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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. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Night everyone!
    Hope the situation in Libya will resolve in some peaceful way
    Great to be with you all again, great show and blog!
    Unfortunately missed a big chunk of the show, because of breaking news from New Zealand
    Hope CNN international can understand that we in Europe want to see what´s going on in Libya
    Across the border...
    From AC360 (!)
    I stay up to watch at 4 AM 😉

    February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  2. roger forbes

    Our governments in the west are not standing firmly behind the people in the middle east because they fear that they are next.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Dorene Murphy

    Hi Anderson; in response to the recent interview. Yes, the man in question definantly was seeking a way to save his self image, but at the same time; I think he was too fearful to denounce Cadafi on national and global television

    February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    at times i do not agree with mr. spitzer's point of view, but i do enjoy listening to his commentary

    February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Ben,
    "The Lybians must fight their own battle for freedom"
    As thy Libyans are 'fighting' this battle, who will help them afterward? They don't have a stable military system in place, etc. (unlike in Egypt)

    February 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Liz Johnson

    Why is the budget only focused on teachers and not the firefighters and police? If it was truly about money, then everyone should be treated equally.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  7. Nina

    Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin should lead by example and cut his own wages along with benefits!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  8. Shane

    To Libya, 2 things

    1 One small flame can pierce the dark from miles away, Freedom Fighters, YOU are that flame.

    2. Time Person/People of the year..Libyan Youth

    February 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  9. Kate

    @ Hoda Where is he? I pray the United Nations can accomplish something tomorrow and come up with a plan to help your people. I will be praying.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  10. Inaas

    As a Libyan-American, I would like to thank you for your coverage of the uprising in Libya, Gaddafi's brutal response, and the grilling of the Libyan Ambassador to the US. I call on the President to clear state that he sides with the Libyan people who have suffered enough.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  11. roger forbes

    We all live in one form of dictatorship or another.Here in the west our media is corporate driven and will not see that there is no difference

    February 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  12. Dorene Murphy

    Hi Anderson; in response to the recent interview. Yes, the man in question definantly was seeking a way to save his self image, but at the same time; I think he was too fearful to denounce Cadafi on national and global television.

    As an American I am proud to see young people around the world fighting for their , country, cultule, religious beliefs, and customs, and to better the lives of all live and come within its borders. With the changing of middle eastern leadership by its people there can be peace.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  13. Aay, Toronto, Canada

    Anderson, those of us from Africa, have always known that Ghadafi is lunatic and raving mad man as well as a dictator and we are not surprised at his brutality towards Libyans.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Charles

    Barbara Walters is one wise woman. Insanity can be seem in many lights. But in my experience dictators often know how to oppress their people to remain a certain level of power. What is isn't really whats going on. In Gahdafi's case, he has portrayed his country as a democracy but yet the people are oppressed.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  15. Ben

    Sending the US, UN, or any military to the aid of the Lybians is NOT the answer.

    The Lybians must fight their own battle for freedom and liberty just as all free folk have done throughout history. But they must know that we hear them! They must know that we support their cause! And they must know that the Free World will be on the sidelines screaming bloody murder at the top our lungs until they have the justice they deserve as equal citizens of this beautiful planet!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Sarah

    @ Charles

    Every person who I have seen calling from Libya has begged Pres. Obama, the American people, Europe and the U.N. for immediate assistance.
    The inertia of world leaders does not fill me with much confidence in the likelihood of International help if I found my country in a similar state.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "What is the US doing?"
    The most forceful statement that I've heard thus far, re. Libya, has come from Sec. Clinton, again!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Darnell

    In the perspective of the American people a affected as well seeing that oil prices will undoubtedbly increase over the next few years as unrest in Egypt and Libya continues. This should be an incentive for U.S. intervention in these North African dealing with turmoil.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  19. Eman Arabi

    I live in Sydney and my family is in Tripoli, Misrata, Banghazi and Tobruk. I am so proud of the strong spirit of courage our Libyan brothers are demonstrating against this Govt. My brother is amongst those brothers and he is not a junkie or an alocoholic. He is a university graduate from Europe and so are all of the brothers. They are young educated professionals that are risking their lives to protect their homes, mothers and sisters. I have heard the gunshots and am absolutly disgusted at this govt. European officials and American officials we need you to release statements against this Govt and not just concerns. We need action now, this is a very unpredicatble Govt and a very dangerous one.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  20. Linda

    Mr. Anderson,
    I realy apreciate your work, me and my husband watch you every night you are a very objective journalist, you like to show the truth to the people same time you are objective.

    through my experience as a journalist who work for some time in the middle east i would like to comment on Libya

    Just wanna say that this dictator "al Qathafi" is not going to listen to anyone, Mr. Obama can't do anything even if he announce a declarence about this dictator to leave, he wont.
    Qathafi is a killer like any other dictators before, look at Sadam or even Husni Mobarak they didn't listen or care they were forced to leave.
    I think Mr. Obama needs to get with the UN everbody work together for a good plan to stop him and any other dictators, I know he doesn't care about us and europ because he has the oil

    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Nicole Netherlands

    Great interview with Barbara Walters!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  22. roger forbes

    It is not a war on dictatorships that we need it is economic equity throughout the world

    February 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Sharon Hastings

    According to Barbara Walters, Gadhafi certainly has a messiah complex of sorts. You don't hear the term megalomaniac often anymore but he personifies that term and his son seems ruthless.

