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March 8th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Inside the Battle for a Libyan City: Join the Live Chat

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A dramatic day of developments in Libya, as poorly armed opposition forces try to hold on against attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.Tonight we bring you new video from inside the surrounded city of Zawiya.  Gadhafi doesn't want you to know what is happening there

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  1. Cessy - Chicago

    Charlie Sheen. a proof that crack IS whack.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes!!!!!!! I love number one Hawaii is best trip I had. Hawaii is so happy for me. 🙂

    March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    New York, New York... What A Wonderful Town!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Karen, MN

    Minnesota was number 6. But I agree I love NY!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  5. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hawaii ? I'm ready. Aloha !
    Alaska ? Happy ? I'm inPalin here !

    March 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Carolyn

    What a family... Yikes!!!!!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Nalini

    Whether its NATO or EU or US, who can guarantee no collateral damage?
    Who guarantees no errors by the troops in the attack helicopters? How do we know this will not be another Iraq or Afghanistan where last week 9 boys were "accidentally killed"? Prior to that 15 children were killed while getting firewood and others while studying under a tree.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    Slinging mud at Gadhafi's family is oh so familiar with doing the same with Saddams Sons before the order to execute them went out, without trial just hunt and kill them. US Diplomacy's lowest level and it just continues.
    Yemen soldiers shot 100 unarmed protesters with US weapons today, no calls for no-fly zone, sanctions, ICC crimes on the Yemen President?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Hillary Clinton had wanted Bill to intervene in Rwanda. If she were president now I wonder if she would be doing things differently in Libya.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Interesting brood Gadhafi has...

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Allen F Mackenzie

    Fouad Adjami is nothing less than inspirational. He is
    wise, articulate and bold! thank you CNN for keeping him on the air.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Cessy - Chicago

    Hannibal Gadhafi? that says it all.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Janis

    OMG another one. It does look like the Libyan mafia. Creepy, creepy.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Sandra

    Am I missing something? If a No Fly zone is imposed, would only US planes be involved? Would no other countries be involved in the mission?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    @lori – They can only do what they can... I agree with you, they do need some help... it absolutely is not a balanced fight in Libya.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I resent people asserting that we (the U.S.) are responsible for saving the world and if something goes wrong, or doesn't turnout the way they think is "morally" appropriate, it's automatically our fault. I want to reiterate Libertarians (generally) do NOT support the idea that the U.S. is the moral and financial gatekeeper of the world.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bloggers,
    I agree all of you, Secretary of State is so tired, she was trip over the world, she don't have time to sleep, yes, possibly she woke up so early morning.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Janis

    Moud (sp) is a scary looking guy.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Ahmed Almaghraw

    Good Evening Anderson, Isha and AC360 Team, how many more people have to be killed by this sociopath until the united state act? For the people who think it is a civil war I say it is not a civil war. Please do not calls them rebel .The Libyan people want to live free with dignity as well as building a country based on constitution and the rule of law.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Smith in Oregon

    Russia and China will both veto all UN Security Council resolutions to create a no-fly zone. Turkey will veto any NATO request of the same. Bombing Libya's hundreds of radar, anti-aircraft missile sites and air fields is an act of war. It is hypocritical to bomb Libya for trying to defend itself against heavily armed rebels.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  21. alyce

    Anderson, what would happen if NATO or the UN recognized (temporarily

    Anderson, what if the UN and/or NATO recognized the opposition counsel as the only legitimate authority in Libya, then dropped flyer's on Tripoli, telling people this, as well as the fact that Ghadafi's assets have been seized, and he and anyone who assists him, will be brought to justice for the crimes committed against the Libyian people....how fast would his mercenaries and military desert him then?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Emily

    @BettyAnn,
    "He's hijacked his own people."
    It really is sad to see that his sons followed in his foot-steps. They could have gotten away and did something productive. (or perhaps productive in Libya, however, I doubt it with their father in charge.) Seeing the lack of education for the Libyan people, it's really tragic.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  23. Russ

    Thank you for having Mr Ajami on ,he is very smart,also why can't the US take out Gadaffi in an air strike or a special ops operation,that will be great and make us so loved by the muslim population around the world.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  24. Tom McDonald

    Whether we should, or should not, take measures in Libya is not the only question...What about the cost of it?

    The U.S. is 13.5 Trillion in debt (probably more). We are going to go bankrupt being the World's "Police officer".

