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.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Emily

    Good night Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Gloria, Starr, Nina, Nalini YUma & Bloggers.
    Wonderful show & blog.
    Have a great weekend everyone!
    Stay safe in Libya, Ben.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Nigth everyone
    Great show, interesting guests, lot of information. Great blog !
    Have a good weekend.
    Give the people of Libya their =no fly zone= !

    February 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Nissrine

    Again Anderson thanks for your wonderful coverage on Libya, and exposing the truth.I look forward to watching your show everyday.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes! Charlie Sheen is so jerk!!!!!! I agree with you!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike...Where's Biden in all of this (I wonder)?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Nina

    Good Night Anderson and everyone
    Have a wonderful weekend

    Thank you Pref. Ajami for your knowledge and information you present to this show

    All Libyans except for Qaddafi will be in my thoughts, heart and prayers! I have so much respect for all the Libyan people! Stay strong!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Lori

    Good night everyone! Have a good weekend.

    Good night Anderson.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    Peace to Libya... Peace to the Middle East... Peace to the world... Good Night, Anderson Cooper, AC 360° Team, and Everyone!!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Karen, MN

    I use to support Charlie Sheen, but he is out of control. Sad!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Kenya

    @Ahmed in Tripoli

    Peace and well wishes to you and all the people of Libya! We are paying attention and hoping for the best for you.
    Stay safe and positive everyone.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  11. Cessy - Chicago

    wow!!!! Anderson! keeping it honest!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Janis

    Charlie Sheen's brain – see the skillet, see the egg. Remember that commercial.

    Good night, everyone.

    Stay strong good citizens of Libya.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Jo Ann, it's sad to see a day where France is leading the way instead of the US. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Lori

    He is supposed to be sober right now.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Emily

    Charlie Sheen seems to be the new Mel Gibson!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Nicole Netherlands

    @ Jo Ann "Sarkozy" Paris is one of the places, Mubarak and Kadaffi have a lot of real estate. (!)

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, David G, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie,) Lori, (Adelaide,) BettyAnn, Starr, Heather, Sharon, Karin, Dulcie, Sree, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Karyn, Indiana, Jana, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you on Monday night,
    Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Thanks for coming in to join us tonight!

    Have a great/good night and sleep at home. Great weekend! See you on Monday night!!! Just a plenty sleep and rest at home!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, everyone. Thank you all for caring.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    Wesley Clark said that France was against the No-Fly zone. Not sure if you caught that when Anderson asked him.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Giovanni Gallo

    The entire Middle East is on fire thanks to the internet. It was only a matter of time for the people of the Middle East to say we have had enough. Middle Easterners living in the west along with the instant communication of the internet have opened the gates of freedom and Democracy forever. The entire region will never be the same.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  21. cicly

    after reading your book new years' weekend, i'm sure, anderson your mind keeps coming back to the young lady on the phone fron libya, that is if your thoughts have left her at all, out of concern for her safety.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  22. Shirley Heppner

    I've been trying to find the right words but I can't. The U.S. does not stand alone in this. Canada has made it clear that they are partners in this with the U.S. And more importantly, Libyans are not alone. Just wish we could do more.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Casey, it's not bad advice, it's a lack of leadership experience. Judgement without experience is like bullets without a gun.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  24. Nalini

    Isn't that the world over? Disappointing and way too depressing.
    Thank you Anderson,and crew.Goodnight all.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  25. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Starr, when you step back and hear that from a fresh perspective, it can be shocking. I have felt that assassination would be productive and would save lives, but it's alarming to hear that spoken (by a news person or a talking head).

    February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  26. Chi

    How difficult is it to have a no fly zone? Hope Libyans stay safe. God bless them.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  27. Nicole Netherlands

    @ Melissa, great suggestion about the books

    February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  28. Ben. Denver

    Libyans not afraid to die, they afraid to lose Libya again. Thank you for your coverage

    February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  29. Jacqueline, NY

    @ Emily

    When you really think about it, the "issue" really is not ours to own.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    It's difficult to watch, but your coverage from Libya has been excellent. I hope the anxious situation changes for the better soon.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Uma, in Liverpool, UK, "Good for Sarkozy, for speaking up and saying Gadhafi needs to go."

