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. Janis

    Everybody expected the going to get tougher once the opposition forces reached areas that were more pro-Gadhafi. He's had weeks to preach his propoganda about the coming opposition march and has twisted their real purpose for the march to Tripoli. They'll need time to figure out how they're going to handle it.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Nina

    And when a dictator acts the way Gaddafi has been, it will be a huge hit on international human right for that man to continue his behavior.

    You are correct! He will take everyone down as he will never give up

    March 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Charles : Mesa, Az

    Arm the opposition. I've read in the news, that politicians want the President to make sure there are no anti-american individuals within the opposition. I don't think it's possible to ever ascertain that fact 100%
    Just make sure they don't give them arms that are more advanced than American weaponry. This way we won't be out gunned if NATO needs to invade due to an anti-american threat to stability in the region, like Iran.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Heleni

    After much pressure the president talked and kadaffi answered with force and we wondered why he did not want to talk!?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    Anderson... the world is so very thankful for all of your dedication... Keep On "Keeping Them Honest."

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Nina

    Qaddafi will die hanging on to Libya! He will never give up his status as a Demi-god! He wants to punish his "Children" the Libryan freedom fighters!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Patrick

    The West armed the Taliban against the Russians, then the Taliban gave Al – Qaida sanctuary to attck the West. When allied troops went into Afghanistan they were fought against with the arms, SAM missiles etc, that the West had supplied them with.

    Look at the movie called Charlie Wilson's War, a true incident, when the USA supplied the Osama bin Laden faction, no, we shouldn't arm the rebels in Libya, we know, aa Admiral Stavridas, the commander of NATO and an American, said, the rebels are tainted with Al – Qaeda.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Krasi, Houston

    Gaddafi will have to go and will go, one way or another. When your people realize they've been terrorized and they have seen that there is a chance for things to be different, there is nothing that can keep the dictator in power. And when a dictator acts the way Gaddafi has been, it will be a huge hit on international human right for that man to continue his behavior.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Nina

    Qaddafi has strong ground forces. What do these freedom fighters plan to do? Yes, now what will NATO do?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  10. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What idid Obama know and when did he know it about the Ad Queda in with the rebels?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Claude

    US, France, UK need to start arming Libyan revolution ASAP. There will not be a 'Post-Libya' if Gaddafi is allowed to prevail.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Joe

    Nina, every time Qadafi's mercenaries enter cities like Misrata and Zintan, they kidnap people. Remember Charles Taylor and child armies? Who do you think funded them? It was QADAFI! He has spread death all over Africa, buying lots of officials along the way. And what is left? A generation of mayhem and murder that was bankrolled by the Qadafi family. That is a fact.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Catherine Berryhill

    Yes, arm the rebels, [freedom fighters]. I wish that there were some way that we could have stopped these dictators from ever getting into power, in the first place!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Janis

    Arwa is doing a fantastic job out in the field with the opposition forces. Gutsy lady. Good reporting. Stay safe Arwa.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Carolyn

    Nic, Arwa, & AC360 Team, thank you again for all of your great reporting... so much shocking information coming out of Libya, and the Middle East, again, today.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Mark


    It seems to me that in order for the rebels to overtake gaddafi forces and have a chance of success, the rebels need the same weapons that the gaddafi forces have or better and superior.

    Would there even be a remote possibility of bringing in M1A1 Abrahm tanks, RPG's and far more superior automatic battle rifles?

    When i served in the US Military, we were issued the LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool).

    March 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Fearing the children will repeat anything said by parents or friends is a reminder of Nazi Germany, when the same issue arose.

    Nic is reporting under unbelievable circumstances and limitations, and still he reports as much truth as he can.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Jennifer - Michigan

    K.Boyd – I agree with you...just seems so haphazard getting involved like this. Could be a big mistake – could blow up in our face that's for sure.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Adel: "hopefully President will make a decision before it's too late this time."

