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. Ben

    Minellimu – Couldn't agree more. And that goes for ALL of the countries that need the world's support to create a government that is "for the people and by the people."

    February 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Kate

    Gadhafi will not be affected by whatever the United States says. Calling him an animal seems exactly correct. Corner an animal and see happens. He has no humanity in him.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    I think Gadhafi would try to hold on to power just because he doesn't know anything else.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Janis

    The Libyian citizens are smart, they have their wits instead of guns. They will figure out how to get rid of him. The protesters can use mass psychological warfare without firing a shot. Be patient and be strong Libya, you can do it.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  5. Andreh Baghdasarians

    Obama please help these people get rid of this animal whose mowing down his own people in the streets I have been to Iraq twice and we supposedly liberated the iraqi citizens if we did that in 2003 we are obligated to help the libyans liberate themselves. You could start by giving your strong opinion I know you are being held back but now is the time to show the world what America is all about and that we will stand by those who seek freedom muslim, christian, jewish etc.....please Mr. President don't just sit and watch....

    February 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  6. Mohamed, Ph.D.

    Urgent: We need a hot financial line through the State Department or the American Redcross.

    This is to send money, medicine, clothes, etc to the injured people in Libya.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  7. Shane

    As sad and sickened as this makes me, this fight is the Libyan peoples fight, militarily we can not intervene. As everyone has said, this is not Egypt, Nor is this Iraq or Afghanistan. Total chaos would ensue if we even hinted of sending forces into Libya. I feel it could turn into a world war.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  8. yedil

    As someone who was born and grew up in a dictatorship, I am appalled at the silence of the free world. It is about time UN, US & EU practice what they preach and stand with the democratic aspirations of people. The world should not drag its feet when innocent people that are asking for their rights get massacred only to give lip service and kick the can when it comes to commemorating the anniversary of their genocide.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Gloria Yonkers, NY

    @ lois..you are so right...@mark ellery true statement @ sandra i am praying sooo hard..May God be with them all

    February 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Mohamamd

    Please don't forgwt IRAN even Livya is realy HOT. And to be clear it is reminding me on 30 years ago when I was in street and ask Shah to leave. WE need to be carful with Islam and know what we are doing. I love evryone to have freedom but with Open Eys.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Dictators like Qaddafi never hide what they are, we just choose not to see it.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  12. minellimu

    No more weapons power. We all know the end results of that, violence begets violence. This is the era of people power, the era of peaceful revolutions.

    A call is going out to the world, to have a global protest for the people of Libya and against its current regime; and to demand the arrest of the lunatics in power.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  13. 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 as far as can remember the same statements were issued during the unrests in Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain,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 10:34 pm |
  14. Richard

    Anderson, as a person who has grown up in totalritarian, regime forgive my spelling, I personally believe, Pres. Obama should come our strongly against this "mad dog of africa" Let us not wait for another Rwanda. The media should put moe pressure on all the civilized world to control the airspace of Libya, The international community should not let this "SADDAM" THE SECOND. PLEASE PLEASE STOP THE MASACCRE, STOP THE GENOCIDE. LIKE ALL DICTATORS MUMMAR SHOULD GO.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Ahmed

    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 10:33 pm |
  16. lisal -canada

    who actually put some of the "conditions" in place with Colonel Qadafi – way back when – that libya operates under anyway – it sounds like he was told at one time that he could "do whatever he wants" – someone from his past needs to suggest very firmly to him that this type of behavior doesn't count (if only it were that simple)

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Emily

    The case of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber - what happened with his release was such a disaster.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  18. sid

    People are getting killed and that is sad, America needs to clean house and stop protecting all of these regimes for so many years now they want all of these dictators to leave, thats double standard.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  19. Mohamed, Ph.D.

    I am a Libyan living in the US for many years.

    There will be no civil war in Libya.

    The notion that an anti western government will form in Libya if Gaddafi leaves, is not true.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Maria Teresa

    I agree with the above comments, this Libyan Ambassador Suleyman is lying, his body language denounces him.
    He can not answer a question, he says freedom means different things in different places: what is his definition of freedom?
    If he stood for the "people" as he insists, why did he not stand up for them before now?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What is the US doing? It would appear nothing, just like Iran, Egypt, Yemen, etc.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Anderson, we are watching the unfolding events in Libya with grave concern. What do we know about the safety of the ex-pats living and working in Tripoli and area?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Amir

    I think the US and Nato should interfere and bomp him and all his residential palaces. It is a war crime and genocide beyond immagination. It is time for this crazy person to go.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Ahmad

    We are currently following your show, I have had contact to family members in Libya and the situation over there is more dire than being shown on TV. Please do not let what happened in Rwanda, happen to the Libya people.

