February 25th, 2011
09:50 PM ET

Gunmen Rule Tripoli's Streets: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight in Tripoli, Libya families are once again hiding in their homes as gunmen rule the streets. And the dictator Moammar Gadhafi and his sons continue to oversee the killing of unarmed protesters, and continue to lie about what they are doing. We'll take you inside the uprising with new video and new insight from our panel of experts. You'll hear from Gadhafi's former translator. He fled Libya after taking part in a failed plot to overthrow the Libyan leader in the late 1970s.

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  1. Nina

    Cut off all communications, close the airport and everything else to stop evacuations is a terrorists strategy!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  2. Cessy - Chicago

    after Malta, are the Americans going to be flown back to the U.S. ?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Janis – it seems contradictory to me, that such a self centered man would choose suicide. But, you may be right re: your commentary.

    @Nancy & Emily – i emailed the Pres. last night and emailed and called the State Dept. today to urge more action beyond "sanctions".

    I respect that the Libian's want to "earn" their own liberty, however, i believe there are ways we could assist them without taking away their "win" over Gadhafi.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  4. bob mckee

    why are we so suprised that it came down to kadafi killing his own people, he has been on the united states "WATCH" list since the early 80's.... when he was dubbed whaky kadafi.... and our own government supported his regime because the oil interests benefitted us.... blind eyes were turned until humanitarian concerns (that had nothing to do with oil) came to pass....and NOW we care..... shame on us.......

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Russell Stephens

    It seems a lot of comparisons are being made between Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi. There is one big difference between the two, Gaddafi is much more mentally unstable that Hussein. He's proved that over the years. In the words of jon Stewart, "He's a special kind of crazy". Keep up the great job Anderson!!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Mary

    Please do not let them think we don't care, or only care about the oil.
    I care deeply and am praying for the freedom and safety of those in Libya and throughout the Middle East.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  7. Nancy in Oregon

    I can understand that....the desire to do it themselves. Not just for a prideful reason, but maybe even for a more practical reason down the road too: so they don't 'owe' someone else loyalty for having saved them. Just as much exploitation could result in that scenario–'we saved you, now you owe us.'

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  8. david

    maybe he will draw a line in the sand that might get the presidents attention

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Tim

    Give the opposition laser pointers and supply them with a steady stream of cruise missiles. They can "earn it" by themselves, fine, but we can certainly make it easier for them.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  10. Raymond, Canada

    With the calls for America to intervene I think it would be wise for America to sit this one out and let the Europeans handle it for once. They're a lot closer, and you'd think the dozen plus other nations of NATO could scrape together enough military means to take care of such a small area as Libya...

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  11. Ahmed Almaghraw

    Anderson, Thank you for being the voice of the people who have no voice.Gadhafi is doomed. The monster is absolutely ruthless. I hope the west will side with the people and not turn blind eyes to his crime. I think it affects us directly. It is great chance for us to gain the heart and the soul of of the Libyan people. If we do not side with them they will turn to someone else.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Gabriel

    I'm not surprised if it spreads even more. It's a chain reaction. First it's the Arab region but it will spread.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  13. George McGinn

    Hello – Have you heard back from the woman who has been calling in during the past 5 days ????

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  14. Maulik Mahant

    I don't understand why it's so hard to get a no-fly zone. Libyans don't want weapons or military help but something as simple as a no-fly zone which will make this "civil war" a fair fight. No fly zone will not necessary mean that the west is taking sides but simply enforcing human right so that people don't get massacred by fighter planes and chopper-gunners.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Janis

    Gadhafi has probably already told his "loyal" hangers-on where he wants to be buried in his beloved desert. Desecration of his own land again. Since they are mercenaries, they will probably sell him out to the highest bidder after he's gone.

    He's in his Bunker.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  16. john

    Anderson, you are our hero! you and all those amazing men and women who went on the front lines to tell the truth, and try to liberate those who are suffering. God bless you all.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Does Professor Ajami think that Qaddafi will win this war?

    I don't think so..... Gadhafi will not win at all..........

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Bob

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. The United States has to realize that we need to intervene immediately. This is like Hitler in /germany and invading Poland. We need to realize that mass killings of people can't take place anymore in this world.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  19. Nick

    Thank you so much, Anderson, and the 360 crew for frank and compelling coverage of Libya, Egypt and the entire Middle Eastern situation.

