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February 21st, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Inside Libya's Uprising

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we'll take you inside the uprising in Libya. An uprising where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi seems to be losing his grip after 42 years at the helm. CNN's Ben Wedeman has managed to become the first Western journalist to get into the country. He reports the eastern part of the country appears to be under the control of opposition forces.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli witnesses report armed militia are firing on protesters. In the capital there have also been reports aircraft were targeting anti-government protesters.

But Libya's government denies those reports. Gadhafi's son, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi, told the state news agency Al-Jamahirya the warplanes were targeting weapons depots in remote areas.

However, there's another twist. Two Libyan Air Force pilots defected to Malta today after being asked to bomb Libyan citizens, a Maltese government source said. Their fighter jets were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns, the source added.

Meanwhile, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations told reporters today he's "expecting genocide in Tripoli.'

"The mass killing has reached a stage where no one can stay silent," Ibrahim Dabbaski said.

We'll have more of his message and you'll also hear from Gadhafi's hand-picked ambassador in Washington, who also seems to be breaking with him.

And, we'll talk over all of today's developments with Wedeman, Fouad Ajami, a professor at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CNN's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty.

Anderson also talked with Barbara Walters of ABC News, who talked with Gadhafi 12 years ago in an exclusive interview. She has remarkable insight on the dictator.

Back here at home, we're following the budget protests in Wisconsin. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is blaming unions for the state's money woes and slowing fiscal reform.

Walker's budget proposal calls for state workers to pay more for their pensions and health insurance benefits, while slashing their collective bargaining rights. Opponents call the plan an assault on worker's rights.

We'll talk it over with CNN's Eliot Spitzer, the former Democratic governor of New York, and Republican strategist Ed Rollins.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Gadhafi's army and mercenaries are very dependent on money that is generated by the Libyan economy... If the Libyan economy can get crippled somehow, then the protesters will gain valuable momentum against Gadhafi, because the army and the mercenaries will not work for free... The world can always start economic sanctions against Gadhafi... I am pretty sure that the worldwide crisis is already affecting the Libyan economy.... The libyan people can always start a labor strike too.....

    February 22, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  2. Pierre-Hugues Archambault

    All these changes will turn well. They are going in the good direction. Do not be afraid.

    A Canadian friend

    February 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  3. Daniel L.

    AT LAST ITS HAPPENING, THIS MANY UPRISINGS ALL AT ONCE HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IN HISTORY AND THEY ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON; ITS FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE!! DECADES LONG BRUTAL AND BLOODY DICTATORSHIPS ARE CRASHING AND BURNING FINALLY, FIRST SADAM(THANKS TO THE US), THEN BEN ALI, MUBARAK, GADHAFI, SOON HOPEFULLY KHAMENEI AND THE REST OF THESE GENOCIDAL MANIACS THAT HAVE TERRORIZED INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR FAR TOO LONG!! THE REAL NEW WORLD ORDER IS IN EFFECT AND ITS GOING TO BE A BLOODY FIGHT BUT WORTH EVERY DROP IN THE END! KEEP FIGHTING AND STAY STRONG TO ALL THAT ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED! THIS DOMINO MOVEMENT IS FAR FROM OVER- IT HAS ONLY BEGUN! ONE WORLD ONE LOVE!!

    February 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Pierre-Hugues Archambault

    If someone wants to understand one of the sream of the wind of democracy and freedom wich is sweeping dictatorships in Arabic countries has to read President Obama's speech at the Cairo University given the 4th of June 2009.
    The Sincerity of his words have been heard by millions of young educated Arabic peoples and Hope for change and Yes we Can started to grow as seeds in their mind.
    Some started to understand Western World is not Evil fighting against Islam. Some started to believe USA is not anymore an imperialist selfish superpower supporting Dictators for his own interests.
    The coward Tunisian dictator left peacefuly and quickly. USA did not support him. The powerfull and strong Egyptian dictator, usually supported by USA, left almost as peacefuly and quickly. Because USA did not support him anymore.
    The crazy Libyan dictator will kill as much people he could before leaving. USA will be wise and not pushing him to much because he will use it to make the Evil USA responsible for his killings.
    The World knows Khadafi and wants his to leave.

    Now President of USA is doing exactly what he said in his speech.

    God bless him and God bless America

    A Canadian Friend

    February 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  5. Rula Abdulrazzak

    America must do something to stop Qaddhafi now. We have enabled him and now we need to do what is right and just and stop him from murdering his whole country. We have benefited enough from our dealing with the devil. America must change its foreign policy in the middle east or else we are going to be dealing with numerous cans of worms.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  6. libyan

    Hello everyone,

    Appreciate all the support from the commentators and well wishes for libya. As a libyan living in the us, it is surreal for me to watch what is happening at home. The numbers of the people dead is horrendous. My brother tells me there still are dead bodies on the street, left to rot. My sister couldn't sleep last night from the sounds of gunshots. This is real, the libyan people are surrounded and have no where to run. However, they stand strong. I am so proud of my country men, young and old, men and women. Libya's time has come, we will be free, by the will of God

    February 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  7. Barbara

    Thanks to CNN for reporting the unbelieveable in the Middle East to the world. time for U.S. to work with other nations to do something. great advantage for a different way of life for the people.. great reporting. i'm watching closely.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  8. Kenneth Grier

