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March 29th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

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

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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.

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  1. Jeff

    So often we hear about the martyrs in the region. People who blow up innocents on buses and in markets.

    And along comes a true martyr, a woman brutalized by animals.

    Ironic. And a call to arms. If ever there was a reason.

    (BTW, this happens every day across the region. A responsive, democratic government would not be allowed to allow this.)

    March 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Tracy, so how many Al Queda are in their ranks?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Andrew

    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.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Arthur S

    Gadhafi is doing what Hitler did maybe worse if we do not send troops in soon. Obama made a big mistake by saying he will not put troops on the ground. The Libyan people are not really being protected and will continue to die until we get our troops on the ground and to train and help the Libyan opposition. To compare this to Iraq is wrong because when we went to Iraq there was not any opposition troops like Libya has. How many Thousands of Libyan people must be slaughtered before Obama will send troops in? I am sure the Libyan opposition leaders would authorize the billions of dollars we are holding of Gadhafi's money to fund a USA Ground forces instead of watching all their people die.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Don Matheny

    What happened to the use of good old American tactics of using covert operations to accomplish our end goal?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    Good Always wins over evil. It takes brave people to change the world.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  7. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Gang rape and murders. Gadhafi's military is ordered to be cruel and barbaric. He must be stopped. He must be crazed and a mad man as well. The people must be so terrified and tramautized by their ruler. They are willing to loose their life. Very sad situation indeed

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Nina

    @Janis
    She has a huge amount of honor. She is fighting oppression very courageously. Strong Libyan woman. Impressive woman.

    Well stated. Exactly... she is a strong woman

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't think she will make that up if it is not true. Let her speak if they think that she is not telling the true.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  10. Janis

    If only the rest of Tripoli had that courage to stand up to Gadhafi. Where is she, Gadhafi?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Carolyn

    Wow... the continued abuse of this very brave woman Eman al-Obeidy is really horrific... God Bless her & all who help her to get the truth out... Love & Light!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Nancy in Oregon

    It's shocking, isn't it Nina? Just as shocking to me is her demeanor, after such a tortuous experience. Most women would be in shock, I think.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Melinda McNaughton

    PLEASE convey- It's not that the citizens of Libya are fearful of the regime!! They have VERY limited resources and the ones they do have are being trampled on by Libya dictatorship!! They need tools, weapons to FIGHT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Melinda McNaughton
    San Diego, CA

    March 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Tracy Brown - Canada

    @ Mike. Mahmound Jibril is one of the leaders of the rebels. He is U.S. educated and used to be part of the Gadafi regime. In fact, quite a few of the interim council that has been set up are professors and lawyers that were a part of the Gadagi regime but resigned. Many of the rebels are simply citizens. CBC has a great deal of information on the rebels and they have put a great deal of focus on this angle of the story... who are the rebels?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Andrea

    Anderson, how did the family have the engagement when Eman al-Obeidy is still missing?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Nina

    She is one courageous woman. I just cannot imagine being raped by 15 men and then everyone considers her as bad and call her the "W"

    Rescind the rape charges??? Heck NO!!! I could not say on here what I am thinking right now

    March 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Janis

    That's the same scarf and she was dressed in black. Sounds like her too.

    Where is Eman al-Obeidi??

    March 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  18. Nancy in Oregon

    Chi, Nic (I believe it was him) said last night that the staff turned out to be government employees in disguise, at the hotel.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Karen, MN

    She is a hero! Good for her to speak out and have the last word. I will never forget what happened to her.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  20. anne c dodds

    I wish we could have a definition i.e. rebels or opposition, I would call them freedom fighters,
    and I do get upset at these brave men and women in Libya,being called rebels.
    Anderson you have called them the opposition.
    Thank you, as always you do everything the best.
    I do hope that the young woman who burst into the hotel is safe but,I doubt it so my heart goes out to her family. I know you will keep on it until we know the truth!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  21. Chi

    How come the woman staff on the scene treated Eman like that? She showed no sympathy.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Janis

    She has a huge amount of honor. She is fighting oppression very courageously. Strong Libyan woman. Impressive woman.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  23. Vincent Blas

    I hope we see her again..safe and sound.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  24. Kenya

    I would believe Eman al-Obeidy over anything coming from Muammar's regime. They're full of lies. I feel for her.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  25. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    That poor woman. What regime would disrepect women like that? Inexcusable

    March 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  26. Nancy in Oregon

    Eman has a lot of fight in her, after such horror.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  27. Jennifer - Michigan

    Those men look so fierce and abusive! Makes me so mad too.

