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

Libya live blog: Coalition confirms strike on Gadhafi compound

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

soundoff (685 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Any one who thinks this is going to go on for a month have no idea of the might of the forces against Libya. Iraq is a whole lot larger, with a real army and many, many more anti-aircraft weapons. The actual war lasted two weeks. The actual fighting will be over before it starts. He has to hire contractors to support his small army. This will happen very quickly. It will then be up to the people of Libya to take Gadhafi out. Once he has no army, he has no power.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby Judas

    Bravo! Brilliant! Let's free the Libyans from Ghaddafi by killing the Libyans. we did such a great job in Iraq after all.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      Thanks Bobby, for pointing out there are great jobs in Iraq. It has been rumored that defence contractor mercinaries make enough to support a family and pay for health care.
      I mean really. Who needs collective bargaining when you can get a great job in Iraq.
      Jeeze, even a millionaire knows how easy it is to live on ten bucks an hour.

      March 20, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arne

    Russia and China interestingly both fear and endorse this precedent. They fear it because they have subjugated large areas within their own countries, Russia especially. Russia has armed revolts throughout the Caucus while China is worried about Muslim areas and has used extreme measures in Tibet. They endorse it (by abstaining) because I think neither country wanted to be on record as supporting this kind of brutal dictatorship; but more importantly they can now use this against the West by harping on the hypocrisy of our continued support for countries using extreme violence against peaceful demonstrators, specifically our Middle Eastern Allies: Bahrain and Yemen. What is Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. It's great that the UN Resolution authorizes everything up to, but excluding, foreign occupation (including peace keepers – which may have to be revisited if the civil war drags on for months more) but that means China and Russia can push for lesser measures against Bahrain and Yemen while taking the moral high ground. Tactically and Strategically, and even Morally, we can never abandon countries facing off against Al Qaeda like Yemen. Both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia fear their Shia communities and their control by Iran – which would love to see them fail so it can establish complete control over the Persian Gulf – and they are very likely going to continue to use very harsh and deadly measures to ensure their survival. The fear of Iranian Hegemony in the Middle East has become the new Domino effect. I just hope the outcome is better than what happened in Southeast Asia.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. gordon

    Cruel people...its like a dog licking the wound of other dog.isnt there any other option except military action to this problem?who the hell these people are to invade(so called protecting civilians) other sovereign nation?America is the biggest threat to the world.It is actually creating terrorists.First funding them and later tagging them as terrorists or something else and fighting against them.It has become a regular practice to them.But they cant see the innocent people losing their lives.It seems to me that the 26/11 kind of the thing is very much near to the americans and for the rest of so called super powers

    March 20, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Thank you,gordon. How true your statement rings!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vidar

      Gordon, Thank you for your words. I believe that you are right, And, I believe we can expect big trouble ahead because of Obama's foolish foreign policy moves. I believe this turmoil signals that the Kingdom of God is at hand. I encourage you to continue to speak out in your righteous judgment.

      June 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not A Party Person

    This is the human thing to do. We are joined by several nations in helping an oppressed people take control of their own country. The people hate Gahdafi, this is different than the mid 80's when Reagan bombed the country for harborring terrorists. The people have had 42 years of him now and they also see he is a madman. It was the proper thing to do in the 80's to disable his terror network and it is the right thing to do now to save the Libyan people. People forget before Osama Bin Laden, Gadhafi was the terrorist mastermind of his time period. Nearly all terrorists opperated out of Libya in the 1980's. The Libyan people do not want this lifestyle, they want freedom and change. They are fighting back but they cannot win without the world's help. This isn't party politics, this is human suffering. This should set an example to other ruthless leaders that the world is tired of standing by and watching you deny your people human rights. If we took this stance with every dictator who abuses power the world would be a much better place. I don't care what religion they are, the US is a country full of many religions and we have our differences but we generally get along, this philosophy can work everywhere. Let people be human no matter where they are.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. gordon

    Dear Brian,how long the war is going to last is not the matter here.Aren't the gaddafi loyalist army libyans??Do you really know how many of libyans actually want gaddafi out of libya?Yes,gaddafi is a cruel dictator,but there are so many options before international community to make gaddafi go out of libya as well.Death for death is never a solution.We all have seen what happened to honsi mobharak in egypt.He had to leave egypt only because the army didnot support him.Its not that hard to understand,i.e.,every one in egypt wanted mobharak to leave.but its not the case in libya.Only 20-30% of people actually want gaddafi to cannot attack any country based on such a little opposition.Any ruler could resort to crushing down the uprising for that matter.If any wish to protect civilians across the world,why dont they protect the people of behrain??you are restraining from them because behrain is a friendly to americans.How cruel and cunning the international politics.Who has the money will have the power and so the power to keep their word work among others.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. citizen

    Free Bahrain. Impose a no fly zone.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. citizen

    Free Saudi Arabia. Impose a no fly zone.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Martin

    I have done a little research questioning the motive. While civilians must always be protected, why is it that you went fast in Yougoslavia and Lybia trying to stop genocide. What happened in Sub saharan countries (Sudan, RDC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivoy Coast)? I guess blacks can be exterminated. When it is a white race we have to protect since North Africans are considered white/caucasian.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      This is not about race. Why don't you look a little deeper into your heart and decide if maybe you are using this as an excuse not to do anything positive in your own life.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. citizen

    Free Iran.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      Why can't Iran free themselves, like Egypt?

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

      Free themselves from what? First,we Americans need to free ourselves from the very arrogance and self-righteousness that pervades our psyche. We must realize that we're not a superior people with rights to bully the rest of the world!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Math

      America only bullies countries who is killing its own people just to Greedily Grip its Government and power.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fisco

    Gaddafi should have bought planes from Sarkozy, look what is Sarkozy doing now because of that, a UN resolution on NO FLY ZONE has turned into a NO WALK ZONE.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      Yeah – so quit blaming the u.s. for this.

