March 2nd, 2011
09:42 PM ET

Inside the Fight for Libya: Join the Live Chat

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A day of battles in Libya. Government forces tried to retake a strategic oil rich city. The opposition held onto the city. We'll talk with CNN's Ben Wedeman who escaped one battle with opposition forces after bombs fell from Libyan Air Force jets.  We'll also hear from CNN's Nic Robertson who was at a rambling two-and-half speech by Moammar Gadhafi. And, Anderson will speak with a Libyan government spokesman to see how the regime's message matches up against the facts.

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  1. Janis

    while watching the news today, I can see were there is a huge communication gap between the beseiged Tripolians requests for a no-fly zone and the US militaries definition of what a no-fly zone is. It's really bad.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  2. Nuwan Sam

    Seems like Gadhafi is shifting his tactics. He is smelling his fall now, he try to appeal to the West with the Al Quaida card now. The answere from the govt. spokeman clearly indicate that shift as he try to deflect most of the Anderson's questions to stress on the terrorist factor to make fear in the West.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Aileen

    Anderson, this man is lying his argument is contradicting. At one point he state that Alquida is behind this uprising and at the same time, he is saying that the uprising is opening doors for Alquida. He is lying. He was paid by Ghadafi, who realize that the people is not giving in and is therefore seeking sympathy from America, because his back is now against the wall. I do hope America will not fall for all the lies he told the world.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Stephen

    Why can't one of the Arab neighbors take out Libya's air force?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Ben, Denver

    Believe me Anderson, those people talking like Ibrahim have made Libyans more determined to liberate Libya

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Mona

    The Lybian spokesman has no soul. Killing their own brothers and sisters for the sake and in the name of what? This young man who is obviously well educated should face to the brutality, his current leader and his family, are using against their own. God help the Lybians.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Maha from Libya

    Anderson, the guy from Libya in your program today, his full name is Musa Ibrahim Ghadafi!!!! he is Ghadafi cousin & is known for his LIES LIES LIES

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Justin

    You had him in the corner Anderson, well done we need the truth and he just made it evident that there is instability in their government.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Amy

    The man speaking for the Libyan goverment Musa Ibrahim saying he has evidence is lying! the dozens of people he says they have and that they are responsible, they kidnapped them and are forcing them to admit and sign whatever Gadafi wants! everyday people are being kiddnapped and they are threatened and forced to sign that they take drugs, that they are sent by Aqaida! he will use them! thats what i have been told by my family and friends in Libya.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Nina

    Entering Libya reminds us of when we entered Vietnam to help the French and they withdrew living us holding the hot potato.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  11. Annie

    Anderson, that was a great interview. You rock! I don't think I could have kept as straight a face as you during the interview. I am an Auditor, and I am pretty good at it when people are faking it, but you, your an expert! Annie

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Nissrine

    What a liar Mousa Ibrahim is, the whole Qaddafi regime are taking Hallucination pills.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  13. James D. Barclay

    The Libyan Leader is a madman. Our only dissappointment is the West's failure to lend the people of Libya a helping hand.

    This man needs to be taken down, we have the people to do it, they need help and it is no-fly zone.


    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Emily

    Hi Nalini! Good to see you again. Do you have hope for the future for Libya?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It is hard to believe the West has allowed Gaddafi to get away with this kind of stuff for 41 years.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Donna

    Anderson – how did you manage to keep a straight face while listening to the Libyan spokesperson??? What a joke he was!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Christopher Hassett

    Funny how the spokesman says they are not "experts on drugs." If they're not experts, how do they know they are hallicinatory pills?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  18. Heather

    What I got from what Musa, the spokesman said, is that he doesn't really have a clue. He was confused and throwing out any talking points that he could find. No coherent argument or rebuttal. So I could tell he was frustrated, because what could he say? He knows he was spewing lies...but he was doing his job for the Libyan government. His life is probably on the line.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  19. Rada Mohamed

    Also, many eyewitnesses have told me that the injured are taken from hospitals to undisclosed sites. One of the injured was heard telling the security man 'hey, I am not dead, don't take me away!' to which the answer was 'don't worry, you will be soon'. My friend that works in a tripoli hospital tells me that he tried to hide a bullet injury in a lady by placing a cast over her leg, but the security man (or militia or whatever they call themselves) recognized her and she was also, taken away.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  20. shrie

    I can't believe this man everything he say contridicts its self, he seems to have an excuse foe everyything that was asked...its sad that the us has to go into another country to keep peace while we sufer with the lose of soilders,savillions and our ecomony being effected

    March 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I dont think that Gadhafi would share his hallucinatory pills with the protesters. He needs to hold on to his drugs,, because him and his croonies are going to need them with all the charges he will hopefully be dealing with in the near future.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Dan from Chicago, IL

    I know we cannot take unilateral action against Libya, but why can't we send a dozen or so stealth bombers through their skies and scare the hell out of him and if he would take some offensive action against them then we use them to take out their defensive aerial systems then bomb the hell out of the palace. then most likely the rest of his army would defect and no mercenaries would get paid. Then the rebels would be able to walk right in Tripoli.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    All of that and not once did he mention the "wild, wild west" scene in Libya

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Hamdi M Zaatut,
    Do you think that Musa Ibrahim really believes what he was telling Anderson? He didn't have to go on National TV and say those words for the Qaddafi Regime!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  25. fathi

    I think Anderson, destroyed the Gaddafi rep.(He may defect tomorrow!!!)