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

    @ here are plenty of examples in history of when dictators have realized that times are changing and moved away quietly. Not the case with this one.

    I agree, he will die in Libya and take down many people

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

    this is why we will take these thugs down !!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  30. Diane

    I agree with Mike and Boyd...do not get into an arms deal with rebel forces. Let Libya deal with its internal rebellion. The US and Military leaders need to finish the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan,and return our troops to their homeland.

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

    Gadhafi needs to produce Eman al-Obeidi alive and well to the public. She needs to go back to her family. Where is she, Gadhafi??

    March 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  32. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, everyone. This story of Eman is terribly hard for me to make total sense of. More mystery and question to it than fact. How frustrating.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Joe

    Eman's mother is the GREATEST! All of us with children can relate to her: no fear of Qadafi, totally ready to strangle him and cut his head off. I hope some day to meet her! She's just amazing. Amazing mom and amazing daughter!

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

    This poor woman – the Lybian gov. seems to want to deamonize her.

    I continue to pray that she is returned home to her family for safety and comfort.

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

    In any areas of conflict, women and children are abused on a constant basis and no one ever hears their stories. Not to mention the cases in which the peacekeepers themselves abuse the women as well (investigations have revealed such abuse by UN peacekeepers in Bosnia and Kosovo). Makes me so mad!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Chi

    Hope Eman is fine.

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

    They called her a "whore" omg!!!

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

    Oh Dear, a victim being a victim a second time... good grief, leave this woman alone

    March 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Jennifer - Michigan

    I hope Eman is alright....brave lady. What a terrible situation.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Chi

    Can I ask who armed Qadhafi to power? The same force can arm the freedom fighters to power. In stronger words, a make-up for past mistake 🙂

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Janis

    I don't think Gadhafi will take everyone down with him. I think he'll destroy his family and any positive legacy of his own – that's the only thing he will take down in the end. Libya will stand without him just as it did before him. Libya will always exist. Gadhafi won't.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Paula, Colorado

    Gadhafi's pursuit of forced leadership is just unwise and cruel.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Nina

    There are levels of radiation in CA and I understanding they are now testing our milk products

    March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Krasi, Houston

    Nina, sadly, yes. There are plenty of examples in history of when dictators have realized that times are changing and moved away quietly. Not the case with this one. Because of him many die and countries are debating of whether to get involved and how to get involved.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Claude

    If ROE allows the coalition to engage pro-Gaddafi ground forces then the airpower in theater should be adequate. The Libyan revol.ground force needs to be determined by force command request..and fielded ASAP. I'm sure that's been requested.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Barbara

    They need help, yes they should be armed, everyone calls for Ghadafi to go so why not help them, cant expect them to get him with sticks and stones

    March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Laurie Belvin--Florida

    Tough choice. It may be seen as a declaration of war by the US against Lybia to send arms to fighters. I like the idea of keeping the UN in charge. Peacekeeping by an international organization vs. the US trying to overthrow the leader of a foreign nation(?).... But then, if we do not, who will? But then, who exactly do we arm? Will they be any less brutal? What type of government will they create? I guess the best answer I can come up with is not yet, unless the UN votes to do so, or the Rebels organize such that we can even know who they are and what they plan.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Michael

    Yes, I think that arming the opposition with the necessary hardware to compete and possibly take a advantage over the regime on the ground is a good and maybe required decision for this civil war to end in our favor. These weapons are far less expensive than air strikes the U.S has already taken part of along with the NATO alliances. Tanks, armored vehicles and large caliber guns with plentiful and far more advanced ammo from foreign NATO countries would be a game changer in this civil war. And Cheaper

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

    The Coalition and NATO need to bomb the roads, and bomb those vehicles and tanks, hit those ground forces relentlessly. By the way, huge marches of Libyan woman in support of Eman! She's about the bravest woman I've ever seen. The future of Libya is women like HER not Qadafi!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  50. Jennifer - Michigan

    I'm very concerned about the nuclear fallout getting into the ocean....what a bummer. Actually, any fallout dispersed in the atomosphere is terrible.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
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