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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. Mohamed

    Thank you Anderson for your report on Libya! If you speak to another gov.'t spokesman from Libya, please ask him if my family in Suk El Juma will be able to come out and protest peacefully in Green Square without anyone firing at them like last Friday. My friend was shot and can't go to the hospital because the regime will take him away to remove the evidence. All the suburbs are wanting to come out and protest, but cannot, out of fear.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  2. fathi

    Professor Ajami and Mr. Wedeman so humanely passionate and principled in their explanations. I am enlighted.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Janis

    That's answers my earlier question.

    As long as the US or UN has that definition of him, then there's a big problem.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Ann

    @Ms. N. Mohamed:

    Please do not worry. We do not believe this man. He is no more believable than Saif or the others. It is just a matter of time. We know it is all crazy, and the truth is finally coming out. Soon the 42 years will be tomorrow. And Friday is coming... 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Margot

    i'm loving dissident guy. very smart and well spoken. i'm learning a lot from him about the people's culture of Libya. i think we should recognize the provisional government and begin dialog with someone in Libya who is SANE.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  6. Nalini

    @ Emily, hi, thank you, but no actually I don't, because I fear that if we are not careful, we can create another Iraq or Rwanda, Sierra Leone and so many nations that are in turmoil for decades.Libya has nothing in common with the revolution in Egypt. This is genocide, and its extremely depressing, particularly since the world's most powerful leadershave to accept responsibility for past actions.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Maha,
    I don't that they are cousin....... Now I know are relavties together..... Thanks.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Joe the Syrian

    I say United States should not help at all and be more isolationist. Let some other country step up rather than United States and Britain every time.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Sue from Syracuse

    Oh, wait, dont toss at SOS!! All that the State Dept is saying is that an alternate legitimate government has yet to be formed that can be formally recognized.
    Yes, I agree with Jill. Gadhafi is being call the legal leader according to international law, but does not mean legitimate.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Brian Palen

    Anderson had this guy on the ropes and clearly this mouth for the goverment doesnt know how to deal with reality.This guy reminds me of Saddams information guy when he said there was no SAmericans in Bagdad and they were down the street.Dictators and there proaganda machines are all alike

    March 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Ben, Denver

    Thanks Ben W. please keep on telling the truth to the world. Anderson you are doing a great job for Libyans.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    Be safe Ben Wederman, just watching the video of what you experienced today is quite scary... the situation in Libya is just crazy, and so very tragic... Prayers To Everyone!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Chi

    @Starr 10:10 Must agree with you. Hope they stay safe there.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  14. jana

    So scary... that govt official has been drinking the Gadaffi Kool Aid. Keep 'em honest AC!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  15. giana como

    Libya has the highest per capita income in Africa..higher than Egypt....
    you should see the potholes and education sytem in NY dude..
    NOW we want to investigate Lockerbie-what an insult to thefamilies of the victims...

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Sue from Syracuse

    Yeah, an oil rich country that is 30-years behind starting with education, freedom, .. to standard of living.
    We thought Mosni Mubarak was up there in riches. We just might find another wealthiest man in Libya yet.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  17. PINAR HASAN

    Thank you for being the only American anchor to cover the mid-east revolutions. Thank you for calling out Mubarak's lies "LIES". Thank you for not giving into White House pressure to keep the coverage politically correct. Please call out all of Kadafi's lies.
    If you had chosen to tune off Egypt when all the other networks did, The Egyptians would not have had their freedom. if there were more reporters with your honesty, courage, sympathy for all humans, there would fewer dictators. If there was a heaven you deserve to be first in line. Thank for having muslim analyst to present the muslim perspective.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Sandra

    @Emily, yes & the regime's "quixotic regime." Wordsmith Ben in the field!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Mus

    Ghaddaffi has to speak to media every day or he will lose the people around him. If Ghaddaffi doesn't show up for three days people will think he died or fled. To stop him just hit him with few bombs to his compound will and wait for people around him turn against him.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  20. Ayat

    Please tell the world that Gaddafi's propaganda has no sway on the Libyan people's desire to break free from his regime and thus should not affect the world's unwavering support for their fight for freedom. Gaddafi and his supporters' lies should be silenced indefinitely as he has silenced the Libyans for decades.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Emily

    What was it like in Libya before 1969?
    What was it like from 1951-69 when it was under control of the Kingdom of Libya and finally gained Independence from both Italy & France for good?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  22. calvin

    That was an epic few minutes there, with Musa trying to defend the regime. I love your interviewing style Anderson, but I do wish you would've let him speak a bit more without interruption, because the flow is difficult enough to maintain with the slight satellite / digital delay. Don't get me wrong, we all know that guy is trying to spin stuff – so why not just let him dig his own grave deeper with his stories...

    keep up the good work, i've been addicted to your show for the past month.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  23. John

    How much loss of life is required before the rest of the world would act? 6,500 Libyan lives potentially lost but no action. Isn't that Already higher than 9/11 and we had 2 wars as a result?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Libyan regime faces tough questions, but they can not answer those tough questions.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Janis

    Yes, they want to see the Grand Canyon I bet and I want to see the stars at midnight in the Sahara desert. What a sight to behold!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  26. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @Meagan Dresslar,,,,I agree with you. It was all lies coming out of this Musas mouth.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  27. Esma Mneina

