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February 28th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Separating Facts from Fiction in Libya: Join the Live Chat

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi faced reporters today and spun a story of what he says is happening in Libya. It's the same story his son, Saif,  has been trying to sell the world for days now. Tonight on 360° you will hear what they say is happening and then you will hear the facts of what is happening. We have the facts and evidence.

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  1. khaled, Arizona

    apply no fly zone over tripoli alone!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "He truly believes he will prevail. Very scary!"
    Sounds like he's been in some kind of a mental state right from the start (thinking that he's going to be the Ruler of the entire Arab world?). Since he's been the dictator of Libya since 1969, I agree that he's likely in (huge) denial.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Larissa

    These politicians need to put their opposing views aside and think about the Libyans instead of how it could affect their reputation.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Ahlem

    A large scale humanitarian relief is what they need. Thanks for saying that.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Nina

    The only reason China is opposing the no fly zone is because they still have 10,000 Chinese in Libya

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    I think Gadhafi is mentally ill.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Shawn Louisville Ky

    i cant understand why we dont have unmaned prediter drones on station over the skies of libya. we have them in Iraq and Afgh. and i am sure that we can reach the area and they can fly at high altitudes. these might help alot. also how could the brits and germans land in secret to evac people but the US cant. i dont understand that.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  8. saleh

    Ghadafi is crazy man hes killing people snce 1969 and takes people mony libya is a rich contry but its people so pooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor
    i hope from CNN to see benghazi and how us living its so sad when u see how us live

    February 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  9. khaled, Arizona

    he can laugh talking to reporters and say that his people "love" him when he is killing them in cold blood. his son laugh and say he miss his "safari" when he and his dad are killing people.....what more can one say to prove he is psychopath...

    February 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Kristie

    I think this is Gadhafi's last ditch effort to stay in power. He is trying to convince himself and the rest of the world that everything is fine.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  11. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    A $30 billion freeze is nothing to someone with access to hundreds of billions.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  12. steve

    After Ghadafi who will be in charge of Lybia?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Foaud Ajami is right..... They have to action to protect people their lives....... I agree what he had to say.......

    February 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  14. Jerome

    Since when does germany sell G36 assualt
    rifles too liyba ? In saifs hand is a G36 while he gives his speech..

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  15. Ahmed Almaghraw

    Helloooo Anderson, Hope to see you in Tripoli soon.What the Libyan people need right now is opposing no fly zone in order not to allow him to use air force as well as bring more troop from Africa.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  16. fathi

    Gaddafi is fully exposed to the world as a barbaric criminal dictator. The world should help the Libyan people get rid of him.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  17. Paula, Colorado

    Though the opposition has done well in self-governing to this point, it's good there is more thought being put into who will lead after Gadhafi's regime.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  18. Ahlem

    Why place help within extremes: useless sanctions or warships?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It was a great suggestion to recognize the alternate government as the legitimate government. Obama needs to do more than talk.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Emily, "I can believe that Qaddafi was laughing. He likely thinks this is all a big joke."

    I think Qaddafi is in denial. He truly believes he will prevail. Very scary!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  21. steve

    When is the last time that Ghadafi was seen in public?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  22. Janis

    Yes, Gadhafi will be gone and out of the news. His vanity has fed off of his thumbing his nose at the world for so long. He appeared the clown to us, but thought he was beautiful and loved to himself.

    I also wonder if terrorist attacks will drop substantially. The world will cheer when he is gone, but Libyans will cheer the loudest..the world will owe the brave Libyan protestors alot when this is all over.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Erika
    How many people actually live in southern Libya? It's mostly desert and I know there are some tribes. Anyone have actual numbers?

    Right now about million or billion people lives southern Libya..........

    February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  24. khaled, Arizona

    Good evening Anderson.
    Kaddafi is a psychopath. In a way he does believe the lies he created. He has no respect to his people. That is how he survived all 42 years. He seems strange to the world, however Libyans are use to his nonsense. It is sad how ever to see what he is doing to people there. I have family living in Tripoli and they are in fear.
    They are not taking the press to opposition “rebels”. The security details accompanying foreign press are taking them to people playing opposition they are pro Kaddafi people unfortunately.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Megan Dresslar,
    I don't like what Qaddafi has done either, Megan....and I've Never said that I did.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  26. Lisa

    It is impressive how effective the rebellion of the Libyan people has been over the past 11 days without the assistance of any other country. The fatalaties, however sad, have been relatively minimal. I believe these tenacious Libyan citizens will be able to handle this conflict, and its resolution, on their own.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Nina

    Well stated Fauad Ajami. Excellent analysis

    February 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  28. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily – Hi, just wanted to let you know that i have still not received a reply from the WH or State Dept. Unbelievable!

