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February 24th, 2011
11:32 PM ET
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Anserson,
    It is horrible to see those killings but sadam husaain did the same in Iraq and George Bush and Tony Blair did the same killing thousand of innocent Iraqis. Didin't they?

    February 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Mabrouka Eshtawi

    Thank you for your efforts to convey the Message about the misary that we are living in, not now but from 42 years ago.
    please I want to ask: how can I send videos to the program?
    thank you.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  3. Carl Plastow

    Why can't our government do what us as American's would do, and rid Libya of this reckless and disgusting tyrant? No one deserves to go through what the Lybians are going through. This is BS its all about our governments interest, well I say put our interest aside and stop the unecessary killing that is happening.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  4. Karen

    Hola Anderson,

    I am currently living in Barcelona, Spain and absolutely appreciate all that you and your team are doing to cover these heartbreaking stories in Libya. I am moved by this courageous woman who is risking it all in order for the world to learn the truth. Please assure her that the world is listening and that her stories are discussed among families, friends and at my school. We support this brave woman on the phone and all the courageous men, women and the youth fighting for their rights. We wish for a better day for all of Libya.

    Gracias,

    Karen

    February 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Now that the Justice Minister says he has proof that Gaddafi personally ordered the bombing of Panam flight 103, shouldn't we be sending troops to Libya to capture him and bring him to Justice? This will be so much better than sanctions against libya, for which he really does not care about, why are we wasting time? It wont be long before he kills the entire 5 million population. After all we did get Noreiaga, didn't we! People are being killed by the minute and if we do not act fast the population of libya could well be reduced by more than half, surely we have jurisdiction to bring a killer of American people to justice.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  6. Bill Wagner

    Anderson, I would like to nominate the women from Tripoli you speak with every night on the phone as a CNN Hero. Every night she risks her life and the life of her family. In her voice we've heard her dignity, her joy, her fear, her grief, her anguish,and her pleadings for help from the outside World. Through her voice we hear all the Libyan people.

    You and CNN reporters on the ground and in neighboring countries give excellent reporting but this women puts a voice on humanity's desire to be free. She reminds us every night that freedom is a basic right which we (the free) sometimes take for granted. She reminds us that freedom comes at a price.
    One that she and the Libyan people are willing to pay to be free of a mad man and to live free with dignity.

    I applaud her courage and wish for her safety. And when this is over and people have prevailed, I hope that you will interview this women and put a face to this voice in the night.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  7. Roy Lujan

    Regarding "Libyan woman issues a cry in the night." Why was there no telephone delay between the woman and Mr. Anderson during the telephone inteview?

    February 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  8. Barb

    Anderson: Am mesmerized by the live telephone exchange with the woman in Libya. As I listen, I keep thinking: What's wrong with US?? This is not 1940; it's all here right before our eyes, captured by cellphone video. Now that the Americans have finally departed on the ferry, perhaps we can DO something meaningful?

    BTW, I am very glad to see Prof. Ajami on your show. In my opinion he was the best Arab scholar 25 years ago, and still is. We are lucky to have him over here.

    Keep up the good work. You're my favorite liberal!

    February 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  9. Maryanne

    Heart wrenching, I can't stop thinking about it. When are is the international community going to do something about this genocide?

    February 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  10. Mary Schacht

    After listening to Anderson Cooper's conversation with the Libyan woman; it seems that something needs to happen to help the Libyan people stranded in Tripoli now rather than later. Talk of sanctions, etc. are not going to help these people today or tomorrow. A "no fly" zone needs to be implemented immediately to stop the "soldiers" that Ghadaffi is flying in to kill his people. Isn't their some way for someone to assist the opposition in the fight for Tripoli.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  11. Aiida Ben Barka

    Anderson, thank you for caring about the Libyans.

    My parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors are there. They are all suffering just being prisoners in their own homes. No food, no medicine and no doctors. I am so scared for them.

    Please, please keep reporting, maybe Obama or Clinton or someone will have a heart before thousands more will be killed.

