March 29th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Time to arm the Libyan opposition?: Join the Live Chat

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/liveblogfinal.copy.jpg]

Tonight on AC360°, as the Libyan opposition loses ground against pro-Gadhafi forces, we take a look at a vexing question for the Obama administration: Should it supply weapons to the Libyans trying to put an end to Gadhafi’s decades in power? Plus, an update on the troubled nuclear reactors in Japan.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Have a wonderful and peaceful Wednesday everyone! 🙂

    March 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Tracy...at this point, yes. With the potential to become a disaster.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! "Stay safe in Libya!"

    March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Henry

    The contaminated water from Japan nuclear plant is not that far from the Pacific Ocean.

    Can the world stop this contaminated water from poisoning the Pacific Ocean?

    Is the contaminated water 100000 times higher than normal? Even it is diluted 1/? times will it comes to North America?

    Also is that Ocean tide can bring the contaminated water back to Japan too?

    Can the Japan workers can the best equipment they deserved?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Jennifer - Michigan

    Good night – sleep tight...

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. lisal -canada

    the situation on the ground in libya will be interesting to watch

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Sharon Hastings

    Good night everyone. Great conversation. Where does the time go????

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Nina

    Good Night Anderson, and everyone else
    Have a wonderful evening

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Janis

    Good night everyone.

    Congratulations to AC360 for being number one. I always knew that...just took time for others to catch up. LOL

    Stay strong good citizens of Libya.
    Stay strong Eman al-Obeidi
    Stay strong Japan.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you & good night Anderson & Team 360. Yet another diversified show.

    Good night fellow writers.
    I wish All a safe & peaceful day tomorrow.

    May the young people in Syria prevail and establish the democratic gov. they seem to want to badly.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Good night and thank you everyone. Dream of peace. Tomorrow is another day. xo

    March 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Brian...that simply isn't going to happen.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Tracy Brown - Canada

    @ Casey. Do you believe the situation in California is any less dangerous than Japan?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Nicole Netherlands

    OMG, these workers are on a suicide mission..
    And don't even get realfood !!
    Not good protection?!
    This is not not not acceptable, NOT NOT

    Wish I good do something for them.
    Again Anderson and Sanjay for putting this out..

    Good night everyone

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Arthur S

    In my option if going to fight against the Nazis to stop Hitler had been left up to Obama many more innocent people would have been slaughtered waiting for him to make up his mind. Obama's slow response to doing everything we can do to stop innocent people from unnecessarily dying in Libya is a sign of weakness that our enemies will take advantage of.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Carolyn

    Anderson Cooper, AC360° Team, & CNN Reporters, thanks again for bringing us the truth, every single night... Good Night, Everyone!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Rachel A

    i am a libyan born jew, left libya around 1962, we were all refugees, left country empty handed.
    choice was either to give up everything and leave, or stay and get killed. anderson you are doing wonderful things by reporting all that is going on in libya, and all sounds so much of how libya used to be when my family and i left that very beautiful country. never been able to go back. "God" bless u anderson, keep on reporting on all the facts to show the world of how primitive their ways are in dealing with people who are not on their side.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Brian Diamond

    the President needs to know who the Opposition is before you give them arms

    March 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  19. Janis

    If there is a potential for an explosive meltdown that would spread horrific gamma type radiation high in the atmosphere, I think it is a global issue. Big time, global issue.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Help from other countries should have been requested within the first 24-48 hours, period. AND, I really wonder why the nuclear commission didn't become assertive?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  21. Dezera

    yes the men should be dealt with and i fill sorry for her buts its shouldnt be our problem we have enough on our plate

    March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Nancy in Oregon

    Good night.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    For Real Anderson! Why are these people who are risking their live given the proper protective equipment. That is an outrage

    March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Friedlander makes a great deal o f sense re:anticipation of contaminated water, etc.

    Not enough protective gear?! I bet in a day, with one request, proper gear could be forwarded by other countries for the workers. Rediculous!!

    There is "no excuse" for the handling of these nuclear plants!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  25. Vicky

    I just cant believe that no country is willing to help that Lybyan woman out...She is a true hereo that will never be forgoten... I will keep praying for her...

    March 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  26. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This is about to become a worldwide catastrophe, isn't it? I'm annoyed (to say the least) at the Japan government.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Janis

    Should all these reactors be entombed now rather than continuing with their containment attempts? More questions every day.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I just don't understand why some people insists on building a nuclear plant when it is known that kind of plant opposes some kind of danger.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Nina

    @Andres – You can't, especially if she doesnt show up soon. Many people are raped everyday and there are no wars over it. Although there should be...

    I would not wage war, but she deserves do justice for what has happened to her. And those 15 men should be dealt with accordingly. 15 men??? omg

    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I heard this report of the treatment of the workers earliers.
    This is an outrage! These workers, from the beginning, have continually risked their lives to solve the multitude of prolems with these reactors.
    They could at least be treated with a modicum of humanity re: food and sleeping arrangements.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Janis

    If it does get into the ocean and other countries fish in that area, does everyone have to check seafood catches for radiation forever?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  32. Nina

    Everyone seems to be under reporting the contamination from these reactors

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  33. Nancy in Oregon

    BettyAnn, too true! Not nearly as smart as we think, are we?!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Sharon Hastings

    I heard today that this struggle at the nuclear plant will be going on a long time. Seems like every effort to help the situation winds up causing its own set of problems. If they are admitting to partial meltdowns things must be pretty bad.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  35. Janis

    Plutonium is only in the core. Water from the core or from the spent core storage area? What is the half-life of plutonium? If it went in the ocean, what would be risk to sealife? Lots of questions.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  36. Jennifer - Michigan

    I don't like the ocean being contaminated!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  37. Andrew

    Nina- I totally agree. I personally dont think she's lying. How you cant make that kind of anger and terror up. You can't, especially if she doesnt show up soon. Many people are raped everyday and there are no wars over it. Although there should be...

    March 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  38. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I am concerned about the nuclear situation in Japan. It's not over and like a ticking time bomb. Already, damage to people and the environment has occured. Are we ever going to learn? humans may not be the smartest animals after all.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    Don Matheny, I would not be surprised to later learn that they are involved.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  40. Nina

    I heard that # 2 and #3 are leaking radioactive materials. If that is not a meltdown, I don't know what is

    March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Tracy Brown - Canada

    @ Arthur. NATO has to be a bit careful. The best way for this to unfold is for the rebes themselves to over-throw the governemnt. Providing air support is one thing to protect the people, arming them is a further step to assist them in their goal. Going in, on the ground, and taking control of the country is a whole different kettle of fish. Caution is required.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  42. Carolyn

    Continued Prayers For Japan... Amen!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Andrew. A part of me wants to make sure she is telling the whole truth and not making the accusations for some other reasons....too much is potentially at stake if her situation sparks a 'movement' to glorify her. I would so hope that somehow this could all be corroborated.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Sharon Hastings

    Seems like we have a long road to travel with these discussions. Look at all the other countries in the region in upheaval and rebellion against brutal regimes. There is a huge big picture here and Libya is a tiny part of it.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  45. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    A killer whale or any other wild animal in captivity is dangerous. That is not the natural environment. Duh! How can they not expect the poor creature to be frustrated being forced to perform for an audience of humans. They are born to be free. Get real. is there nothing, human and/or animal, which people won't exploit for money?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  46. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I hope Anderson is right and that Eman al-Obeidy adds to the fire of the uprising in Lybia.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  47. Nina

    Andrew March 29th, 2011 10:39 pm ET

    As disturbing as this is, do we really know what happened? Whats the rest of the story? Answer these questions before we start another war.

    Even if her story is not accurate, which I seriously doubt it since she had marks on her wrists and blood down her leg, she was traumatized on the video we watched, by all the people around her.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Fascinating discussion about the Libyan woman–though a sad, uncertain situation.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  49. Joe

    Arm Eman's family! They are so strong that I'll bet they would absolutely slaughter those disgusting thugs and those DISGUSTING staff members at the hotel. Why are we debating arming the Libyan people? Why do we keep questioning them while the DEVIL WE KNOW continues killing and is preparing for a new wave of global terrorism as soon as he is able.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Nicole Netherlands

    Good evening everyone! What a breath taking show again.
    Anderson, -thanks-! for keeping on this story
    I sort of have a hard time handling this...

    Don't matter what they say.
    Let Nic or Arwa or anyone of trusted press see her, meet her

    Until that moment: Where is Eman al-Obeidi?!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
1 2 3