    Sarkozy is also the one leading the call for a no-fly zone. It seems France has taken a larger leadership role than the U.S.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  32. Nancy in Oregon

    David Marcus, 'never again' are famous last words, I'm afraid. The world is full of repeated situations.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  33. Marija Barisin

    No it Libya doesn't have any resemblance to Iraq. Libya has not other armed forces – we have people protesting for freedom here! If NATO managed to kill or capture Milosevic back in 1999 the conflicts would have stopped. Gadhafi is the cause of this, take the cause away and things settle down!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Uma, in Liverpool, UK
    "Nobody has tried to deal with him."
    It's really sad, isn't it?
    Now, when the people of Libya have had enough, the world (leaders) are practical mute! It really is disgusting.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  35. Ben. Denver

    @AC world needs to take Gaddafi out, not just for the benefit of the Libyans but for the world.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  36. Cheryl

    Why are we not discussing freezing all his $$$ assets worldwide – or at least where we can – like in America – assuming he has some here as well as other counties?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  37. Rusty

    The Libyabs do not want our military help.What they need is for us to set up a place for them to escape to for them that want to leave.Set up medical,food and humanitarian necessities to assist them through this. The people of Libya are taking a stand and will be they who free them. I for one am happy to see this from the people.We need to stop weapons going to the military. We need to let those who are not Libyans know that they will be held accountable for their actions against the people on the governments part.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  38. Cindy. Wisconsin

    Thanks Ben Weddman for your reporting ......stay safe. Keep up the good work.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  39. Nalini

    To Ralph, What countries will accept? There are many despots in Africa
    and they've all been supported by Quaddafi, Liberia, Taylor.
    He is not the last and certainly not on the continent.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  40. Carolyn

    What is Gadhafi's End-Game... this is so scary, and such a mess, but we are now aware of this siuation, so we need to help the people in Libya, and the Middle East, as best we can.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  41. Uma, in Liverpool, UK

    What I am seeing, is an even MORE psychotic version of Pol Pot.

    This is the second great genocide of this century (after Darfur). What happened to the War Criminal leader of the Sudan? Nothing.

    No, there is no shame. There is no responsibility.

    If the United States, UK, and EU sit this out, too, we are beyond amoral. We are complicit.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  42. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, for me too Starr. I think I tend to see that the truly ill people, like this man, really just need to 'gone back to God'.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  43. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike..."It seems that the US is incapable of reacting to the chaos in the Mideast. Statements of concern don't hack it. Sanctions are meaningless. We've abandoned our leadership role."

    I'd like to be in the room to see who is advising what and why.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  44. Cessy - Chicago

    This is another ONE fascinating night, Anderson.

    we need to be more aware of what's going on in the world not just within the U.S.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  45. Karla Robson

    I believe President Obama is doing it right. American cannot afford to be blamed if they get too involved-as much as they may want to help. Democratic countries must let the people over-throw their government. This is a new day allowing people to achieve their own peace and then helping them to grow is wonderful.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  46. Melissa Kimberly

    Would love the people of Libya to know that the United States citizens DO CARE about the people of Libya. (a citizen from Tripoli made a statement all we care about is oil- NOT TRUE.)

    Also, would like a list of current books to read about the Mideast region and Gadhafi.

    Anderson, when you have a guest on your show, can you list their books on your website. Great Job Anderson- Thank you for all your intelligent interviews, exposing the truth, and passion for the truth!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  47. Chi


    As an emerging world power, what is China doing about these crisis in the middle East? It seems we are always concerned about what the American admistration is doing about problems around the world, and sometimes we forget the need to carry the world with us. What are the Europeans doing? What is China doing? Lets ask people these questions

    Thank you,

    February 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  48. Ahlem

    Yes shame quit us Professor Ajami. As an Arab Tunisian I am extremely proud.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  49. David Marcus

    Are we going to see a repeat of what happened in Uganda? I thought the world said this would never be allowed again!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  50. Lori

    I am suprised that Gadahafi has not already been to international criminal court.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
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