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Gaddafi Vows 'Long War' in Libya

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Muammar Gaddafi says Libya will fight a "long war" after Western air strikes against his forces to protect rebel-held areas. Military officials are said to be assessing the damage after at least 110 missiles were fired by the US and UK...

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Ben O (171)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:14 am
Profile; Moammar Gaddafi:

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:21 am
noted, thanks Ben

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:38 am

War number 3. I would just bet that Halliburton and company are wetting themselves with glee, and Cheney probably needs to have his mechanical heart reset he's so happy. No troops - you bet.

I'm thrilled about the revolts against tyrants, my best wishes are in support of the people. But really, shouldn't the same Arab League that voted for this be the ones carrying out the actions?
They have the jets and the bombers - they have the pilots all courtesy of the US and the UK.

. (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 9:03 am
I am not sure how I feel about this "humanitarian" intervention... I am a pacifist, and while I felt that we needed to act in regards to Libya, especially considering how cruel Gaddafi's reign is, I do not know if such an attack was the right way to go.

I will withhold judgment until I have enough information to actually say, either way, whether I feel this was right or wrong.

Erin R (181)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:36 am
Thanks, Ben!

Stelizan L (258)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:18 pm
I will always back the people against tyranny or dictatorships but still have to make up my mind whether this was 'the right way to go', there are just too many conflicting 'stories'. The Arab League voted for this intervention, then I heard they were against it; depending on the nation's people being able to experience a better life, quality of living and future for all as a result of this action, they've got my vote.

Marilyn K (50)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:23 pm
Any way we have to go to save innocent people from an insane, tyranical dictator is a good way whether it takes a short time or longer then we would like. If we had done a little more when WW2 started think of all the devestation and lives we would have saved even if we just bombed the train tracks that led to the concentration camps to make transporting men, women and children to their deaths.

Elisabetta E. (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:36 pm

You dictator

So I will come back to the gleam of dawn,
leaving prints of love and peace
on the suffering man, in the fields, villages and cities,
because you, dictator, condemned by your actions
will be defeated by the power of love.

You, with your thoughts blinded by hate,
pride and ignorance,
you have wet a nation with blood,
burnt villages,
deported old people and children,
raped women, and killed people
without mercy.

You dictator without soul,
you closed the door of your heart to the divine
inspiration, warrior of evil against
the world you will be defeated by love.

You, black soul, spat from the prince of darkness,
you will not destroy the human spirit and the divine laws,
but you will be dragged from the turbines of suffering
in the labyrinth of expiation.

So I will come back to the gleam of dawn
leaving prints of love and
Peace on beaches,
fields, villages and nations of the world and you,
inexorable dictator, will
walk the streets of despair
pierced by the divine truth.


Hartson Doak (39)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:56 pm
The power to rule has been taken from the Kings, dictators and presidents for life. The power to control their own futures has been given to the people. It will be a difficult transition. Many of these people have no idea of how to govern themselves. But they will learn. I remember back in the 60's a statement "If our democracy was so good, why aren't the Communist trying to steal it?" They did. Now the rest of the dictators are being displaced.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:28 pm
Oh, boy, yet another war the US is involved in. I know we're making money for the defense industry but enough's enough. This is an Arab problem. Let it be solved by Arabs.

. (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:48 pm
Wow! The calls for impeachment are growing louder by the hour! I first heard about it from yesterday "A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part."

. (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:04 pm
As I feared, the Arab League back peddled on supporting going into Libya. I have always written this is an Arab issue, and western support should be used when asked.
Obama went ahead and ordered these bombing without the consent of the congress - it was a reckless move that in the end, did not do the substantial damage he and England hoped for. I'm sorry, this man is not a leader.

Tysu Jung (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:58 pm
Gaddafi sounds like another mad man who is insane. Now the reporters are caught as his prisoners of war and being used as Gaddafi's human shield!

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:17 pm
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the destruction is wrought under the name of totalinarianism or the holy name of democracy?" Gandhi

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Monday March 21, 2011, 4:29 pm
Someone needs to get the Arab's to take Xanax and mellow out. This has gone too far and not of human nature to be as they are.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Monday March 21, 2011, 4:56 pm
Gaddfi has to GO! Period!..
1.) Nofly zones: work with Real objective.......Donot without Real objective
2.) The "rebels" are of two groups:
A.) Volunteers: the first to be on the front lines, ill-trained to do so , but VERY brave, ill-equipted
B.) Defective member's of Gaddafi"s military, trained , ill-equipt,..not running to the front lines
3.) Without a nofly zone..The "rebels" and all the citizens will LOSE!
4.) at this time, even if the "rebels win, Gaddafi gone, there is still not a Libyian Leader to provide and answer
and take Gaddafi's place....The "rebels" are asking for help there too. (in my opinion, a Libyian Leader is a
5.) Bottomline, with as horrible as it is, WAR =Math & the nastiest game of "chess" imaginable
6.) DEMOCRACY=a very hard fight...sooo worht it!...and IS EVOLVING! we of the Global community grow another Brain-Cell!!!!...Focus on the good & learn from the bad and "RECYCLE IT!"
My prayers are not only with all of the Libyian people , fighting for thier right to EXIT, all of the profoundly brave journalists and the rest of the world that is answering the call to help! God bless us all!

Sheila D (28)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:45 pm
What did the Arab League think would happen when they gave permission for the UN to go into the no fly zone? And did they think the US would sit out, when they are part of the UN? We can only hope there will be a swift ending to the fighting and the Libyian people can get back to a more normal life.

marie C (163)
Monday March 21, 2011, 6:14 pm

Cynthia B (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:52 pm
I AM IMPRESSED THAT THE UN FINALLY GOT SOME OF THEIR ACT TOGETHER! The people of Libya needed help desperately.

Clifton Jackson (124)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:37 pm
WOW!! Time for him to step down! Good the UN finally are going to take some much needed Action!

Andrea Connelly (94)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:48 pm
I'm with Kit. Do not understand the lack of Arab support for their Arab brothers and sisters in Libya and in Palestine. The nations that were urged to intervene will become targets of criticism, hatred and even terrorist attack. Am sorry but I find the Arab League's attitude extremely hypocritical. The only thing that seems to unite them is OIL.


Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:04 pm
Arab rulers are puppet in the hands of America so they do what they are told, why are you people surprised at the Arab league decision

Noreen k-Potts (21)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:10 am
Gadaffi is a mad man........We do my need another war.....There must be another way....

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:54 am
I must agree that Gadaffi is a mad man. He must be mentally ill to only think of hatred things to do like killing people from his own country that may stand up for their rights and also speak of wars with other countries. I pray that some magicial dust of peace hits him to reverse his ugly way of thinking.
Thanks Ben

Natalie Away J (125)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:46 am
Noted, thanks Ben. Gadaffi has to go, he's been there too long already and couldn't care less about his own people. Mad Gadaffi wants to fight no matter what he says, who can trust someone who wants to bomb his own people!

Ben O (171)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 4:57 am
It's not easy to understand how a paranoid psychopath dictator can stay in power for 42 years! He can't last forever though, can he? I sure hope that he will be gone any day now!

Esther Z (94)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 6:59 am
I'm all for a humanitarian intervention since Gaddafi was pretty much massacring his own people. I just want to know why the Arab League isn't leading the coalition; they should protecting their own people!

SK O (19)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:19 am
I'm pro - military. A military is necessary : War is not. If it were not the US, UK, France and many other nations having a standing Armies, ready to go, there would have been a massacre, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Killing Fields of Cambodia.
A free fire zone was necessary. It's not a war by definition, it's an action preventing the people from the military sworn to protect a man no less monstrous than Hussein of Iraq.

Lisa H (180)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:07 pm
I fully support the UN decision, and the people of Libya. I do NOT however understand how a UN declaration results in the US firing 110 tomahawk missles to the UK's 2. Why exactly does the UN presume the US will foot the bill? And why does the US feel the need to do so, when, as the Repuglicunts tell us, "OUR COUNTRY IS BROKE"????? We are overly involved in two other wars in the same neighborhood. I vote we let our house there be repo'd and get the hell out!

Lisa H (180)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:08 pm
And my Lord, where did all the Repugs in (poorly done) sheep's clothing come from?? I swear, they are multiplying by the damn HOUR!

Ben O (171)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 6:53 am
Libyan rebels form 'interim government'. (Al Jazeera, March 23, 2011)
Rebels say they're striving to liberate entire country as battles rage and Gaddafi rails against "fascist assault".
Libya's pro-democracy fighters have formed an "interim government" even as forces backing the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, press ahead with attacks against them.
Heading up the new government as an interim prime minister is Mahmoud Jibril, who had been working as a representative to foreign powers.

He is best known on the international stage for meeting Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, which led to France diplomatically recognising the rebels' transitional council as the sole representative of the Libyan people.
Opposition spokesman Nisan Gouriani told Al Jazeera: "The provisional national council is a legislative body, but we need an executive body to take control and provide an administration."
He said the rebels' "position has been very clear from the beginning - that Libya is one unit".

"Our capital is Tripoli and will forever be Tripoli," he said. "We are striving to liberate the western parts of the country, and Tripoli, and keep the country united. We would like to emphasise this over and over again."
The rebels had been wary of calling their nascent administration in their Benghazi stronghold an interim government seemingly cautious of signifying a split in the country.
"But they remain committed to one Libya," said Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Benghazi. "They want the people of Libya to remain united, just without Gaddafi."

Bracha Katz (31)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:16 am
Get him outta here! Thanks Ben

Debbie Bell (73)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 5:18 pm
the guy was exiled,from his country.not supposed to be allowed to, what does he do? comes back home, walks right in and sits right down.and proclaims that seat to be a throne,starts the dictating that the people of libya were trying to dispose of, when they supposedly exiled him! what's wrong with these people? make people accountable.enforce what you say.and u.s.,uncle sam, need to stay out of it. like the media reported,it's a problem for the french.they showed up,for a short while and,as usual, who's taking the brunt of it??? you got it.we do thank you,england,for your part.and, if it was decided that the u.n. should help,for humanitarian reasons,where are the rest of the u.n.countries? what else is new? our involvement is not a "winning"! position,as charlie sheen would say.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 25, 2011, 4:03 am
noted with worry & fear

Thank You Ben.

Jae A (316)
Friday March 25, 2011, 9:47 am
No doubt our 'Military Complex' is smiling away at his remarks....they also look forward to another long battle with Gaddafi....lots of $$$$ each time a weapon goes off /is fired, from their point of view.

Ben O (171)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:46 am
The Muammar Gaddafi story. (BBC)
How can you adequately describe someone like Muammar Gaddafi? During a period that has spanned six decades, the Libyan leader has paraded on the world stage with a style so unique and unpredictable that the words "maverick" or "eccentric" scarcely do him justice.
His rule has seen him go from revolutionary hero to international pariah, to valued strategic partner and back to pariah again.
He has developed his own political philosophy, writing a book that is - in the eyes of its author, at least - so influential that it eclipses anything dreamt up by Plato, Locke or Marx.

He has made countless show-stopping appearances at Arab and international gatherings, standing out not just with his outlandish clothing, but also his blunt speeches and unconventional behaviour.
One Arab commentator recently called him the "Picasso of Middle East politics", although instead of Blue, Rose or Cubist periods, he has had his pan-Arab period, his Islamist period, his pan-African period, and so on.


Ben O (171)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:48 am
Libya rebels recapture key town. (BBC, March 26)
Libyan rebels backed by extensive allied air raids have seized control of the frontline oil town of Ajdabiya from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
Insurgents have been celebrating amid the ruins of tanks and artillery pieces left behind after air strikes.
Gaddafi loyalists seized the town last week as they advanced east to quell an uprising which began in mid-February.
A Libyan minister said the army had left the town after the "heavy involvement" of Western forces.
The rebel breakthrough came after a seventh night of bombardment by allies enforcing a UN resolution against Col Gaddafi.
British RAF Tornado aircraft have been firing Brimstone guided missiles at his forces in recent days around Ajdabiya, a town of about 100,000 people.
The BBC's Ben Brown in Ajdabiya says those strikes seemed to be even heavier overnight...

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