      March 20, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Is that the no walk zone created by Daffys' snipers?

      March 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      uhhhh the Libyans have Mirages

      March 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      We could have saved a lot of trouble and money, if we had deployed a drone while he was making that rambling 3 hour speech and blown his twisted @$$ up live and in living color. Maybe we can start to eliminate some of these despots around the globe and do some spring cleaning.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonrepublican

      typical NATO – always finds some poor country to level and call it humanitarian help

      March 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Libya a poor country? What college did you go to?

      March 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAVIER


      March 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ahmed

    I have to say .... Thank You to the Coalition forces... France, UK, US, other European Nations, Qatar and other Arab countries... and the UN for this humanitarian Mission.... All Libyans acknowledge the risks the coalition is taking to preserve Libyan lives.... A democratic Libya will never forget this... Gaddafi has no popular support and his military and his whole regime is beyond shaky.... crippling his military apparatus that he's using against
    his people is all it takes.... Watch in a few days.... Libyans from all cities will flood into Tripoli to remove this dictator and his other gang members ...
    He's going down!

    Again... Thank You to the World

    March 20, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      Wait- the Saudis are next but your DC THUGS will flip flop again for all the world to witness.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • C.LM

      @Ahmed yes thank you to the UN ect...I only hope that Libyans get the freedom they truly seek and not the illusion of freedom ...I hope they realize that driving fancy cars and owning houses( while in heavy debt), acquiring cable tv which dispite its few positive stations..spews mostly junk negatively impact social development , and a population where most members are easily swayed by NEW broadcasts resulting in little to no independent NOT freedom......beware of the devil you acquire while expelling the demon you know!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply

      March 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      That would be a very positive outcome. You need the military to turn on Ghadafi as they did in other countries. Then he will simply disappear, a military state will exist for a time, and then the democratic elections you crave will begin. Let's see other countries' history repeat itself in Libya–rather than keep a dictator for another 40 years. May I say that term limits make a big difference in the forward movement of economic and political strength?

      March 20, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Cohen

      Ahmed! I believe you are spot on! You are a strong voice here, speaking reason to a pack of rabid wolves! I am an American woman, I vote democrat and voted for our president and I trust his discretion. I am proud that America cared enough about the Libyan people that we sent our troops to help them! This is the only good use for military action. Libyan people are not any different than any HUMAN and they did not deserve to be slaughtered by the "MAD DOG".
      I will be watching and will cheer the revolution! PEACE AND SECURITY TO LIBYA'S PEOPLE!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAVIER

      AHMED, America hears you. We want your country to be free and we want your people to become our friends. America will offer new opportunities and business that will create many jobs for your people to live with dignity. OBAMA IS A GREAT LEADER. He wont let you down.

      March 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NPhxAz

    New "Nazis" is about as accurate as possible.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      What are you, new?

      March 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mb526

      Yea a label ascribed by a guy machine gunning his own people.

      You're an idiot.

      March 20, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      Gadhafi adores Nazis. He practices their techniques.

      March 20, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • nemo007

      I's say it's more like the fist of Allah coming down to put some justice to this.....

      March 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • poundhimhard

      No, you are just an Old Idiot.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • acutemind

      The war supporters come on here stating that Ghaddafi is killing his own people. The irony here is that the "his own people" who he is killing always seem to be armed which makes them legitimate military targets. Abraham Lincoln (who IMHO is the greatest president this country ever had) also killed "his own people" – the Confederates. And we laud him for it. The Confederates saw Lincoln the same way the rebels see Gadaffi.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      WOAH! woah.. Did you say the CSA saw the USA like the people of Libya see Mo? If you mean it was a civil war, yeah, kinda – more 'state' based, less 'man on the street'. 2 trained military forces. This mob-rule thing is vastly different. But the grievances they fight for are much more basic than our civil war. More akin to the revolution i think.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabriel

    The Anti-Christ is named "gordon". Pass it on.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • bbarc

      Thank You Gabriel!

      March 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mart

      The initial attack on the country of Libya and its major milatery installation is easy pickking. For the most part the colition whatever has fired well over 500 million$$$ of missales. Hit instalitions that we help build.
      How much in Humarinty add have we sent. how many guns for the unknow rebels there is not good or quick way out of this now.

      March 21, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pavel

    This is amazingly courageous on the part of the civilized world! I am writing this from Belarus – the last dictatorship in Europe where we also have a halfwit dictator, incidentally, a good friend of Gadhafi! I would love the world to come to our rescue and annihilate our dictator as well. I pray to God that one day that will happen. God bless the USA.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Rom

      Pavel I assume you're not at home country now..coz I wish you be under bombing by blessed army and enjoying the process of it with your family being in fear and your kids asking you "will we be killed"...Don say things which you even could not imagine. Any war is bad ...any fight is because of not ability to talk and is getting to the nowhere.

      March 20, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      May I say that term limits make a big difference in the forward movement of economic and political strength? No citizen under a dictatorship should be placid.

      March 20, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      the U.N will never save you the only reason they are bombing libya is for control of their oil.The U.N does not care about people under dictatorships

      March 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonrepublican

      can you get it in your head that not everyone deserves freedom- most countries NEED dictatorship. Also, its not USA's job to choose sides in the conflicts of other nations and than bomb the hell out of it. DUH

      March 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      nonrepublican: Most people do not deserve freedom? Must be a Dem Socialist College idiot with no job.

      March 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Yep a college DUH. It is spelled then NOT than!

      March 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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