    Thank you Anderson, and may Allah continue to bless you.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  12. Colleen

    Heartbreaking. None of us can imagine the type of oppression they have lived with on a daily basis for their entire lives. I pray for them and hope they continue to have courage to fight and stand up for their freedom.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  13. Wayne

    To the lady on the call, we really do sympathize and support the Libyan people, but as a nation we are helpless as a people to assist you.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  14. Rebekka

    Its incredible to see how effected anderson cooper is by all this up rising in north africa. I walked into the room as the tv was on and saw the expresion on his face as he was listening to the lybian woman speak.
    Why isnt the un there, where is the us military? I am a little nobody & i have never trusted kadafi. I have never been able to even look at his face. Wake up people!

    February 25, 2011 at 4:20 am |
  15. Lisa Frahn

    I heard the young lady speaking in the night and realize that each one of us American women and other women around the world cannot individually step in and save her. We can reach out by responding and tell her that she is not alone in this dark place and that we send prayers of light. When our daughters cry in the night, we answer with love. We cannot promise answers, we cannot promise everything will be alright, but we can promise that we will be witness to what the Libyan struggles are during these times. Thank you Anderson for giving her a voice! A cry in the night is often given an answer in the morning, and that will be my prayer as I go to sleep tonight.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:02 am |
  16. robert

    Now this is the time The US needs to go in and help and stop worrying about their own financial interest human live is more important isn't it?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  17. wesley st.j

    I think the change that is happening across the Arabic region is a caused affect from your pass election when democratic finally work

    February 25, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  18. ms vonnia

    i am sad, sleepless, stressed,hurt,puzzled, about the situation overseas it is way too much for anyone to handle. the lady has been stuck in her house for over 5 days and nothing has been done to help her or the country.people have been killed for expressing their thoughts. PLEASE HELP THEM......america does have problems but nothing to that extreme. we have economic issues,job issues even homeless issues. so PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!!! HELP THE COUNTRY. As americans we always help so don't stop now we are a free country.other countries wish and desire to be like us regardless of what they say we are the free, the proud so pleas help them pkleas that is all i'm asking they need us right now not later. don't forget babies are dying, mothers, fathers, sons daughters, nieces, nephews,cousins, uncles, aunts, foster children..so don't talk about it be about it................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  19. Mia

    It is heartbreaking to listen to this woman's plea. When bad things happen to good people its a crime for the world to watch and not do anything about it.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:15 am |
  20. Sue B, Louisville Ky

    One of the most sincere and dignified individuals I have ever heard on television. What would our world look like If only our leaders would reflect her genuine character and courage? I pray our President was listening. How could anyone be fearful of a future populated by youth such as this?

    February 25, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  21. Libya Evacuations

    I am grateful CNN and you Mr Cooper are trying to give reports about and from Libya. We are watching because we fear for those caught in the terror.

    There is one correction though of your pronunciation of the town of Sebha. It is Sebha not Sabah. I have family that is from there.

    Again thank you so much for your reporting.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  22. Rob

    Chilling and powerful reporting from the brave unnamed woman in Tripoli. For days now she has boldly challenged Ghaddafi's armada of hired killers, armed with nothing but her words. I fear that she may become the Kitty Genovese of our time and that our leaders - Obama, Cameron, Berlusconi, Merkel, Sarkozy - will be the neighbors who watched the slow murder and listened to the screams and did nothing.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  23. Sergio

    The Bush Administration repeated "madman Saddam Hussein" ad nauseum, where are the right winger's outrage at this obvious lunatic?

    February 25, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  24. Sergio

    If we don't go help these people, go ahead and take the shores of tripoli out of our anthem–7 year Marine

    February 25, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  25. thelma Clark Santiago

    Listening to the message of the frantic woman
    to Anderson Cooper made me very scared !! Who are going to help these people?! they need help right now, they are being butchered, they are helpless
    they have NO protection!!!THIS IS GENOCIDE !!
    I am doing the only thing I can do TO PRAY !!
    What is our government doing at the moment?
    The other nations, are they turning their back
    to these human beings?
    HELP, HELP PLEASE!!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  26. MaryKaye Frazier

    Once you have played the woman's despair on your channel, please distribute it to every channel and every politician. Perhaps former President Clinton can speak to Obama about what it will be like if he sits back and watches another genocide like Rwanda.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  27. Michelle

