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February 21st, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Libya On the Brink: Join the Live Chat

We have breaking news on the the death and disorder in Libya. We've got the first western correspondent on the ground, inside Libya. Also, an exclusive with Barbara Walters, who's interviewed Moammar Gadhafi several times and we'll talk with a young woman trapped in Tripoli, who is risking her life to talk to us. She wants the world to know what she's seeing.

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  1. Moussa

    AC,
    Thank you so much for the tremendous work on behalf for the oppressed people of the world. I appeal to president Obama to send an unambiguous message to Gadhafi to order him to leave in 48 hours. This gut is a tyrant who tortures and kills to preserve his power.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Hussam

    As an Arab American, I understand that if U.S. supports comes "too quickly" then dictators in the Middle East would use that as a talking point claiming that these youth movements are "playing according to external forces," and thus dispute their authenticity.

    However, for Libya, I think that the protests have gone for a long time, and things have escalated to such a degree (calling for UN meeting) that Obama should make an explicit statement clearly supporting the Libyan protestors.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Lois

    No signs of looters yet as reported by CNN reporter Ben Wedeman in Eastern parts of Libya 🙂 ...I guess that means it is "confirmed"...All weekend we had to listen to US media lagging way behind the true events unfolding, that were verifiable by watching tweets, uploaded videos, and by talking to Libyans by phone

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  4. roger forbes

    It is time for all workers. We have created the wealth while 1% enjoy the fruits of our labor. Not communist, just for fairness, it is time to stand together all over the world.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Colleen

    I'm proud of the two pilots that defected!
    How can you kill your own people? Very sickening and sad!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Shafiq Rahman

    I have just read in Bangladeshi media that the Libyan ambassdor to Bangladesh resigned.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Hoda

    @ Janis

    Even though it's difficult to watch the brutality, I know Libya has to do it themselves to own their revolution and subsequent democracy. The end will be the respect of the world, recognition as a legitimate government of the people and so much more pride in their country. However, geneocide is not an option for any leader of any country that deserves to remain a leader.

    Be strong Libya! You can do this. Gadhafi will go.

    Couldn't say it better myself...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Seong (pronounced "song"), NY

    @Mark: reality tv show, ha! Sadly accurate for our passive stance.

    Regarding the current report with the Ambassador: if he says that he's "representing people" AND refuses to say the simple words "I stand for Libya and against Gadhaffi"... I think 2 + 2 makes 4.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Carsten

    CNN is unbelievable fortunate to have Ben on the payroll. He's the most trustworthy, factual and down-to-earth reporter. Ben stay safe and keep us abreast of the develpments in Libya and the ME. From a friend of peace and freedom

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Michael Haley

    Ghadif is our enemy, why do we hesitate to 100% support the people of Libya??? send in the US military to take out the Ghadifi army that are killing their own people!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Robert

    Obama must insist on Gadhafi's immediate departure and should arrange(on the dl) to be welcomed by some of the relatives of the victims of the lockerbie pan-am bombing!maybe they could speak for those of us who detest megalomaniacal murderous clowns...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Adam

    Ali Ojli, supports the Libyan People. He is scared for his life. The gadaffi family is incredibly wealthy, the cost of having anyone killed anywhere in the world, would be very easy and very possible.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Razan Elharezi

    LIBYANS ARE NOT FREE!! There is no way to define free.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Nina

    I love it.. Anderson.. "Hadn't your regime been torchering people for years?" Excellent statement

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    Anderson... the situation in Libya is insane... all of the murders, shootings, assassinations, torture, etc. is so shocking and sickening... the peaceful people in Libya do need help, and they need it now!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Ala

    Libya people are dying. Gadhafi is using a big Air-force to kill people and he is bringing a African army to kill his people. Please USA help Libyan.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. John

    Mr. Obama, Please tell the people of Libya "let freedom ring." To say that now would be just as big as President Regan saying "Tear down this wall ... ."

    February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    The Libyan Ambassador cannot answer a direct question.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  19. UMAR GEBRIL

    Good job grilling the Libyan Ambassador to the US, Anderson. The guy can't even an answer straightly and is the epitome of an opportunist who has never had a problem at quashing any feedback before.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Kate

    Libya's Ambassador is slimy – he has been aiding and saying nothing all these years. His hands are as bloody as his boss.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Emily

    @Nicole Netherlands,
    "This is not Egypt"

    This is so true! There is no Separate Military in Libya, etc. It could get even more bloodier there. I'm glad that the UN got involved so much faster there.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  22. loren

    Hi Anderson,
    I think we need to help the people in Libya. Who else will help them.I know we film to show what happens there but I dont want to watch them die when we can help.All they want is to be free.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Nura

    pardon, I meant the Libyan Ambassador to the US

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Ahmed

    we oragnized an aid convoy and tomorrow sending other due to the huge participation from Egyptian people, but these are only small things, ppl there need much more, I don't know why the USA didn't take any action in any of the revolutions going in the area, you have the chance to be on the right side of history. And I'm not talking about the media, the media are all honest ppl, I met them in Cairo I saw them from Europe, Asia and USA. but the governments, shame on you, shame on you for supporting hosni mubarak before and now silencing your conscious over war criminal Gaddafi

    February 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Nura

    The Ambassador to Libya is can't even look directly into the camera for the drivel that is coming out of his mouth. Once with Gaddafi, always with Gaddafi.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  26. layal

    this is genocide. plain genocide Obama must make a statement, we need to show support for the Libyan people. We can't keep watching this genocide happen.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  27. lisal -canada

    about this man's interview – he seems to speak of "the people" and "the libyans" as two different groups – so i would like him to clarify who "the people" are in the context in which he is using it – as i am sure there are "people" in libya besides libyans and he is not really clear