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

    @Linda Heslegrave,
    Other countries, including the UN have spoken out much more forcefully re, Libya than they did with Tunisia or Egypt.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  25. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    Anderson, great idea to have Barbra Walters on the show.

    She's right, Gadhafi is "weird" and "odd". He has stated he lives in a tent to "honor" his ancestry.

    Ms. Walter's statement about Gadhafi about as "ruler" of the Arab world is exactly what his so-called astrological chart reportedly said.

    Great interview with Ms. Walters!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Stephanie

    Barbara Walters has wonderful commentary on the interview she conducted with Gadhafi and the situation at hand. So wonderful she was able to be on the show.

    To say that Gadhafi is "crazy" or "unstable", though, is unsettling. Insanity minimizes the punishment and consequences of these atrocities shouldn't be minimized or lessened in any fashion.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Henda Alani

    There's a genocide in progress in Libya and all we've heard from the World leaders is a routine condemnation of the brutality of the regime. As far as I can remember the same statements were issued during the unrests in Tunisia and Egypt but fell into deaf ears. Isn't time for the world, particularly the US, to approach these dictators differently forcing them to step down with the least amount of blood shed.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Bill

    Thanks for your continuing coverage. God bless your journalists and crews in harm's way.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Shane

    I know that I cant send links but if you google search "SEND HELP TO LIBYA!!! Petition" there is a link to request help from the UN, I urge everyone to please do so,

    February 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Nina

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is a true sociopath!! A direct mirror image of his father!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Carena

    I understand that it is hard to get a dictator out of power, but this man has been murdering people for his own gain for 40 years. How can we as human beings sit back and pretend like this man isn't killing all of his people. It is ignorant to think that someone shouldn't step in and stop the madness. He must be stopped people, the human race needs to stand together on this one.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Emily

    What is known about Moammar Qaddafi's parents?
    How does someone think that they are going to be the head of all the Muslims countries? (if they are 'sane')

    February 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love Barbara Walters, she was interview Gadhafi on Jan 27, 1989, I can remember that time she was there in Libya.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Mohamed, Ph.D.

    Mr Cooper,

    Thank you for supporting the Libyan revolution.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  35. Carolyn

    The Barbara Walters interview with Moammar Gadhafi was very strange... such an odd and terrifying man.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  36. Lori

    He is a brutal leader.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  37. Sana

    All the things that are going on in Libya make me feel helpless and annoyed that no one is paying attention to them. Compared to Libya, Egypt's uprising wasn't even close to bad.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  38. Janis

    I remember one of Barbara's interviews well. Gadhafi was actually flirting with Barbara or so it appeared to me. He definetly like himself and was very proud of himself.

    This clip doesn't look familiar – it must have been another one. Probably after he had done something to snub the world and was even more proud of himself.

    Strange, strange man.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  39. lilly

    there is pure evil in those eyesof gadhafi in the barbara walters interview!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  40. Lori

    Barbara Walters asking Gadhafi if he is insane...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  41. Nina

    We bombed his home because he was trying to lob missiles at our bases in both Greece and Italy. Those bases were always under threat from Gadhafi.

    Gadhafi is a true psychopath!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  42. Linda Rhodes

    I don't think it is any coincidence that the voices from Libya giving the live commentary are women – women have the most to gain from the revolution. America needs to support these people right now – not next week. Obama, make a statement that Americans support these people in their struggle. Libyans for freedom – we are with you. We can't send troops but we can send our ability to spread your message, and put political pressure where its needed to support you. Don't give up!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  43. Mohamed, Ph.D.

    His adapted daughter was never killed.

    His adapted daughter is alive and still in Libya.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  44. Karen, MN

    I love your interview with Barbara Walters. She is such a great interviewer and story teller.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  45. lilly

    Barbara is an amazing journalist.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Abdul

    President Obama's foreign policy is a miserable failure. He failed in Tunisia, Egypt, and now in Libya. Perhaps he should fire his advisors.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  47. Carolyn

    Wow... the young woman trapped in Tripoli, who is risking her life to talk to the world tonight is so very brave... Prayers to this woman and everyone in danger.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  48. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "Dictators like Qaddafi never hide what they are, we just choose not to see it."
    It looks like what could come next could be even uglier! Since there's no military, etc. there, who knows who will fill the vacuum when the Colonel final goes.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  49. Razan Elharezi

    @Richard thank your support as well as others. Its good to know our effort of trying to get this topic to the public is working. We need more people like you to speak up for my country and people that are risking theirs lives for freedom, and for qaddafi to leave.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  50. Hoda

    The sad fact is he is a sick, crazy, evil man, and if he goes down, he will take as many as he can with him,,, these are people,, not ants.

    I'm torn. Stay, fight on heir own,, they have no guns,,, all they can hope for is military troops to change sides and side with the people,,, but they risk being killed,,, it's a mess... the people started it on their own,, they will finish it on their own too, but a no fly zone and shooting down Quadaffi's bombers is a good "boost" and much needed..

    My people are scared, largely unarmed and literally "sitting ducks" barricaded in their homes..

    First they wi;; kill the men on the streets, once they finish with them, it will be the women and children hiding in their homes...

    SHOOT DOWN THOSE PLANES!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
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