    March 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Patricia

    After listening to Dr. Ajami's analysis of the present situation in Libya, I have reluctantly come to the same conclusion. In the beginning, I was adamently against any American intervention, but the time of no return is right around the corner and if we don't help the rebels in Libya now . . . . we will regret it.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Paula, Colorado

    Fascinating discussion on American intervention and Libya.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Joan

    Ben Barber echoes my thoughts. We should assist the rebels without sending in troops. We can provide supplies, block communications, etc as he says. They want it to be their uprising and so do I.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, Ohio

    At first I thought Charlie Sheen might be pulling a "Joaquin Phoenix", but this has been going on too long and he isn't that good of an actor.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Smith in Oregon

    Leave Libya alone, America should not get involved in a Civil War, the ramifications are enormous. The rebels are fully using stolen battle tanks and heavy machine guns. Shame on America for telling Libya it cannot defend itself!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  30. Janis

    Charlie Sheen scares me – not kidding. I'm so sorry for his family. I hope they have the strength.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Betty

    I am all for a no-fly zone in Lybia. However, it should not envolve only the US. Until other countries commit to a joint effort, the US is right in not getting involved.
    I am also distrubed by comments made by people on the news critizing the Obama Administration.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Karen, MN

    So sad to see Charlie Sheen break down. But most of us know that addicts often have to hit rock bottom before they get help. I hope Charlie is able to turn his life around. He has beautiful children that need a Dad.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I think that a no fly zone should have been a decision made by the international community weeks ago. Everyone knows that Gadhafi is mentally unstable. How many more will have to die and be tortured by this madman? I don't think the people of Lybia want our military fighting for their freedom,,but they desperately need help now.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Krasi, Houston

    All the panelists made valid points. It is refreshing to hear that they actually examine events from the past and seem to have learned the lesson taught. Assistance should be provided, but it shouldn't be in the form of a military force.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Lori

    Charlie Sheen does not look good. I really hope that he will be okay. He needs to help himself, but watching him suffer and loose everything is so terrible.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Erika

    Something needs to be done to save the innocent people in Libya. But the US can not be point on this issue. Why is America expected to fix these issues? Let Britain or Italy take the lead on providing military services. They had closer relations to Libya.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Jere

    Who sold Libya the planes?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Emily

    Wow, that video clip of Sheen is like watching a deadly train wreck about to occur. Sad for his family to watch is decline in the public eye like that.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  39. Janis

    In being sensitive to the Libyan people we shouldn't be talking about oil.

    When all is done and they are ready, we'll want to continue to be customers of Libya.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Brent

    The no-fly zone is worthless against helicopters, tanks and ground troops. That's what is doing an overwhelming portion of the violence. So when the no-fly zone doesn't work the US will look weak and there will demands for escalation. It's easy to get into these situations. Its another animal entirely to get out. The US is still bogged down Iraq and Afghanistan lets not forget.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Barber makes some very good points re: US as the "leader". But a decision needs to be made really, really soon.

    I find that i agree with Prof. Ajami. Surely the Lybians have proved their movement is "authentic".

    Again i'm torn as to who should do what. Prof. Ajami makes some very good points about getting help to the Lybian revolution now.
    And, especially urging Pres. Obama taking the lead.
    The people have asked for a no-fly zone and supplies (food, water).
    Terrific panel discussion – leaves me a lot to think about.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Emily

    @Stephen Wilkerson
    "No its all about the OIL"
    Canada is the #1 Supplier of oil to America. Also, Venezuela supplies more than Libya. Libya supplies oil to some European Countries, etc.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  43. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Emily I can not believe we educated Gadhafi's sons and sent them back to torture and hold citizens of Libya captive. He's hijacked his own people.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  44. Russ

    America and NATO are obligated to impose a no-fly zone to stop the massacire in Libya,and if they do not they will look as if they are supporting the gaddafi regeam.Please if that guy is not gone he will kill hindreds of thousands and we will look so bad in the eys of the muslim world

    March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Devona

    The US should own this and step in because we the people all over the world see the story unfolding on TV, so the world would know why we interfered, for moral causes, and we are not the bad guys. Plus they are pleading for our help.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Kristie

    Why does the military in Lybia not just turn on Gadhafi? You know they know he is a murderer and liar. Why don't they take the chance while they have it, to take the dictator down?

    March 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Lori

    They can not win without help. It is not a balanced fight.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  48. Carolyn

    @Starr – Yes, you are so right when you say, "Somebody needs to act now!"... The situation in Libya is such a horrible mess.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Nalini

    I understand that this decision is crucial, but in levelling the playing field,
    and attempting to protect unarmed innocents by imposing a nofly zone people will still be killed...
    a bomb is a bomb!!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Nina

    Heather
    Well, he is definetly delusional and has the mixed speech pattern and I would not be surprised if he has the hallucinations considering the majority of interviews he has done in the past he is looking all over the place and not very often at the interviewer.

    Psychopaths can behave in that manner and have often taken the same psychotropic medications as those who have hallucinations. The main difference is the "rage" 'no conscious' acting out behaviors. People with schizophrenia do not like to be in the media and not embolden. People who suffer from Schizophrenia have always been given a 'bad rap' about their disorder.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
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