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Sonia

    Good evening, this is Sonia, Tunisian American living in MD, I'd like to thank you very much for the continuous coverage of what's happening in a region so unknown to the American people. Thank you for letting the world hear the voices calling for help. My husband and I are hooked up to AC360 every night for updates. You're an outstanding reporter.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Mostafa

    I wrote to you Anderson the other day by email, I hope that u read it. Please keep up the pressure on the dictator gadhafi. I know that u do a great job covering libya, and thank you ago.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Chi

    Evening AC and AC360

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  31. Sara Hassan

    Sara Hassan Egyptian American From Seattle,

    Anderson Your converge of the events unfolding in the Middle East has been Outstanding, Thank you for helping Egypt. Now we have to help Libya! Thank you and your team for everything!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  32. Hoda

    @ Jo Ann, Ohio and Nina:

    Change is in the air.... keep the faith, we have more power then ever before,,, do not forget that and NEVER give it away. Pray for good to prevail, we may not know if there is a heaven or a hell, but there certainly is a power.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Rim

    I am sorry but i totally see saddam and son uday in gadahfi and seif! enough!!how many more decades does he need to dictate Libya?? greedy people..go retire!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  34. Naomi

    I implore President Obama to immediately denounce the killing of innocent people in Libya. We are Americans – we cannot stand silently by and let this go on. If we do, then we are participating, to a degree, in the killing.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  35. Rasheed

    I believe that overthrowing the Libyan government won't be as easy as it was in Egypt. Gadaffi's ego is more powerful than his sense of reality, besides he has a number of supporters ready to clash with the opposition movement. In any case, thank you Anderson for keeping us fully informed about what's going on in there.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  36. Madeleine Costa

    My heart is breaking to hear the bravery of an ordinary woman caught in the despair of Libya right now. What is the outside world waiting for? I wish that President Obama would speak out strongly against the violence. How can we sit by our TV screens and watch and hear this genocide? Are we all becoming used to an insane world?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  37. Sarah

    Gadhafi is a lunatic.

    If he truly is still in Libya, then I dread to to think of what he is willing to do to quash the uprising.
    hJust because we cannot see the people and especially the children of Libya, does not mean that they do not exist.

    My thoughts are with them all.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Gloria Yonkers, NY

    this is awful what is happening in Libya...how the UN can wait till tomorrow morning to have a meeting is ludicrous...it should happen NOW..people are dying now & that brutal dictator is laughing because he knows he can get away with it....President Obama needs to make some kind of statement NOW!!!!!

    btw is anyone else having problems with the CNN signal..all my stations can come thru fine except CNN's...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Dave

    Anderson: Thank you for keeping the world in the truth about the mid-east. Keep the heat on our government in the US! Obama should do what the professor said! Take a stand! Demand Ghaddafi leave or be arrested and tried as a criminal! He is in violation of previous international treaties to not attack your own people!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Nina

    "I am not calling for Gadhafi to step down" That is quite obvious that he is on the side of Gadhafi. Anderson, I am delighted you continue to press him for a definitive answer.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Rasheed

    I believe that overthrowing the Libyan government won't be as easy as it was in Egypt. Gadaffi's ego is more powerful than his sense of reality, besides he has a number of supporters ready to clash with the opposition movement. In any case, thank you Anderson for keeping us fully informer about what's going on in there.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  42. Sandra

    My husband left Libya over 30 years ago because of his opposition to Qaddifi. His entire family is in Benghazi. He has not been able to reach them since this started. There are so many Libyan people that have been here for the same amount of time and for the same reason. Their families are still in Libya. Please pray for the Libyan people.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Fares

      Sandra my father left also he is from tripoli...let us pray for their safety

      February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  43. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    @JoAnn & Nichole

    Yes, i agree, the US has been complicent (sp) in supporting so many dictators, ALL for Oil!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Kenya

    Sounds like Mr. Ambassador can't make up his mind.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  45. David Yusten

    The United Nations should Stand And Help the people of Lybia any way they can . This is a complete violation of human rights They are slautering the Lybian People like rats. Obama needs to imediatly Take a stand and tell that crazy lunatic to get out and now....

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Gavin

    I want a government for governments. We need these dictators to be accountable and live in fear of being removed from power for abusing their own people. That is the world I want to live in.

    Praying for Ben Weiderman's safety.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann, Ohio
    The United States shares some of the blame for supporting dictators and regimes that violate human rights

    Jo Ann.....
    Yes! You 're so absolutely right! They do.... they always have regime & dictators including Iran, Egypt, China, and Mexico.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  48. tony peraica

    I am embarrased by Obama's silence on Iran, Libya, Egypt, Tunisa. USA must be vocal in support of democracy. Our silence is defening. For shame. Shame.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, Ohio

    CNN said that Ben Wedeman is the first western TV journalist to be in Libya. His courage is unbelievable! I hope he has excellent security and stays safe.

    Libya is not Egypt. There's a whole new set of rules over there.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Shane

    Unfortunately, I believe that any type of Military action on the US part would destabilize the region even more and possibly lend credence to other countries (read Iran etc..) and we would have an even greater conflict on our hands

    We need to lend support in any manor that we can, red cross, medical supplies food, water..anything

    February 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
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