    It's unfortunate to see such propoganda given a platform. We need to stop these lies, including those spread by libyans with a skewed and carefully prepared "insight". Libya has been and continues to be a hub for human rights violations. This is our oppurtunity to stand for what's right.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Libby

    We all know Qadaffi is a liar and a terrorist ..but how does the U.s come into play here ..because it looks as though the US ..wants to capitolize @this time ..blood oil..blood ..oil?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  29. Jamal

    Anderson,
    I just heard the Libyan spokesman interview and the guy was absurd,... what a liar.
    I am from Tripoli and I know that we have no good schools and literally no hospitals. when Libyans get sick they go to neighboring countries to get treated.
    In brief the country needs a change and these guys should the world part of their scrutinized regime that is full full of lies.

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

    I think the Libyan government spokesman and his boss are on drugs, not the Libyan people. I think they have been watching too many SCI FY movies.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    They dont want our troops and god bless them what they want is our support which means weapons to win and food to feed there people what they want is a means to win .

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Lori

    It does not look like a very nice place to be from the footage and pictures we see.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Elmer

    42 year in government creates followers that are reaping the benefits, such is the case of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez....my question is why we just not supporting the people?
    We are living changes, do we have a plan or position...
    A good speech will not help this time
    this is the heart of democracy...revolution by the people...when the people decide to end with dictatorships....

    March 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Ben is right, it is very "Alice and Wonderlandish" and Gaddafi is the Mad Hatter.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Paula, Colorado

    Excellent interview with the Libyan spokesman, Anderson. The spokesman seems to be rationalizing the violence much more than trying to reasonably deal with the uprising, though.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Kristie

    LIES, LIES, LIES!!! Anderson needs to show that clip of Gadhafi accusing U.S. of giving Lybians hallucinogen's.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Patricia

    @ Lee. I agree with you wholeheartedly !

    @Rada Mohammed. Thanks for the info. This is what Gadhafi has always done. . .wiggle, twist and turn, only now he is tied up in a knot and is grabbing at straws to stay afloat

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  38. Meredith from NY

    Of course Musa was lying but what choice does he have? If he doesn't do what he's told then he & his family could be a casualty as well.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  39. Emily

    That's a great way to phrase it! "Alice in Wonderland". That was perfect, Ben.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  40. giana como

    you guys are dragging out all these losers who brought about the Iraq war...
    wolfowitz, ajami...who's next> Donald Rumsfeld?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Irving

    All this never would have happened if Ronald Reagan would have taken care of business decades ago. Wake up people to the real global game of oil and dancing with dictators and madmen decade after decade. What are we going to do now send troops ?? Never gonna happen because we have put ourselves in a box !

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Calvin

    Do you really think for a moment if we had an uprising against our own gov. They would not put us under martial law???? an what would happen if we did not follow the rules of martial we would be shot try to take over a arms depot an see what happens ..

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Mrs.N.Mohamed

    Hi every one
    OMG please tell me Mr.AC that you do not belive him
    im Libyan women,. I know for sure and i think every body should know by now that this goverment is bunch brutal, killer biggest terroist ever. they killed thousands of people before, only in Abousleem prison 1200, now almost 2000. kidnapping has been going on since this turmoil started for people who spoke to the media and god knows if they are still alive.
    please keep great job until we get our country back.
    by the way the job we never heared of before goverment spokesman he just invit it. NO AL-QAIDA IN LIBYA WE ALL KNOW.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Yousra

    Hello Anderson,

    I'm Libyan and grew up in Libya but currently live in NY. I have to tell you that we appreciate your focus on our country and your ability to expose the absurd lies this regime has attempted to spread. This talk of pills and al-qaeda is absolute ludacris. I was very pleased with the way you handled this Musa Ibrahim individual. It is evident that he was chosen by the government to come on your show because the government presumed he could present a more polished image. I am relieved you were able to see through it and poke holes in his ridiculous statements.

    Thank you!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Kevin

    Ajami -" lies were astounding". No kidding! Anderson kept the fire burning... Way to go AC!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Carolyn

    Anderson... what was that government spokesperson talking about anyway... I'm sorry, but I'm very confused... what a mess... yes, this man is slick and sick, indeed!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Rada Mohamed
    Thanks for update from your hometown. 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Brian Palen

    This killing has gotta stop and to hell with missions that our only in our "vital intrests".Innocent people need our help and the world just sits by like in Dafur,Rawanda nd other places because they are afraid to do the right thing.What a world we live in.This guy has to go and there needs to be a new precident in that failed institution called the U N

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Angela

    More blatant lies by Gaddafi and his fellow thugs. Mr. Ibrahim speaks relatively good English, but the lies are absolutely "shameless". This is horrific. My thoughts and prayers are with the Libyan people.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Sue from Syracuse

    Musa Ibrahim underestimate American intelligence if he thinks he can get on AC360 and throw out chaff at all but his dictator boss. Slick, but no sale!!
    Mr.Ibrahim, Try calling for democracy and creating a government of, for and by the people with real election! Then, may be we will listen to you.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
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