was lost before he was elected.

      After the treatment we received over Iraq, Americans aren't going to support another venture. If we stay out, the world will continue hate Gadhafi. If we step in the world will turn that hate on us.

      "They were better off under "

      March 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyberpueblo

      Haeh¡ Oh boy! Iraq went so very well, Afganistan, Vietnam, Korea! We were sooo very thanked for our work there. Meanwhile at home few can go to college because you can't even get a loan, let alone a grant. I feel for the people of Libya but is NOT the business of the United States to intervene everywhere. Muslims are being killed in Libya, Muslim countries should be helping instead of sitting on their hands waiting for the United States.

      March 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patti

      Since you feel that Our President is spineless what do you think of all the others in NATO? I think Our president is correct in not entering the Country on our own. We have enough with the two wars we are already fighting alone and I think the rest of the world should pull together to stop the killing in Lybia. Certainly the NATO counties had the opportunity to Help the Rebels and did nothing. Now they are going to wait until Tuesday to meet again and that maybe just too late. I pray it isn't and that they will all act for humanity.

      March 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Yeah, that cowboy diplomacy worked so well in the last administration, didn't it? Let me guess: you were all for going into Afghanistan when Bush was in office, but now you think Obama is a war monger for the fact that we're there, right?

      March 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP!

      Obama, whom I used to admire, is doing a soft shoe in this situation. He does not want to play God...what he does not understand is, the world is watching us and is with us to DO SOMETHING already. If it were Hitler's day, he would not have intervened, simply used flowery rhetoric.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP!

      Most unfortunately, sad but true.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fionnd

      He is not a coward he is a brave and couageous leader man who stands up for what he believes in. He does not believe in senseless wars sending Americans to die for a cause we do not understand. They will not thank us for it more likely to turn the guns we give them on us. Enough of the war talk let the Arabs sort it out they understand each other. I voted for him because he was against wars. I wont vote for him again if he goes into Libya but I would support a Nato descision to help Libya but not America we have enough problems of our own getting worse by the minute at the gas pumps over more instability in the middle east. He needs to focus on jobs and alternative energy thats why I voted for him. Go Obama stay out of the Middle East its gone very bad for us in the past and the brave men and women of America who died for this senseless cause should be top of mind before we send more of them to their deaths.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socalmojo

      You folks knocking Obama over this one have lost your minds. And I am a card-carrying Republican.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Gaddafi is probably thinking with ememies like Obama who needs friends. Obama has done nothing so far with thousands killed and wounded. He can stop the killing of innocent civilians without risking american lives thanks to the US weapons but choses to do nothing. He is supposed to be the caring president. Think about that when you vote next year.

      March 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • rc

      Its not Americas job to police the world. let the Arab oil rich goverments pay for that war! Why can't Sadi Arabia pay to protect the poeple of Lybia .....OH THATS RIGHT , THATS THE NEXT DICTATOR SHIP TO FALL , THEY DON'T WANT CHANGE EITHER..........NEVER MIND.lol

      March 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a Minute

      Johnny, you're forgetting that the head of the Foreign Relations Committee, the longest-serving *republican* in Congress, is against an act of war without a declaration from Congress. And he doesn't feel going after Gadhafi is in the national interest. And the Secretary of Defense, another republican, is also against it. Throw in a poll showing only 22% of people back us getting involved and you actually have a president who's following the will of the people. Contrast that against Bush, who acted in spite of the people's will, and Cheney, who had his own intel group (outside the official agencies) coming up with stuff to justify an invasion. We're fortunate that the White House doesn't have an itchy trigger finger anymore.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a Minute

      @Al – Obama could deal with this w/o losing any American lives??? A no-fly zone means US planes go it to take out Libyan planes. If you think there's no chance of a shoulder-fired missile taking out a US plane, you're fooling yourself. Wars aren't so easy for the US that we can just lob some weapons in and keep our hands clean! Especially if it comes back to bite us. And since the Libyan artillery and tanks are doing a pretty good at beating back the rebels, the US could either need to get in deeper to oust Gadhafi, or get blamed for not doing more to protect the rebels from big losses. Either way, it's not a cheap or blood-free proposition for us.

      On top of that, there's a LOT of other conflicts going on that are just as "necessary" for us to protect innocent people from bloodshed from brutal dictators! How do you pick which ones are not, uh, bloody enough (?) or unconscionably cruel enough for us to intervene?? Remember, I didn't say not bloody or not cruel, but not bloody or cruel ENOUGH for us. We can't be everywhere and fix everything.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric West

      In fact, George Bush did something about Libya that Obama wouldnt: an execute order pardoning Libya for their terrorist attacks in the past. What a guy. Look it up Executive Order 13477. Or just google Bush, Libya and Executive Order.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      When He doesn't anything it is wrong!!! When He does nothing it is wrong... You right Wing Racist don't like it what ever He does because He is a African American!!! If He was a White Catholic You be saying How great He was like You did with Bush Jr and Reagan!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      CyberPuebio: You have the Republicans for making things the way They are now!!! By the time They are through... This Country should be Bankrupted!!! All They care about is making sure Obama is a one time President and doesn't care about the Country...

      March 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Fionnd - you do realize that the US is in NATO right? In fact, the US commands and provides the vast majority of equipment, funding and troops to any and all NATO ops. So to say you would support a NATO intervention but not US is a little naive. Granted NATO would give the op a bit of international legitimacy; but make no mistake, it would be US run with a little bit of help.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Kegel – first off, you are not in the Army, I can tell by the way you talk and the way you wrote it. If you really served you would at least know how to write it. So take that down and stop dishonoring the ones who do serve. Second, I am not a "right-winger" by any stretch, but I am so tired of people like you calling anyone who doesn't agree with Obama a racist. That argument is so played out and tiresome. Have you nothing better. If fact of all the comments on here, yours seem the most racist of all. So do you really think that people can't disagree with the "man's" policies vice the "black man's" policies? I would also remind you that since you seem so preoccupied by race, he is also half "white." So maybe we disagree with his white half?