    It's must-see TV.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  20. ralph

    what countries would accept quaddafi and his family?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Charles : Mesa, Az

    The United States of America must bypass the long careful discussion and debate of deliberation that occurs in the security council. We have to put aside our concern of how we are viewed by the international community. There are human beings; familys being killed in cold blood by a sociopathic, possibly psychopathic man that thinks he is some sort of God king, his sons included who appear to have inherited their fathers delusional mind set. To go to libya to save lives of innocent people will not be viewed like our blunder in Iraq, this is a whole other animal. President Obama, please, no more educated articulate speechs about americas disaproval of Gadhafis unacceptable behavior. President Obama, you need to get angry and take action. The european union need to become involved as well.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Chris Clark

    If Qaddafi is so crazy, then it seems he is just a figurehead of his entire regime. Why do we not hear about Qaddafi's real cronies? I suppose it might be because we don't really know who they are and how they interact within his regime.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Laney

    It's very sad what is happening in Libya. And what is worse is that UN doesn't intervene..

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Nina

    My concern is that Qaddafi will take as many people down before he dies. I do not see him leaving Libya.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Siby

    Great Job AC and team. Prof. Ajami makes lot of sense. Glad to include people with knowledge of the region in the discussions and debates. We as Americans should support the Libyan people and do everything possible to bring this criminal gaddafi to justice..

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Emily

    "Do you think you might return to Egypt in the near future"
    I hope that he stays in New York! (and continues to cover what is happening in Egypt, and area from the CNN Studio)

    February 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Jacqueline, NY

    Good evening All!

    Long time no see. It's been a while for me. However, I have been keeping with the crazy. And it seems the crazy is spreading. I hope it's not contagious. What a world!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  28. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Casey Jones, I can well imagine that anytime one group holds the key to the larder that holds things that everyone wants, you have just exactly this potential nightmare on your hands. Whether it's oil or some other commodity, the holder is suddenly a little Caesar.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Carolyn

    Change is urgently needed... I am Canadian and I care, and so many people around the world care... Prayers to the people in Libya and the Middle East!!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  30. Lynn

    I will not mind how much a gallon of gas costs! Small price to pay to bring freedom for people under the heal of oppression.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I like the way we all spell "Gadhafi" differently...I find it fitting. I'd hate giving any indication that there might be some level of respect for him or his sons.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Sandara

    Rwanda did not have WMDs. Gaddafi does.
    Get rid of the gas quickly please.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Nina


    It seems that the US has evacuated as many Americans as they could find from Libya. I wonder how many Americans were unable to get either to the airport or the Ferry?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Patricia

    Should be very interesting to hear from the translator.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Emily

    Does Professor Ajami think that Qaddafi will win this war?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Allan

    Anderson. Do you think you might return to Egypt in the near future to see how the revolt has done there? Great shows.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  37. cicly

    hey guys; do you think it possible the international community will actually do something in a timely manner for these innocent people?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Although i appreciate the UN enacting "sanctions" to save the money for the Lybian people, i feel much more aggressive action is required.

    At the very least a no-fly zone, and perhaps more action before he kills millions.

    @Anderson would you please tell Prof. Ajami just how much we appreciate his analysis & frank commentary. But mostly for his nightly education to us all.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Nicole...now you are getting at the root of our modern-day problems and the reason for "leaders" like Gadhafi to exist. You can boil most of the modern middle east, and related worldwide unrest, down to one word...OIL.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Cindy. Wisconsin

    Is it a little to late to freeze Gadhafi 's money?? Not sure if these sanctions will work to bring him down.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Nina

    Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA
    Shame on Moammar Gadhafi!!!!!!! You will be sanction right now!

    Even China is imposing sanctions on Qaddafi and they receive oil from Libya!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Janis

    @Starr – re:suicide I think he is such a controlling violent man, that he would take his own life before he would let anyone else control him or his family.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    Is it a better route to help the opposition, give them weapons, intelligence, etc.?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Nalini

    There's one brave citizen who really does not want another US invasion.
    Also, can he not use tanks and destroy them anyway? I heard a British expert say today that in a civil war,quite imminent, that troops are not "allowed"...it's between the civilians, like Rwanda and elsewhere. Makes no sense to me.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Amjad

    We must stop this mad, sick, animal

    February 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Carolyn

    Anderson... Gadhafi's crazy regime has to end... right now... the deaths of the people in Tripoli and elsewhere are so very sad and sickening.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  47. Nina

    Where is the CIA? I would like to see them take out Qaddafi and end this pandemonium.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Sandara

    Doubt sanctions will do anything to mustard gas that is already there.
    What about a fuel air explosive on site?
    Will that burn up the gas?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Karen, MN..."Some experts believe a disproportionate number of pathological narcissists are at work in the most influential reaches of society such as medicine, finance and politics."

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  50. Bernita

    How can the world continue to look on when a mad man and his gangsters are killing the citizens of Libya? It is not only about the oil. It is a matter of humanitarian rescue. My prayers are with the people of Libya.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
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