March 3rd, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Terror & Lies in Libya: Join the Live Chat

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The U.S. military has now joined efforts to evacuate refugees from the overcrowded border with Tunisia.
But Moammar Gadhafi is hanging on, using the same weapons he has for the last four decades: Terror and lies. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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  1. Jim

    Does anyone have a good estimate of how many functioning fighter aircraft Libya has and maybe more importantly, how many airforce crews are actually loyal to Quadaffi? According to Wikipedia, there may be as few as 40 total jets, and not all of those in good condition.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Walad benghazi

    I don’t know how many hallucinatory drugs Gadhafi's had taken during the 42 years?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  3. fathi

    There is no way that Gaddafi will remain a leader of Libya. He killed too many people. If not now, he will go later.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Krasi

    @Kaytee: Cessy – Chicago
    should we, the U.S. really meddle in Libya?


    I concur.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Foaud Anjani is right and excellent point!!!! I agree with his.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    this must be just horrible for the people who work in the hospitals

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Chi

    Regarding the concept of "invading country", it is subjective and delusional to name it that way at the moment. No country wants to come in and possess and oppress Libya people and land. It is now one Libyan man possessing and oppressing the land and the people of Libya. Is there such a concept like "self-invade"? There is "self-destruction" already. Invade or not is after the war is done, who stays, who leaves,who do what to the people. Everyone has their own home to come back to.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Krasi

    @Emily, the problem is that outside help will not stop the killing and might even intensify it. There is no perfect resolution to such a conflict.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Sonny Daze

    InSha'Allah will blanket the innocent in the East, arm those standing on guard, and may all seal their fate for every minute of the day is judgment day for ourselves.

    What baffles my mind is Russia and China are relutant to engage in a No Fly Zone in Libya but correct me if I'm wrong but don't they get a large part of their oil from Libya. You think they'd have a vested interest in protecting it because these rebels as the world can see, they have nothing to loose and the oil wells well what good is it to the people if the people can't enjoy some of the wealth ... just a thought and a Question that's been bugging me ... Stay Safe– ... Peace

    March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  10. Nalini

    Good evening Anderson, CNN Crew, everyone,
    I seriously think there should no 'no fly zone', because the world is not ready for another US intervention in Arab countries...no more Iraqs,
    elusive deadly searches, collateral damage of human life, in the search for 1 man. There are enough wars in the Mid East and Africa right now.
    The Arab leaders need to take a position and go to the assistance of their people. It's their fight!

    March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Mike Murphy

    Fuad Ajami is dead on! Give that man a big hug for me!

    March 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Kaytee

    Cessy – Chicago
    should we, the U.S. really meddle in Libya?


    March 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Beth

    The people of Libya need help. They are living in a dictatorship. Its so easy to forget how lucky we are. When I'm watching this show all I can think is that my problems are petty compaired to what these people are going through.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Emily

    what are your thoughts on a no fly zone??
    ...do we doubt the Libyan people's ability to be able to claim their own freedom?"
    I don't doubt that the Libyan people want their freedom, as much as the people in Tunisian & Egypt did. However, seeing this crazy dictator open fire and Kill people for peacefully protesting...How can the world not these people in someway? All that blood that's shed in the streets shouldn't be ignored. (in my opinion)

    March 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  15. Sandra

    Go Mr. Ajami! this is the most empassioned I've seen you to date. I support his sentiment. Really sad & frustrating situation.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  16. Bob

    Gadahfi's people seem to laugh at him like the emperor with no clothes.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  17. Jackie

    I think that we should help the people in Libya but I would like to know where are all the other countries in the world. England,France,Italy,Germany. They too also have a big stake in this situation as well.

    We should be proud of our country in trying to help and speak out. Why does it seem that is is always our young men risking their lives.

    These other countries should be ashamed of themselves. Are they all wimps?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  18. Nicole Netherlands

    I do hope the people of Libya do not feel alone!

    There should be more humanitarian aid, starting on the borders.
    The Tunisian people can't handle the number of refugees, and they are trying to (!)

    March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  19. Ben, Denver

    Fantastic analysis Prof. fouad Ajami

    March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  20. Charles : Mesa , Az

    I say arm the opposition, and put the libyan militery defectors in charge of strategy and tactics.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Nina

    Nicole Netherlands
    Nina, no they came from a Marine vessel, one the many sitting in front of the coast of Libya.


    March 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  22. fathi

    Wow. Professor Ajami is superbly eloquent.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Krasi

    No one should be arming anybody. That's what starts the conflicts to begin with. Where did Kaddafi get his his military arsenal?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Janis

    Don't let the planes get close to Libya's airspace. If UN backs these actions for humanitarian purposes – is that an act of war?

    Every day this is analyzed and wondered about by the US and the UN – hundreds of people die.
    That's shameful.

    They don't want arms – all they asked for was an even playing field...this is crazy, help them. Why the feet dragging all of a sudden?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Nina


    During Reagan's time, Libya was not fractured.
    Qaddafi could easily use America’s military action and rally all his people saying that the US now wants to take over our country.... as they took over Iraq and Afghanistan. That will Unite numerous Libyans...

    March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Emily

    I hope that the Dutch Marines will be released/rescued soon, safely.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Abdulraheem

    what are your thoughts on a no fly zone??
    My opinion is.. The Tunisians and Egyptians greatest feeling was knowing completely without a doubt that freedom was attained through their efforts alone...that no credit had to be given to any outside force. With that in mind, after seeing the will power of the people of those countries, do we doubt the Libyan people's ability to be able to claim their own freedom? It certainly seems that the people have absolutely nothing to lose, with that type of mentality encompassing the people, then no matter what may be thrown, dropped, or shot at them will never deter them in their quest to ultimately grab what is rightfully theirs without outside help.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Nicole Netherlands

    @Nina, no they came from a Marine vessel, one the many sitting in front of the coast of Libya.
    The English did it before, but this went wrong.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Even with all the evidence, Gates, Mullen & Clinton are not even convinced that Gaddafi is bombing civilians.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Raymond Levy

    We don't need to bomb AA weapons for a no fly zone. Destroyers can shoot down enemy planes from hundreds of miles away and they are no more than 5 miles off shore. Shoot down a couple bombers and they will lose the will to fly.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree our president Obama!!!!!! He is right!

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Krasi

    "A few good options" is an understatement. In a situation like this, there is never a good option. Innocent people will die whether the US is involved or not. The worst part is that with the end of the conflict, the suffering does not end. This is when foreign aid will really make a difference.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Paula, Colorado

    I hope the people in Libya will not have to live in fear much longer.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Carolyn

    A city of fear, so very sad... Prayers to everyone in Tripoli, and all of Libya.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  35. Kate

    Ancient Greek Tragedies used comic relief – the vile stupidity of Gadhafi, his son and spokesmen is not offering any comic relief to this tragedy. He is a dangerous, sick, and without any humanity. I can not imagine the terror and suffering the Libyan people are submersed in. I hope they realize that so many of us care and wish desperately to see them have a free and safe country. To have opportunities and all children to react their potential. Their cause is noble and the rewards worth these days of pain and fear. They are heroes, their suffer will bring such wonderful changes for all their country.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  36. Emily

    I really don't understand why Obama has been so silent here. Nearly the entire world is speaking up now...why had he not embraced this?
    BTW, does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  37. Janis

    I think the definition of a no-fly zone by the military is different than what the libyan freedom fighters want.

    I hear keep flights of merceneries from landing in Tripoli. Just keep them from landing – no shooting down, no bombing airports. Just do what you have to turn them away or not let them take off.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Nina

    Were the captured Dutch apart of the UN?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Vincent Blas

    There's not much that's worst than Ghadafi.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Nancy


    the majority of the people just want him out not that many people are on the edge. Those that are is just because they are scared. I don't want military intervention I just want to bomb Gaddafi like Reagan did, it put him in his place last time and it needs to be done now

    March 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  41. Emily

    "People of Libya is been struggling don't listen to their lies!!!"
    Really sad that you were terrorized by your government, and it's really tragic that it happened when you were just a child. How the world & the leaders were able to just ignore Qaddafi and allow him to stay in power is really mind-boggling.
    I don't think that many believe the lies that are coming out of Libya. It's great that so many are speaking publicly. I don't know how Anderson keeps all the lies straight each night. There seems to be a new one each night.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  42. jay

    I hope the people of Libya take down this goofball dictator.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Yussef

    That crazy driving into oncoming traffic with kids in the back is normal in Libya. I've been there many times, it's the way people drive. Unfortunately reporters with no previous experience in Libya due to the journalist restrictions wouldn't realize that though.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Nina

    My concern is that Libya’s humanitarian crisis could quickly escalate into a tragic catastrophe.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Krasi

    What's true is true. Once people have realized that they have been oppressed for so many years but they can actually live a different life, it is only a matter of a time before they achieve this. Many will lose their lives, unfortunately, but military aid from the outside is not going to change that.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Chi

    @Gloria 10:06 Very funny 😀 Gadhafi seems to be too good at delusion.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thank you for info from Marie C and Nic Robertson........ Keep safe and keep going work. 😉

    March 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Cessy - Chicago

    should we, the U.S. really meddle in Libya?

    March 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Nicole Netherlands, "Big news here today is that three Dutch members of a marine helicopter crew, are being held hostage in Libya since sunday."

    I heard that the civilians were released. I hope the soldiers will be released soon as well.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Nissrine

    I have been addicted to AC360 since the revolution in Egypt, Anderson is doing a great job reporting on these situations.

    March 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
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