    Anderson, thank you for such a great panel discussion.
    As always love to hear from Nick R. & Prof. Ajami. And, really appreciate the info from the news reporter, Maria, who interviewed Gadhafi today.
    I am surprised on reporting allowed by Nick R.
    Love that Prof. Ajami gives the Lybian revolution a birthday.
    Hope Nick R. can stay safe while in Tripoli.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Jerome

    He will die or kill himself in the end cause its his dream is to die as a beduin warrior lol

    February 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Kenya

    @Larissa
    I was wondering the same thing.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am worried about journalist in Libya right now....... I am so afraid of that they will get hurt as well.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  32. saleh

    here in libya we want want basic rights
    FREEDOME ,in east every thing under control but theres one thing missed and its Ghadafi get out

    February 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There were reports Libyan jets bombed a city that was in protester hands. What is taking the US so long to establish a no-fly zone? Obama needs to act, not talk.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Jason

    I have to commend Anderson Cooper on his day after day broadcast and showing the truth. I love this concept (keeping them honest). The guests and analysists are on top of things. Anderson you are helping in the inevitable change in Libya. I am of Arabic origin and I am proud of you. There is no room for tirants anymore.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Nalini

    Good evening Anderson, CNN crew, and everyone,
    It seems like Qadaffi has been on these "hallucination pills" for 42 years himself, together with the drugged youth and rats. Last week millions were being urged to protect Libya's streets if they love Qadaffi, 3rd. person, and if they do not love Qadaffi, he does not deserve to live another day, the same rats would be put to death if there's a civil war, now the millions of rats love him and the revolution is because of al Qaeda! All despots are the same anywhere in the world.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  36. kathy Digiovanni

    I cannot for the life of me understand the greed that goes along with the Gadhafi regime when the people suffer so. That pure evil is not comprehensable to me. Where does the sense of total entitlement come from ? He has billions stashed, gorgeous homes around the world but his people beg for clean water. He should be assassinated . He is pure evil with no compassion for his own people.
    He really sounds very delusional and out of touch with reality ? Good luck to you brave folks in Libya. You deserve a decent life.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Mohamed Akoud

    CNN outstanding reporting of the middle east conflict, especially Anderson Cooper. well done. the only US channel that provided comprehensive coverage of the Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Shawn Louisville Ky

    @ Jerome

    lets hope that he is brought to justice before anything like what happened in WW2 happens there.

    all though arabs might hate us (The USA) i believe that we need to step up and take the lead in this. even if this means that we need to send in the military. these people need our help Now, Not Tomorrow or Next Week, Now.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  39. Lori

    They may kill him if he does not leave on his own.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Larissa

    How are the news reporters able to move around so freely when the citizens are afraid to step outside of their doors for fear of being killed?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Janis

    I wonder how it feels to have your own son want to hire a lawyer because you are a dictitorial murdering madman?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Khalid

    I wonder who is really in charge there. Gadhafi looks like he is just a puppet, a violent and evil one, but not the man in charge.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  43. Jerome

    Biggest question is does he belive what he saying or are his son? And if not why not take the next plane to the carebean?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  44. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Emily,
    That was not funny.... I don't like what Moammar Gadhafi have done damage his own people...... That's so dangerous!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Emily

    @Shawn Louisville Ky
    "this mad man and is followers need to be brought to justice."
    I agree with you, however, I don't think that he would ever be taken alive "to be brought to justice." I have a feeling that he would go out like Hitler and commit suicide. I don't think he'd be taken alive or run to another country.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Nina

    Qaddafi knows there are demonstrations. But if he says there is, then he has to face reality. He is struggling about having to give up his Demi-God status. Its is akin to when you lost someone, you don't want to say it as when you do... it becomes more real!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  47. Janis

    I hope the warships aren't misinterpreted by the people of Libya. I heard they are only there as support if needed. Won't do if you have a humanitarian 911 distress call from Libya and they're 500 miles away. I hope they can get no-fly-zone going soon.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Ahlem

    If the international organizations want to help they should start by taking care of the people on the Tunisian and Egyptian borders. There are thousands of Egyptian workers who run from Libya to Tunisia. Why don't the international organizations help hose?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Richard

    All you have to do is go back a few days to that video clip of Saif threatening that the streets would run red with blood in order to see who this man is; this man is clearly sociopathic or psychopathic. Probably both!

    As for the mad Colonel....well what do you expect from a guy with the word 'daffy' in his name?
    Makes Al Capone look friendly.

    Richard

    February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Larissa

    I can't believe that it is taking NATO and other international help so long to get there.

    I wonder how the Libyan people are going to react to that when this is all over.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
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