    I am first, a child of God's, and a Marine for Life. Right now, at this moment, I am not feeling a strong pride of being an American. Frank Kirkland's song, about Haiti, is the perfect song for the citizens of Libya. My President needs to get off of his ass, while the rest of the world watches, and innocent people are dying. Send in his best. This is the ideal situation for which the United States Marine Corps was born for, and, born from. November 10th, 1775. It started in Trippoli.
    My Marine Corps is the Guardian of my Country, and the keeper of world peace. It's written in our hymn.
    Marine Corps
    Hymn Lyrics

    From the Halls of Montezuma
    To the Shores of Tripoli;
    We fight our country's battles
    In the air, on land and sea;
    First to fight for right and freedom
    And to keep our honor clean;
    We are proud to claim the title
    of United States Marine.

    Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
    From dawn to setting sun;
    We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
    Where we could take a gun;
    In the snow of far-off Northern lands
    And in sunny tropic scenes;
    You will find us always on the job
    The United States Marines.

    Here's health to you and to our Corps
    Which we are proud to serve
    In many a strife we've fought for life
    And never lost our nerve;
    If the Army and the Navy
    Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
    They will find the streets are guarded
    By United States Marines.

    SemperFi! and a restless sleep tonight.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  9. Alaa Al-Senusi

    I am the great nephew of King Idris Al-Senusi of Libya living in McLean,VA. I am very sadden by the killings of the Libyan people. I urge the International community and in particular the US government to interfere to stop this what is undoubtedly a total massacre of my fellow Libyans. In fact this is a pure genocide taking place in all cities of Libya. The Libyan people do not deserve this at all since they came out in peaceful demonstrations asking for their basic rights.
    Alaa Al-Senusi

    February 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Carlos Fernandez Jr.

    Andersonn,
    How come no one's talking about the teachers saleries of up to a 100,000 a year.
    Texas teaachers would be glad to get half of that,and so would a lot of people!!
    Thanks!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  11. mohamed

    I thank you Anderson on pressing hard the Libyan embassador to come clean and he didn't, he is not representative of the Libyan people, and he should resign, and please stop calling the killer Qaddafi a leader. To me a leader of the people will do his best to protact his people from any harm and he is not.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Code Thiam

    I am a loyal viewer of your show but tonight I didn't appreciate the interview with the Libyan Ambassador. He was speaking in circles for about 5 minutes. I would appreciate that you cut off guests when they are not willing to answer the questions in a straightforward manner. Do you have this power?
    Thank you.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Linda Rhodes

    I am deeply moved by the courage of the women that risk their lives to bring the inside news of the Libyan slaughter to the people of the world. America needs to step forward in support of the Libyan people now, not next week, but now. We could save lives the faster we act. Don't let ambiguity and fear of what might happen post-Quadaffi paralyze us – this is a democratic movement that deserves our support and I think it is not insignificant that the women of Libya have such courage – they are the part of the population that has the most to gain. Thank you for bearing witness and may the people of Libya succeed without the bloodshed predicted by the madmen running the country at the present moment.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Annemarie

    The killing in Libya must stop and Khaddafi must be held accountable for killing his own people. I will stand up and bear witness for the people of Libya. Who is with me?? We need our president to speak out and help the protesters!We demand justice for the innocent.We demand dignity and human decency for the people of Libya and if freedom is what they want, then we demand freedom for them. Who is with me??

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Donald Evans

    Anderson,

    The ambassador is a duplicitous weasel.

    Thanks for nailing him to the wall.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  16. jacqueline niba

    I am praying for the Libyan people to finally get their freedom and for all Africans who are living in countries ruled by dictators to be courageous and fight for their freedom. I am afraid Gadhafi will continue to shoot libyans if the UN does not interfere. the ambassador is not for the people or he will support Gadhafi'a resignation. he is full of it.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Cynthia McElfresh

    The other evening while cleaning out my desk, I found this. I read it – it seemed so fitting at this time: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem to be invincible. But in the end they always fall.
    Think of it..... always." Mahatma Gandi

    February 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Damon - Toronto

    Ghadhafi will not leave Libya not because he is "revolutionay" but because he has nowhere to go! He is a lunatic and no country will accept him.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Annie Kate

    Sounds like a good show for tonight. How likely is it now that the anti-Gadhafi protesters will succeed and Libya will break free of this scourge that has oppressed them for 42 years? I wonder if Gadhafi has anyplace to go for exile? If he does, he ought to go before the protesters or the army gets to him and ends his reign of terror very abruptly.

    The GOP made a big deal about getting back in office and that they were going to do what the people wanted – so why is it that a lot of what they have proposed is not approved of by the people? Just who did these politicians get their cue cards from?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  20. Hassen

    The world that sits and watches now will regret that they did nothing to win the libyan hearts over. When the fanatics take over after Gadafi the world will wonder in awe, of how did that happen. Wake up UN, wake up Washington the Libyans need help...supporting a lunatic is not the answer even if he has bowed down to your orders. Its time for a change will you screw this up like Iraq or Afghanistan. Get in there now be the saviours so as not to be the future enemies.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm |