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March 23rd, 2011
09:45 PM ET

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There a reports of new explosions in Tripoli.  We've covering the breaking news. Plus, new radiation concerns in Japan. And, workers returns to the damaged nuclear plant after being evacuated when smoke was spewing from reactor No. 3. We're also remembering actress Elizabeth Taylor.

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  1. Cindy. Wisconsin

    I also agree that Wissam Tarif is very brave and believes he need to get the truth out to the news media.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Catherine Berryhill of Easley S.C.

    These dictators are not going to comply with these protesters demands. They are dictators for goodness sakes! They are not going to release political prisoners.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  3. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Nina~ Gadhafi is definitely suffering from delusions. Hypomania?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Merl, Ohio

    @ Janis, I think that Gadhafi is a psycopathic killer. I thought through humanitarian aide, our hands are tied and Gadafi is not supposed to be a target.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  5. Kaytee

    @ Betty and Sharon Hastings
    I truly believe its all politics to them. Whatever the pres does, just support the opposite. They have been doing it since day one. But Speaker Boehner takes the cake. He is on camera saying we should do a no fly zone, and two weeks later he is saying we should not have gotten involved! Unbelievable.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Janis

    Keep a free internet for all protesters.

    Whe wall of fear may have gone up again in Tripoli without some sort of access to information. Fear can become unbareable unless you have someone else to share it with – fellow countrymen in Benghazi for example. Restore communications to western Libya.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Krasi, Houston

    MaryBeth, that's the problem with all these resolutions. There's no way to determine what exactly is going on and I think this is why the UN Security Council took so long to make a decision. The truth is that involvement based on resolutions is simply a gamble. One can make predictions, but in the end, who knows what will be the end result in Libya?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Libya never was a real country. The borders are an artificial construct. There is no national identity like egypt to build on. They are a collection of tribes.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Nina

    @BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX – yes Gadhafi does not want to loose his fortune. I feel so bad for him! yeah right. Greedy Gadhafi

    Qaddafi does not only want to lose his money, he does NOT want to lose his delusions of power as the "godfather" of Libya!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless this young man in Syria. He is brave and a credit to his country.
    I hope he finds what he is looking for.

    So many revolutions All Over the Mid-East & N. Africa.
    Each country unique with different needs, all crying to be free.
    May God help them all.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Chi

    @Ayke 10:27 Somalia is still without a central government now?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  12. Lamar

    Civil war has broken out across the Middle East like a wild fire. Those people are tired of living under the suppressive dictators. Saudi Arabia is next...

    March 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Nina

    @dave – want to know what libya will be like after ghadafi, anyone remember yugoslavia after tito
    Yes, It was a mess in Yugoslavia and we had to go in with ground troops because the no fly zone was not successful.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  14. Janis

    Krasi and Merl Humanitarian actions. Do you want Gadhafi to continue murdering innocents? His sons will do the same.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  15. steve

    I agree it would be better if the States stayed, but it can be done without them it may just take longer ,also pressure the Arab countries to suck it up too instead of sucking up to them.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Terry

    According to news reports, the Moslem Brotherhood is now the most likely winner of the upcoming election in Egypt. So the "democratic revolution" that people like Fouad Ajami promised us is about to be hijacked by non-democratic, religious parties unfriendly to the U.S., just like in Iran. When will we ever learn?!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  17. lilly

    Wissam Tarif is so brave to talk to Anderson to tell us what is going on in Syria.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Bill

    Am I the only one that thinks a person is no longer a civilian once they take up arms they are now combatants that was something Col Powel said during the Iraq thing

    March 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Nina

    @Starr – It is an uprising against a tyrant!

    However, with our involvement, it could end up a civil war. We have no way of determining the "ripple effect"

    March 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Steve Zorich

    Why aren't people tlking about the part of the resolution that says " to prevent the loss of civilian lives by any means necessary"? That would seem to green light attacks on ground troops.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  21. MaryBeth

    @Mike, so is a split Libya the answer? Let the east belong to the east and the west belong to the west?

    @Krasi, true, but then the UN resolution was enacted under false pretenses, yes?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Krasi, Houston

    Kaytee "I won't be offended and my feelings will not be hurt. I don't have this vision that we must be the police of the world."

    I won't be hurt either, but listening to many of the "experts" out there, it almost seems as if it will be shameful to not get involved in another military whatever. This is just not looking good.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Nina~ yes Gadhafi does not want to loose his fortune. I feel so bad for him! yeah right. Greedy Gadhafi

    March 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  24. Jean, Ohio

    Thanks for bringing General Clark to the conversation.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Niki

    This will create more radicals against the US and Europe

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Betty

    I don't understand why some people in congress are critizing our president for sending our ships and planes to Lybia. Before he did, they kept saying why is he waiting so long.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  27. Mary U

    WE are all Brothers & Sisters under the sun we should help one another..

    March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Nina

    @ Krasi, Houston – "People from Ivory Coast, Somali, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe are watching what is happening in Libya with interest. They have been suffering under different dictators and they have been slaughtered every day, yet no one talks about them, just because they are not rich in oil.

    That has been my question since our involvement in Libya. Darfur has experienced and still experiencing genocide. What about these people?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Sharon Hastings

    Once again a panel of "experts" with differing opinions about our efforts in Libya. It's been like this all day on TV news shows. I am thoroughly convinced that no matter what was done (go in, stay out of it) there would have been huge criticism from many sides. Almost certainly a truly no-win situation. Trying to be optimistic though, I am hoping fervently for a positive outcome. So many variables though that cannot be controlled.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    I'd hope the conflict in Libya would bring about a more positive outcome than Gadhafi returning to his position of leadership–especially after the sacrifices already made.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Krasi, Houston

    MaryBeth, every civil war has to start somewhere and a rebellion of one fraction against another is the perfect way sometimes.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Nina

    BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX
    @Starr I'll bet Gadhafi is shaking in his booties!

    Only because he is enraged!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  33. dave

    want to know what libya will be like after ghadafi, anyone remember yugoslavia after tito

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Nicole Netherlands

    Not Nato, is about not wanting it to be a "war"
    As far as I understand...
    Dutch government is now talking for two days with parliament about sending 6 F16 jets and one mine sweeper.. I believe they are now on their way, but tomorrow there will be more talk about what they can or may do..
    Has also to do with the NATO discussion

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Ayke

    At end of this war we will have a lot of civilians in Libya with guns and bombs in their hands, how can this be managed. A lot of very important issues are being neglected.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Look, the rulers of Libya before Gadhafi favored the tribes in the east. Gadhafi and the tribes in the west staged a coup and he took over. Now the tribes in the east want power back. Tribal civil war, not a great democratic struggle.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  37. Kaytee

    I'm with you MaryBeth. Let the French take charge, I won't be offended and my feelings will not be hurt. I don't have this vision that we must be the police of the world.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Catherine Berryhill of Easley S.C.

    You have also made Gadhafi angry. He was already angry, now, he is even angrier....He is so dangerous. We certainly need to get rid of him.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  39. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I agree, this is NOT a Civil War in Lybia.

    It is an uprising against a tyrant!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Patrick

    Paid foreign mercenaries? Are the allied troops not being paid are they volunteers? Are they not mercenaries also? Slaughter by name Slaughter by nature, frightening for a woman!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Phil

    So when do we send the military to support the civilians in Syria?

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Janis

    Thank god for that analysis (re civil war) Thank you.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Krasi, Houston

    Casey, Nina.. we are supposed to only get involved if our security is at stake but with all the politics going on, I am quite convinced no one knows exactly what's happening in Libya, who is fighting for what, and what are we all doing there.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  44. Lamar

    Lets be honest this war will not be won unless the US is there supporting the troops or in command..

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  45. Merl, Ohio

    @ Casey Jones, " we need to mind our own business unless our security is clearly at stake."

    Well spoken!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole – i remember that guy!

    I'm all for helping Lybia, however, we are out of money & can only use the Navy and Naval Air, maybe Air Force too.

    I really want to see the Arabs with big bucks pay for a lot of this mission and Europe too. We can not be All things to All people.
    Sometimes we need help too.

    Still, i support all action against Gadhafi and support for a true democracy.
    And, we are back to the French Arghhh

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  47. MaryBeth

    Exactly what Anderson said! If the French want to take charge, let them! We can help them, give them intelligence and advice, but let them take complete control!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  48. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Starr I'll bet Gadhafi is shaking in his booties!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  49. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @MaryBeth...I heard the same thing Mike referenced "tribes with flags," which makes you wonder WHAT and WHY are we involved if our involvement is not clearly a question of establishing a democracy? (Hint: OIL)

    March 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  50. wendi (canada)

    He's a sick monster along with his followers. My prayers are with the hopeful civilians. May "change" prevail!!

    March 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
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