    Not his style.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Joe

    We don't know who the opposition is or who is supporting it. Arming them blindly without knowing what the country is going to have or to be when they win would be a major mistake. This has significantly more risk than the wars in Iraq and Afganistan.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Nina

    Kids kidnapped off the streets? omg, what are they doing with the children?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Sharon Hastings

    Seems like Gadhafi didn't like all the reporting about how the opposition was making gains. He wants to show he is far from done.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    NATO's top commander, U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, said officials had seen "flickers" of possible al-Qaida and Hezbollah involvement with the rebel forces.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  24. Joe

    And please report this fact: 40 tanks, almost a full battalion, have been shelling Zintan all day. We should go all out: bombard these murderers and provide arms and munitions to the freedom fighters. All they have are weapons captured in battle. Supply lines are thin. Do we think wars are won with big hearts and courage alone??

    March 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Janis

    Tripoli most likely has been terrorized beyond belief the past few weeks. That's the one thing so regretable about the coalition taking so long to come together. It gave Gadhafi time to terrorize and get rid of key protesters in Tripoli.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Adel

    hopefully President will make a decision before it's too late this time.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  27. K. Boyd

    No. No. No, We should not arm ANY other country. The only country we should arm is America, our own country. We need to be worried about our deficit. We are not the worlds food bank or armory. Bring all of our troops home. Place our troops on our borders and enforce our own borders.
    These squirmishes and wars in other countries are not our business. We need to focus internally and on our own people and problems facing our own national security. I for one am sick of it, stop paying forall these other countries mistakes. We as a nation cannot afford to pay for all the troops and man hours, and weapons, and ammo, and food, and all the other expendatures it takes to transport these services to other nations overseas. This must stop.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why do we assume a Qadhafi victory will lead to mass executions. It hasn't happened in the towns they have retaken so far.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Hillary was more blunt in the rest of that interview, coming out and saying directly that we didn't have much information on the rebels. Why are we supporting an unknown?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Krasi, Houston

    An important aspect of all this should be learning about the culture and nature of the people who are fighting for freedom. It is clear that there are many innocent people suffering in Libya and these are the ones we want to help, and I hope they are the ones who get to choose who will be their next leader.

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

    Yes, where is Eman al-Obeidi? We want her to talk to Nic. Col. Gadhafi, let her talk to Nic Robertson.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Joe

    We have to stop these debates: if we do not bombard Qadafi's ground troops and tanks immediately, we will be right back to square one. Benghazi will be attacked, massacres will take place, and we will still be talking about what to do. Let me ask you, Anderson (and Hadley etc): Qadafi has piles of hard currency and gold, and strong contacts to mafia and thugs in Mali, Tunisia, Chad, Sudan etc etc. Can you imagine what the world will look like if he is allowed to rampage unhindered? Does anyone remember who this man is? Hit him, hit is ground troops, do so unapologetically!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The doctors and lawyers aren't the ones doing the fighting.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Didn't the Lybians make it clear from the beginning that "they" wanted to take Gadhafi out of power?

    The only other thing i am aware that they asked for (besides no fly zone), was weapons.

    I heard it reported that weapons were being sent to them via Egypt.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Krasi, Houston

    Well, that's the truth. No one knows in such situations who is in it for what. I wish we hadn't gotten involved.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Michael

    Are you kidding me... we armed the taliban years ago and look at them now. why do we want to do this all over again "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!"

    March 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Cessy - Chicago

    I will have to believe what Secretary Clinton says on this one...

    March 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Tony from Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada

    Yes, give them what ever is needed,they have the man power but they need the arms.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Janis

    Hello everyone. Seems opposition will need an internal push from counterparts living in Misrata and Tripoli.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Nina

    Hillary Clinton is vague probably for a very good reason

    March 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  41. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. All along it seemed that arming the opposition would have to be done by someone. In fact where are they getting all the weapons they are using now??

    March 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Krasi, Houston

    Good evening everyone!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, Nancy, Nichole, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Nina, Heather, Sharon H., BettyAnn, everyone.

    It's a shame to see the opposition pushed back.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Part of the rebel force is made up of Al Queda. Arming them would not be smart.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Jennifer - Michigan

    Scary in Libya huh?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Nina

    Good evening Anderson and everyone

    March 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on.
    It's disappointing to hear that the opposition is losing ground in Libya–I hope things turn around for the better.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hello – good evening.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. MaryBeth

    Good evening, everyone.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
1 2 3