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes!!!!! I agree with you...... Ludicrous is right word!!!!!!! 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  27. Joyce

    This Ibraheim is redefining "politician," going round and round, but never touching the subject. Do I hear Despirate.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  28. Nalini

    The need to move forward??Where have they been for 42 years?
    So are millions of people lying? This is absurd, nonsense over and over.
    So the armed rebellion is made up whom? Al Qaeda, drugged youth on hallucinatory pills and terrorists?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  29. sam

    This guy thinks we stupid to believe that Libya is a great country! Gaddafi has used libya like his own kitchen, he is the chef and his kids are the waiters! and their family are the customers! what country is that!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Starr, formerly known as vincent, "I agree that would be an excellent idea! And, if you missed my post ot you last night, LOved the remark about Charlie Sheen."

    I really hope Ben does write a book. I think Charlie and Moammar are smoking the same stuff.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  31. Sonny Daze

    G'Day Anderson and all, Hope your day is well ... My thought on the Gov Spokesman for Libya and Gadaffi and Sons, they are blaming Al Quada for giving drugs to all the people in North Africa waging war against the government, when it obviously is not anything to do with Al Quada you would think would probably upset the Al Quada network for spreading false propaganda ... Great broadcasting and news as always - Keep em honest ...

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Akram

    What education and healthcare is he talking about !! there is no healthcare I used to be a doctor in Libya , we have no healthcare !! education how come all the ministers in Libya send their sons and daughters to study in private school in Europe and the United States ?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Elizabeth

    Anderson....ask him about the Lockerbie bombing ? Gadhafi accepted responsibility for that.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  34. fathi

    If gaddafi has gave the power to the people in 1977, why is he (and he alone+ his sons) still speaking/controlling Libya?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Lori

    I do not understand how there could be two such divergent views of what is going on in that country?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  36. salem

    for 42 years and clear threat to kill in all speeches and interviews . control of power and no freedom for 42 years .
    and now they are repeating the same old story of Alqaeda and bin laden.same as mubark and ali of yamen.

    the world is more smarter than now I think.
    all the world must support the revolt in Libya and all the Arab world who is looking for FREEDOM

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  37. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless you Anderson, you really tried to get that "minister" to answer direct questions, however, he apparently believes Gadhafi's story.

    "The story is much much bigger" – yeah, lies tend to do that, get much, much bigger.

    And, Anderson, you must stop reporting the "sensational" stories. Even though Gadafi is on film and tape "ranting" about pills, terrorits, whatever comes into his mind.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Karen, MN

    Who does he think he is selling crazy to.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  39. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This guy is just laughable.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Tinu

    Thanks to Gadaffi's son going to LSE to study, few people have withdrawn their application from the university.


    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Kenya

    Anderson's expressions say it all.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Dave

    Agree with Nina. This guy provides no substance. It is a waste of quality airtime.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  43. john-patrick

    Hello Anderson,don't you believe that he knows exactly what he's doing,while we are thinking that he's mad !!!I think that he had time enough with Tunisia and Agypte to think about a plan if the same happened to him !!
    I've heard in an interview with him,during a meeting in Fance ,that he knew every details of the French Revolution !!!
    He is much more intelligent that we would like him to be !!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Sue from Syracuse

    Musa Ibrahim is quite cleverly pointing to a lot of other red herrings and is really doing a great job of throwing out chaff... all intended to obfuscate the real issue... which is that their self-appointed 'leader' (no longer wanted by his people) has caused and continues to cause bloodshed within the country.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Lee

    I think out of the many choices the U.S. may have in the situation going on in libya the best choice is to stay out of it. If we don't want to get blamed on again, we should stay out of what is going on in libya. the middle east already hates the U.S. as it is so any further involvement will make the U.S. look bad.It has been proven that when ever the the U.S. has gotten involved in mid. east situations, it has only been for its own benefits.So it is in our benefit if we stay out of this situation.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Hamdi M Zaatut

    Hi Anderson, You see from his face that he is under high stress from his master (Gaddafi). He is afraid to say the wrong word.


    March 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  47. Emily

    Anderson, could you not play a clip of Qaddafi or his son talking about the 'hallucinatory pills'?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  48. libby

    Anderson is incredibly patient.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Kevin

    The smurk on his face bares all thruth!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Kristie

    The govt. spokesman is just a pawn of Gadhafi. He is just telling the same lies that Gadhafi has been saying.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
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