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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. Nevine

    Again, thank you Anderson Cooper for staying on top of those despotic rulers of Arabia. Gadhafi is like Mubarak, like Assad, and like all those butchers ruling Arabia from the Atlantic to the Arabian Sea and are oppressing and killing their people. For the first time I wish the free world would interfere and rid us of the lunatic Gadhafi. Trust me, no one will miss him.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Jana, Chi, Karyn, Lilly, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    That's so silly I like ridiculist Charlie Sheen, LOL! So funny Anderson, Thanks Anderson!!!!

    Anderson,
    Have a great/good night, Tight sleep & rest,
    See you tomorrow night!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  3. John Wilson

    Enough about the pills, we get it. It really does not matter, it most likely was based on some small truth. Please report accurately; you keep saying bombing citizens, you need to say armed rebels, for or against them, they are still classified rebels until they win. It is misleading an part of the problem with our media. The spokesperson for Liberia had a very good point about what you report. In fact I would like to hear more a about what Gaddifa had to say for 2-1/2 hours. We really need to be concerned about Al-Qaida dominating the area, we all know they are all over Africa as it is. Tough choices ahead, but let’s get all the facts first.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Gloria, Starr, Nina, Nalini, & Bloggers.
    Ben & Nic, stay safe in Libya!
    Great show & blog as always.
    Have a great night & day tomorrow, everyone.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Paula, Colorado

    Fascinating and compelling reports on Libya tonight. I'm still hoping the situation will be resolved without prolonged violence.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  6. Dorothy-Texas

    The Arab League has said they dont want us involved.
    Our President has put Gadhafi in the corner.
    We have done much already to pressure him into stop killing his own people. But he doesn't seem to care.
    The International Community has condemned this
    also.
    We have two ships close to Libya now.
    The American people do not like to see innocent people killed.
    But we don't want to go in without more support from other countries.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    What we should do is send in seal teams or special united nations teams to infiltrate and commandere there air bases and check points .

    March 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Joe

    They're getting desperate. Terrified of what's in store for them. 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Akram

    And as i mentioned before at least 121 people were reported dead the same way as this man's brother in Tripoli alone yesterday .

    March 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Carolyn

    God Bless this man, his story is so very upsetting... he lost his brother in a terrible way... Prayers To His Family!! Prayers To Libya!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Our hearts goes out to him........ He is so scary of his life........ Be careful for Anderson and me.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  12. john-patrick

    Anderson,I've heard,he lets come mercenaries
    from over the world,who will the Arab World hold responsable for this ???
    I'm really afraid ,that if nobody stopps him ,he will may be trying to put the whole world against another !!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Priya

    The Gadafi regime spokesperson made it very clear today that Gadafi himself knows nothing what is really going on. It is the people under Gadafi's name, such as the spokesperson, who are cleaning up Gadafi's messes and controlling the situation.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Emily

    Stealing their oil wealth and now stealing their lives...SO Very tragic very sad. 🙁
    That was a great interview, Anderson.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Drew

    As the casualties of innocent people mount the World body of governments continue to mull on what to do. I formally challenge all World Governments to make a stand no matter what the cost and in one unified voice make a statement this type of insanity has no place in our world.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  16. George

    @Saleh it is not worth to be involved

    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Margot

    i'm practically in tears listening to the male caller. dear lord, when is Libya's insanity going to end?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Karen, MN

    So sorry to hear his brother was killed.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Nina

    Hopefully we can send humanitarian assistance to the Tunisian border

    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Sue from Syracuse

    We need an International Tribunal to prosecute 'leaders' = cruel dictators.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  21. mohamed

    just watched your interview with the libyan spokesman, everything he was saying are lies ,lies ,and lies. He will be judged when the regime falls.Education, health care, none existance( most libyan go to Tunisia or Jordan for their madical needs), please keep pressing the point,and by the way i am sick of hearing the media calling gaddaffi a leader, he is nothing but a killer.all we want is a freedom.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    absolutely chilling

    March 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ Mrs. N. Mohamed

    I do not believe anything Gadafi & his regime says.
    Do not worry (if possible), i believe a large amount of Americans do Not believe him either.

    God bless you.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  24. george hamilton

    Why is the goverment saying they have no prove about the bombing in libya when we have satallite which can see laser beans at airplanes and no profe about bombing in libya. they are lying

    March 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  25. Saleh

    I hope the Libyan regime faces an end like Saddam's. I am sure all the Arabs don't mined the involvment of the U.S at this stage, at least this time.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Mariam

    Hi Mr. Cooper. I just saw your interview with Musa Ibraham and I have to say you are a great interviewer. You don't let people get away with the comments they make as easily as many (too many) other reporters do. Great job.