      March 13, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. El-Rebel_al

    FREE LIBYA!

    VIVA REVOLUTION!

    REMEMBER LOCKERBIE

    REMEMBER YVONNE FLETCHER

    GAZZAFI OUT NOW

    March 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP!

      Here's an idea, let's take the UN and NATO members, let's take the Arab League members, and place these fat complacent snails in Tripoli and then ask them...SHOULD WE DO SOMETHING?

      March 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Who's Gazzafi?

      March 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Right Bush gave Them a Dictator that would teal Them blind!!! All the mess we Have in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran are because of a Republican President!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Of Course Bush would do something!!! Every war We fight He and Cheney make more money!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ras19

    Another two-bit reporter trying to be a hero. You are in a war zone, for crying out loud. What did you expect them to do – hand you flowers?

    And all you crying for "no fly zone" and even invasion, where were you only two years ago when Israel was carpet-bombing Lebanon and all the West could call for was "restraint". It is this double standard that enrages young people around the world. Lastly, in supporting the so-called "rebels", the US should remember the Mujahadeen of Afghanistan, whom it supported for no reason other than the fact that they claimed to hate America's enemy then, the USSR.

    The result was people like Osama, who benefitted from assistance to the Mujahadeed.

    Now, the west is supporting another group of "rebels" for no reason other than the fact that they share a common hatred for someone. Do you all learn from your mistakes?

    March 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sceptic

      Ras I have to agree with you. For years CNN and all US media have, most unprofessionally, ridiculed, derided, and outright lied about Kadaffi. They have magnified his crimes (not that they needed amplification) and ignored his sucesses. Like him or not, he has without the help of the West, turned Libya into the most prosperous and successful country in Africa.( If you do not believe me, go read the statistics at the UNHR or the US State Dept. )

      Now CNN want some exclusive footage so they can again enrich themselves at Kadaffi's expense and they are outraged as the reporters come sniveling home that they got roughed up a little. What did you expect from a country you have tried to sink for years? They acted with more restraint than CNN has shown in their coverage toward him.

      What ever happened to unbiased, factual, accurate media coverage minus an agenda that overpowers the most obvious of facts? If CNN had acted with unbiased professionalism all along, perhaps the bruised reporters would have been greeted with a smile.

      Sorry guys, there is an actual war going on in Libya ... not a paintball game.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • WAKE UP!

      I hear you on Lebanon...sat by and watched our own Arab Americans get whipped over two missing Israelis...there is this misleading notion that if we sit and watch and do nothing, these countries like Libya will sort it out on their own. The only thing they will really be sorting out is body parts.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthnow2011

      Ras I could't agree with you more, well said!

      March 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      I rather read stuff from CNN than read anything from Fox!!! At least You know it is the truth...

      March 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the rebel alliance

    FREE LIBYA!

    VIVA REVOLUTION!

    REMEMBER LOCKERBIE

    REMEMBER YVONNE FLETCHER

    GAZZAFI OUT N

    March 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Who's this Gazzafi that you're trying to "out"?

      March 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cyberpueblo

    And if we were to intervene you would be the first to say we meddled. Please ask the Arabs to help you.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Salama

    Glad to see U out Nick, I bet that was an experience. But I know that was one of those days only. CNN ur doing a good job, in all thank U

    March 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    Reading these comments reminds me to never over estimate the stupidity of many people. There are International journalists covering the situation. If such events happened anywhere in the world, including the US, all intelligent people should want journalists to be there. I suspect most of these comments come from people that are watching the large assortment of reality shows such as the Kardashians, Kendra, Millionaire Matchmaker, not watching CNN, reading newspapers, magazines, and a large book is out of the question.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    They are going to push his hairline back six inches because of this ordeal. You will never see him again...

    March 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 7o3y

    I voted for Obama and it sickens me to see this people being slaughtered like cows every day without the slightest perception of intervention from USA...Bush made us look ignorant and less powerful but now that Obama has been in office we have digressed even more...not only do other countries think we are full of it but they also see that they can say/do what they want and get away with it...come next year im voting for anyone BUT obama.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indybek

      Would you vote for Palin?

      March 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Would that be before or after you and all of your friends and relatives volunteer for military service...?

      March 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      I agree – he insist on world harmonic decisions – never happen – USA must lead if morally right – if someone is getting slaughtered we have that obligation regardless of what UN or NATO says.

      March 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a Minute

      I say it over and over... people who get so upset over this event as an example of the US failing to live up to its role in the world, there are dozens of conflicts that are just as deserving of our physical involvement to stop. There are plenty that are even worse! But not all get the US media spotlight. I expect that many of the upset readers are not clamoring for us to "fix" all those conflicts too! They're willing to ignore the suffering because it's not thrust into their face each day. I also wonder if they realize that if we kick Gadhafi out of office, the people and "loyalists" and security forces won't just start behaving decently. They'll act as they were trained to act for the next guy – who could be as bad or worse than Gadhafi! Another reason that the concept of a quick, easy and US casualty-free involvement is so naive! Even without Gadhafi, this conflict could go on for the next decade!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a Minute

      @ 7o3y – Other countries would only think we're full of it if they weren't doing the same thing. Really, all countries are full of it and anyone who's been in politics for a while knows that. If the US was at the back of the pack for involvement here, you might have a point, but everyone is concerned over the muslim blowback from getting into Libya's business.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      Except you're not seeing people being slaughtered like cows everyday. You're being fed that narrative. There's a difference.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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