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

    I don't know if we are able at this point to step in and try to make a decision for the future of Libya. We have previously stepped into multiple conflicts and have yet to resolve the conflicts, so to enter into another is asking to create a situation that we aren't ready for. We may be the big brother for many countries but are we miracle workers to stablize every chaotic situation that arise.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Nina

    Moammar Gadhafi and his son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi are both folie a’ deux to the infinite degree.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Abdul

    The Libyan Ambassador is merely Gaddhafi's secretary.

    The only way out is the assassination of that criminal maniac.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  28. steve gomes


    it is so ridiculous, how in the 21st century there are still countrys with dictating regimes, how the people want a change and the regime just comes out with the guns!!!

    please keep pushing foward, freedom is around the corner!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  29. Nina

    Gadhafi’s nefarious regime is willing to use jet fighters against innocent unarmed people. That is completely outrageous!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Hoda

    @ Lilarose in Oregon February 21st, 2011 10:17 pm ET
    I would like to see the western countries fly over Libya and destroy Gadahfi's planes and helicopters so he can't use them against his people. Why would that be hard to do????

    I heard from my brother, who is Tripoli right now that as of tomorrow, Feb 22, there is a no fly zone over Libya, all commercial flights have to cease by tomorrow, any country who wishes to get their people out need to finish up,,, I don't know if this is true or where this order came from...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  31. S tarr, formerly known as vincent

    At last the UN is going to get involved. However, i don't expect much as the UN has no real "teeth", or at least have not shown "teeth" for a long time.

    ALL of the Western allies Need to organize and make a plan economically and possibly with the military action!

    We, the world cannot just stand by and watch this massacre of innocent, unarmed protestors.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Carolyn

    Thank you Anderson, and everyone, for bringing more awareness to these horrible events in Libya and across the Middle East... God Bless all of the peace loving people!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Dave

    @Ghadaffi: Go out into Green Square with people! Rain or not and see how long you last! 1 minute and you will be dead Colonel Ghadaffi!!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Shafiq Rahman,
    Thanks for that information about the Libyan ambassador to Bangladesh resigning.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |

    By the way – these Ambassadors are the same people who sent out communications to Libyan students studying in their host countries telling them they had to choose between either joining Pro-Gaddafi rallies or forfeiting their financial aid from the Libyan government!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Seong (pronounced "song"), NY

    @Shafiq: Any background info on the resignation?

    I hope Mr. Ben Wedeman is safe...

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Shane

    I would like to know how the people here feel about a lot of the Libyan Foreign Ambassadors resigning in the last few days. Are they doing it because they know the regime is done for? Or did they really have a change in heart?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Is Ambassador Adjali for real? How exactly is he working to help the people of Libya?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  39. Razan Elharezi

    The Libyan Ambassador is the face of this regime, he is not for his people nor will he speak for his people. If believes the people of Libya are free its because he has been bought into saying it!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Darnell

    It is evident that the regime has been surprised by the domino effect that has effected the North African region, but unlike the recent occurances in Tunisia and Egypt the uprising in Libya will require intervention in order to obtain political stability as well as a fair and free election.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Tom

    The Libyan ambassador comes off as hedging his bets but I wonder if his position is influenced by having family in Libya who might suffer should the Lunatic of Libya somehow survive?

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Karen, MN

    Just when we thought it was bad it gets worse.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Vikee

    I bet anything, Qaddafi will go the way of Sadam, first in hiding then captured then hung. I FEEL for the Libyan people. The womyn who talked is very brave indeed!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Ben

    I am curious about the media's position on the accusations coming from the Middle East that foreign media are fueling the civilian uprisings. Two things about it:

    1) How can you, Anderson, and your colleages in the media possibly deny your very important contribution to the uprisings' increasing momentum? And...

    2) Why are you not responding to those accusations with "We certainly are! We support those brutalized people you hold beneath your boot! And we will not take the cams from their faces or the mics from their mouths until their voice are heard and heeded!"

    Love your show Anderson! Rock on!

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


    thats why i watch your program every night.. you tell the truth and make a difference in this world...no one should rule for over 42 years..

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  46. mike

    thank you, you have great so far,especially towards Egypt.Today i see the same heat that was coming out of you through the uprising in Egypt. Need more of that. Lybia needs the heat of a excellent reporter like you.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Emily

    That was a very, very eerie interview with the Libyan Ambassador. I don't know what to think of that! He clearly has been exposed to other societies and Knows that "not everyone tortures". Very creepy indeed.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Charles : Mesa, Az

    Seriously speaking,I feel Gadhafi fits the profile of a sociopath. To be able to kill unarmed innocent people, is an indication that he perceives people as though they are mere objects that he can do with as he pleases. It's also quite obvious that he suffers from delusions of grander; he thinks he's a prince or a king. This killing of innocents by this lunitic must be stopped.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Jennifer

    The best we can hope for is that this revolution be swift and that democracy soon follow. Hopefully freedom will soon come out of these terrible events.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Costa

    Hey Anderson

    You are changing the world!

    keep shining the light on coruption!

    keep up the good work!

    keep your head up!

    Costa, Montreal , Canada

    February 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
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