    In regards to Ghadafi and his sons, they (as all dictators) live within a bubble where what they want and say is the law so they take it for granted that the outrageous things they say will accepted by people who hear it. That they have no proof is unimportant (to them) and they eventually believe their own lies and delusions.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Akemi

    Anderson,
    Didn't Gadhafi a support terrorist acts in the 70's? Hasn't he been linked to terrorist's cells like Baader Meinhof and IRA?

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

    There is so much courage everywhere from people in Libya – please UN, don't let them down. It's not up to US it's the United Nations that needs to help these people.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    We sell this dictator short South America should get a little attention Chevez is a good friend Gadhafi is a puppet of his sons .

    March 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Amena Shermadou

    Anderson Cooper, that was the GREATEST interview of all time!!!! I have never laughed so much and cannot believe how much a single person can lie in one interview!!! Thank you so much for exposing the lies of the corrupt libyan government (although it has been pretty obvious)! You are a hero to all Libyans! Thank you for all the awesome coverage of events in my country!! You rock!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @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?"

    Everyone but Joe Biden. Unfortunately, I think oil is the reason we ignored Gaddafi's human rights abuses for so long.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Jalal

    Anderson, you should be commended for your patience and for asking the questions I wish more reporters would ask when they confront this regime as it continues to insult the whole world's intelligence and slaughter its own people to protect its shrinking powerbase and stolen wealth.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  33. Emily

    @Nalini,
    Would something that the World Leaders could do make you feel more optimistic?
    I (we) keep hearing that the Libyan people want to do this "alone"; that they don't want any help from anyone. That seems like a lose-lose situation. (Do you think that could change?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Sue,
    Thanks!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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

    This should be the peoples' revolution as it was in the other mideast countries except they are terrified yes of the consequences should they fail, and from the get go, Saif al Islam did threaten them from day one.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Sue from Syracuse

    Yes, I was very pleased to see Ben, safe and (seems to be) well.
    AC360 has become intense! I keep holding my breath lately watching your show, Anderson!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Ayla

    Anderson,
    Incredible show. The caliber of your journalists, guests and reporting is your (and their)legacy that will be talked about for decades to come. I've come back from internet news sources to CNN and will stay a fan as long as you report like this. Many of my friends have also switched to CNN for their daily news.
    In solidarity with Tunisia, Egypt, Libya (especially the 6000 or so who've lost their lives), Bahrain, Yemen and all the rest who have to fight for freedom.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  38. Patricia

    @ Rada, OMG ! I suspect we will be hearing a lot of such horrible stories in the months to come.
    @Maha, wow, we should have figued that out. One happy Mafia willing to do and say whatever it takes to hold on to power.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  39. Carolyn

    @Mrs.N.Mohamed – I believe you... peace be with you, and please be careful!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Nina

    Ben is a very courageous person by being in Libya in order to bring us current and accurate information. Stay safe

    March 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  41. George

    United States should just stop helping other countries and be more isolationist. We always help them and then get blamed. Why doesn't another country step up rather than United states every time

    March 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Mike D

    I wonder if Americans are willing to pay $200 per barrel to ensure impoverished peoples in oil rich nations have adequate food, water, electricity and access to energy? This goes to the heart of the what many call "the oil curse" – oil rich nations where the residents do not share in the wealth.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Rada Mohammed

    I will not be surprised if Gadhafi has gotten "confessions" of drug ues, etc.

    What concerns me now is that Gadhafi et al, have found the lie of "terrorism" which over time I fear, may be thought true. If the Arab League & Europe & the US do not "assist" in some manner Gadhafi could "take back" Lybia.

    Again, Prof. Ajami educates us re: terrorists.
    And, i believe he is right about a "politcal" decision.
    Terrific panel.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Nalini

    Great to see Ben safe, the journalists risk their lives each day to bring truth to the world.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Be Safe, CNN Crews!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    What Gadhafi is maybe an old man that is grabbing for strings but how good is his grip ?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Janis

    If I thought the rest of the world still considers Gahdafi in charge, I wouldn't come out of my house and protest either. Come on US and UN, get tough. How much more do you need to know about this murderer to deny him?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Karen, MN

    Oil seems like blood money on the USA hands. We need to get off our addiction to oil. We could make a stand if we weren't so dependent on oil.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Jean

    Great job on the interview with Ibrahim! What a crock....think Ghadafi isnn't the only related to Charlie!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Sue from Syracuse

    We in Syracuse absolutely detest the Libyan regime. Ever sincere Lockerbee, the pain in brandished in our memories. Libya's dictator who was the proven instigator has gone scottfree for all the pain he has caused.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
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