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December 29th, 2008
10:00 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/29/08

Happy Monday! There's a lot to talk about tonight and we want to hear from you. Join the conversation below.

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  1. John Wilhite

    The media are reporting protests against Israel in numerous countries, but are the protesters citizens of Greece, Spain, Italy, etc. or Arab/Muslim residents in those countries?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Jose Redondo

    Anderson, please help me understand why the man with so much violence destroys human beings as having good causes for which to fight.
    Thanks.
    Greetings from Caracas, Venezuela

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  3. adam

    Anderson, who's the terrorist, the occupyer when he bombs or the occupied when they resist occupation.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  4. anderson cooper

    good evening everyone.. hope you had a great holiday last week, those who were celebrating... a lot going on tonite.. curious to hear your thoughts on gaza, the obama song, and the holocaust author's lie?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Rick

    Anderson, I don't want to form a bias opinion about Hamas, until all information is given. Though it seems as if they are at falt, their are many reasons for war.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Randi, everyone. Why is all this fighting going on now?What happened? What caused it? I agree that this is very sad news.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  7. Besh

    is AC 360 taking sides with Israel? I am so disturbed seeing innocent people die on both sides

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Akbar

    How about the collective punishment that the children are facing. How does stopping water, electricity and medical supplies for the children count as being "defensive"?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    So, where is George W in all this?

    asleep as usual

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  10. LUIS COLLAZO

    What the world needs is Shalom, not war!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Rekha, CA

    Hi Anderson,

    I hope you had a great holiday and well rested.

    Rekha

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  12. AlanB

    Situation Room did some excellent background-piece graphics today. Brought all the geography back to me perfectly on the Middle East and the last few day's war.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  13. adam

    Lets be fair, If President elect Obama cannot tolerate bombs falling on his childrens homes if he was to occupy a land like Israel, than How much more can he not and should not tolerate an occupying power besieging his land, bombing his children in their homes and preventing them from their right to food, electricity and water through and illegal siege for the past 6 months.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Maureen T

    Welcome back Anderson! Hope you enjoyed your break!...Erica did a great job filling in for you!...Please help me understand the war between Gaza and Israel.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Fadwa

    Who cares about Oprah and Bristol Palin? 375 people are dead in Gaza. If 375 Israelis died it would be the ONLY news you would cover. I wonder how much of a place Gaza would have had in Christine

    December 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  16. omar yousif

    It's time for real actions towards peace to take place in the middle east. We have seen little effort from the Bush administration thus far. I hope that Barack Obama takes serious steps to ensure the safety of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @megan dresslar, you are right, its not good news, todays world is so scary lately.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Mark McHugh

    Could you please have commentators explain what they think the political advantages are of Hamas ending the cease fire?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    PLEASE someone stand up for the Palestinians
    Deserae in Seattle.....
    I am standing up for the Palestinians.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Deserae, why stand up for the Palestininians when they are dedicated to wiping out Israel?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Janine from PA.

    Good eveninf Mr. Cooper and the rest of 360:
    Until the Muslim world acknowledges that they would not be muslims without Judism, there can never be peace. Judism is the grandfather, Christianity the father, Islam the child. All under the same God. When will we all understand that and get rid of the hate.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Obviously Hamas sending rockets to Israel and killing 5 people is a lot different than Israel bombing the entire Gaza region and killing three hundred, or four hundred, some people. You can't attack a political group, an ideology, and kill innocent civilians. This is why wars on ideas (war on drugs, war on terror, etc) doesn't work. Ideas spread, and Hamas is an idea wrapped in a political party. Killing innocent people won't be effective.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  23. may

    there is no link to the webcast

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Joseph

    Once Gaza's medical supplies run out and the death toll reaches the thousands this will be labeled a genocide.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Karen

    So, where is George W in all this? Why does he need a vacation before a BIG vacation? Hillary needs to get her game on.

    There is never a solution to this problem. It seems eternal and blows up regularly like a volcano.

    I keep hearing things from the media like "Maybe this is Obama's big test." AS though he doesn't have 42 million other of the most dire things in world history being deposited at his door already.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  26. ashley - willis, tx

    I have a friend that lives in Eliat, Israel and I haven't talked to her in a week. I hope she's ok, I think Israel needs to do what they have to do to protect themselves.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    Israel failed 2 years ago in their fight against Hezbollah. They will need to completely destroy Hamas, or else no Israeli will believe in their gov.'s and military's power anymore. Unfortunately finishing off Hamas also means killing innocent civilians...which I don't think is justified.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  28. CAROLYN JONES

    hi anderson! wow the the begining of the end, this was a war that no one wanted to see. sad that this will bring iran and all the arab nations together against the the united states and the the un and all alliies. this is too scary.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Stacy

    Always great to see Reza Aslan. He knows his stuff.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, I hope you had a great Christmas! It has been a very busy one for me.

    Unfortunately, I think this conflict will go on for decades.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's hard to see how this will ever end. Hamas doesn't understand talk.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Deserae, Seattle WA

    PLEASE someone stand up for the Palestinians

    December 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @emma, i totally agree, there is no rationalization for this kind of violence. it just shows how insatiable the human appetite is for power.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Kris - Jacksonville FL

    What a heavy load that the President elect has to bear

    December 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Ken in NC

    Good even Anderson and welcome back. Hope you had a great holiday. Good evening Erica and all Bloggers. Lots of news tonight with Israel at war again. I am so sick and tired of war. I don’t care who is at war. I am tired of it. We gotta start talking and listening or this world is going to destroy itself. We need to listen more to A/C 360. The world would be a better place if everyone tuned in to the show.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    I agree with all of you..... that is so sad for us to hear going on war..... that is not good to hear....

    December 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  37. EJ (USA)

    Just what Obama needs. Another international conflict.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  38. jennifer

    scary stuff going on in the middle east.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    More devastating news...this has been a holiday of terrible news.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    HappyMonday,hope you enjoy your weekend! Sleepless in Germany.Nice you are back!!Terrible pictures from Gaza on both side. There is nowbody right or wrong,

    December 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Dulcie - Denver

    Finally – I've been waiting for your broadcast to shed some light on this horrible turn of events.

    I have a friend who's currently visiting Israel. I hope she's safe, or changed her plans at the last minute.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Desreae

    This is absolutely disgusting. To those who say the violence is coming from both sides, I say show me the evidence. This conflict is clearly one sided. Rockets versus bombs, United States support versus no support. The poor people in Gaza are absolutely left to die.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    not so good of an evening all. wish the news wasnt so grim. 😦

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    I hope everyone enjoyed their break. Erica Hill did a fantastic job filling in.

    You'd think that after thousands of years of war people would begin to realize that it doesn't do any good but to kill innocent civilians.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    Hellooo Anderson, and best bloggers!!!
    Happy Monday!!!! Welcome back Anderson......
    I was watching on news on CNN TV this afternoon..... there was so bad war in Gaza and Israel between foes in the war..... My hearts goes both countries.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Decades of conflict and no end in sight. What will it take before both sides say enough is enough and really mean it.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Emma

    Tracey, IMO, there's never a good explanation for any kind of violence.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  48. Stacy

    Hello all. Here we go again.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  49. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Anderson, Welcome Back! I trust you had a pleasant Christmas holiday?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  50. Tracey - Boston

    Anderson, help us understand all this violence

    December 29, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
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