    Hearing this women was so amazing and yet so tragic to hear what's going on in Libya. I'm only 20 years old, but this women has touched me for so many reasons. As I hear her, I just wish I could help her. I wish I could in any way assist her and assist Libya. It's heartbreaking to me that I can't do anything, and even more that she's right. Now I don't want to jump and say nations are doing nothing (it's not an easy situation) but it's so horrible to think that while I type this, this women is in fear, sad, and in hiding. That she has risked her life to even just say what she did. My heart isn't the only thing to go out to her: my soul will.
    I don't know if you Anderson will read this, or not but if it does come to you, please tell this women that there are people praying for her, and for Libya. That she has touched me (and hopefully many others) the same. I can't even begin to describe how sad I feel and how badly I wish I could swoop in and help them.
    But I will pray for her, and for Libya. This is just so heartbreaking.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  28. Lisa from Tampa

    I just want to say thanks for the continuous coverage about Libya. I know you've gotten complaints from people saying they are tired of hearing about it. Not Me. Though I can in no way really understand what these amazing people must be going through, I feel deeply for what they are experiencing and want them to know that people do care. I am only one small voice, but I do care and am hoping and praying for an end to the madness they are living through.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  29. Marcia -Olympia WA

    It is clear that we have sold our soul to the devil for oil.We need to wake up!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  30. Shay

    This just keeps snowballing. Now its Libya. Mr. President, can you do something to help save the people of Lybia and take out Ghadafi? Too many people are being killed for just wanting change. Remember, when we were trying to get you elected, your campaign slogan was CHANGE THAT WE CAN BELIEVE IN an YES WE CAN! You're the man, the most powerful man in the world. SAVE THESE PEOPLE. Only you can do it. Stand up and show the world that we care, that our president cares, and we're going to do whatever it takes to stop the killing and give these people a taste of what freedom really is,

    February 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  31. Shay

    This just keeps snowballing. Now its Libya. Dear Mr. President: Can you do something to help save the people of Lybia and take out Ghadafi? Too many people are being killed for just wanting change. Remember, when we were trying to get you elected, your campaign slogan was CHANGE THAT WE CAN BELIEVE IN an YES WE CAN! You're the man, the most powerful man in the world. SAVE THESE PEOPLE. Only you can do it. Stand up and show the world that we care, that our president cares, and we're going to do whatever it takes to stop the killing and give these people a taste of what freedom really is.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  32. Deanne

    I am appalled at the lack of response from Obama & our government & as usual the UN will talk this to death. Listening to the plea from this courageous woman who, even under such dire circumstances, remained clear, concise and so courteous, made me ashamed of how unwilling our government is to step up to the plate and practice what we preach. The Libyans deserve our support, at least humanitarian if nothing else. However, since we seem incapable of even getting out our own people (unlike all the other countries) I guess it just shows how incapable and naive this current government is in dealing with global crises. I cannot understand why we haven’t moved aircraft carriers into the area, as we have always done in the past during times of unrest. Here is our opportunity to do some good – shame on us and Europe, if we fail to help the Libyan people. My heart and prayers go out to this woman, her family and all the Libyans so bravely fighting for their freedom.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  33. David Matthews

    I listened to the Woman speak from Tripoli tonight and I can only say that I have not been so ashamed to be an American since I left Vietnam and arrived home. We sit on our thumbs and let these people die? Establish a no fly zone, send in some gunships and soldiers and encircle the city, inform the mercinaries that it is time to decide whether they want to leave or die. Clear out the ratsnest and turn it over to the Libians.
    Good Grief give me a gun and a ticket and I will go and give my own life for their cause. At least it would be worth giving my life for, unlike Vietnam.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  34. Lynne

    I continue to view CNN to follow the story of the inspirational woman hiding in her home in Tripoli. I admire her bravery and courage in spite of the killing and lunacy that surrounds her. I pray she remains strong because she is one of the few Libyan voices who touch the outside world. Thank you Anderson for your compassion to the suffering of the Libyans. I also truly admire Fouad Ajami and his political analysis. Please continue to keep us informed!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  35. max

    As a former Marine I would like to tell this young lady that her courage has not fallen on deaf ears. The American people are with her in our thoughts and prayers and Marines everywhere blood boils as we watch this madman still rampaging! Remember " From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli" We would all join this brave young lady in her struggle if possible "Semper Fi"

    February 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  36. Droto

    Doesn't the refusal of Libyian officials to allow the US to land planes, tell you something about how much they hate us...? All the other countries are allowed in. What's going on...?

    February 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  37. Barbars

    Agree with your tweet about Fouad. He is amazing and I always learn something. Please have him on often!

    February 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm |