Why have we forgotten about Libya?
March 25th, 2013
07:04 AM ET

Why have we forgotten about Libya?

By Fred Abrahams, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Fred Abrahams is a special adviser at Human Rights Watch. The views expressed are his own.

All civilians deserve protection, but some civilians deserve more protection than others.  Or so it seems in Libya today.

Two years ago, the U.N. Security Council authorized a military operation by NATO with a mandate to protect civilians who were under attack by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. That operation led to Gadhafi’s fall.

Today, long after the fighting has stopped, those who are rightly or wrongly perceived to have supported Gadhafi are under threat. Thousands of women and children have been displaced from their homes and living in camps, often harassed. Men have been detained, tortured and killed. They need protection, but the nations that intervened two years ago have done virtually nothing on their behalf.

The most pressing case involves the former residents of the town of Tawergha, which had a pre-war population of about 42,000. Tawerghans formerly enjoyed Gadhafi’s financial and political support, and the town became a military staging ground during the 2011 war. Many fighting age men from Tawergha joined Gadhafi’s fight.

Some of these men allegedly committed atrocities during the war in the nearby city of Misrata, which suffered from a brutal, two month siege in which hundreds of civilians died.  Misratans say that Tawerghan fighters committed killings and rapes in their city and that now it is time to take revenge.

And revenge is what the anti-Gadhafi militias of Misrata have been taking, forcing all Tawerghans from their town. Spread across Libya, Tawerghans have been hunted down, detained, tortured and killed. Satellite imagery analyzed by Human Rights Watch corroborates what we saw on the ground: the systematic destruction of the town’s residential, commercial and industrial structures after the fighting had stopped in an apparent attempt to prevent returns.

The Misratans demand justice for the crimes committed against them, and this is their due. But justice is not served by punishing an entire community for crimes committed by some of its members – that is collective punishment.

But while the U.N. Security Council and its powerful members jumped to protect Libyan civilians when Gadhafi was the enemy, they have not taken serious action against the revenge attacks that Tawerghans and other displaced communities in Libya are suffering from today – about 60,000 people in all, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

In its resolution on Libya this month, the Security Council rightly expressed concern about reprisals, torture and executions, but failed to mention the plight of Tawerghans. Even the U.N. mission in Libya, watching developments up close, has not made the abuses against Tawerghans and other allegedly “pro-Gadhafi” communities a central theme.

International legal obligations suggest that they should. The violations against Tawerghans are widespread, systematic and sufficiently organized to be crimes against humanity.  The U.N.’s commission of inquiry on Libya made this point a year ago.

The Libyan government has a responsibility to protect its people from such serious crimes, and to hold perpetrators accountable. The Security Council has a responsibility to help Libya achieve these goals. At a minimum, the latter should ask Libya to report regularly on the steps it is taking to protect displaced people and facilitate returns. The imposition of U.N. sanctions on responsible individuals would also have immediate effect.

The International Criminal Court can also investigate these crimes because its mandate in Libya is ongoing. Militia commanders and senior officials in Misrata could be held criminally responsible for ordering these crimes, failing to prevent them or failing to punish the attackers.

The Libyan government says it does not condone these crimes and would like to see them stop. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has spoken forcefully about abuses by the many militias in Libya whose actions he does not control. But that does not absolve him of the responsibility to do more on behalf of the Libyan citizens who are suffering the wrath of victorious rebels.  And it does not relieve the Security Council of its responsibility to demand protection for civilians at all times, when it’s politically convenient and when it’s not.

The failure to ensure protection from some of the worst crimes undermines the credibility of governments that said they intervened in Libya to protect civilians. Instead, governments supporting Libya’s transition should pressure Libya, while providing appropriate assistance, to ensure that displaced people can safely return to their homes and share in the benefits that the Libyan popular uprising and international military intervention were supposed to bring about.

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  1. rightospeak

    Just like in Iraq the propaganda states that "Democracy " was brought to the people of Libya . It is a big lie perpetrated by our media – the truth is very different ! It is about destruction, killing and robbery.

    March 25, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • rasPutin

      We got the oil, so we don't care about the rest.

      March 27, 2013 at 4:18 am |
      • USA Military mom

        Idiot. The US cannot process Libyan oil.

        March 27, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • Brad

        Ya, that's why gas prices are still at record levels.....do you have a car? If we went into Libya don't ya think that we would have more supply and global oil prices would have went down? put on your thinking hat...

        March 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
      • dmend

        And Libyas oil is not for the US it is for our European Allies and we helped them get rid of ghadaffi so our friends Britan and France can control Libyas Oil. THATS YOUR ANSWER MILITARY MOM, WE CANT PROCESS IT BUT THE EUROPEANS SURE CAN . DONT BE SUCH AND IDIOT TO THINK IT WASNT ABOUT OIL, IT WAS ABOUT HELPING OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES BRITAN AND FRANCE , GET THEIR HANDS ON GHADAFFI'S OIL, THAT'S WHY HE WAS TAKEN OUT. YOUR ARE RIGHT RASPUTIN, AND MILITARY MOM IS WRONG!!!!!!

        April 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • digger2

      Who ever said transition to Democracy would be pretty, straightforward, or the US's responsibility. The Libyans rejected Colonel Q, and we helped them get their shot. They ousted him, now it really is up to them to make it work. For our part in the West, we should be proud that we stood on the side of freedom and helped them get their shot.

      March 27, 2013 at 9:27 am |
      • AWordToTheWise

        Have Americans ALWAYS been proud of their failures?............Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libys, Syria, Egypt etc, etc ?

        In your 260 odd years as a Nation you've been involved in 135 wars and yoo've only been patially responsible for

        March 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
      • AWordToTheWise

        Sorry, I'll finish [pressed the wrong button!]

        America has only been partially responsible for winning ONE of their 135 wars – WW2. And THAT was only because the Russians changed sides and Churchill fed Hitler misinformation which beggared his defence planning!

        Wake up Yank – yu had money when you held real power on the world stage. Times have changed.

        March 29, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
      • kbaredge126c

        A word to the wise. You sound like a hate full troll. Take a deep breath and.... forget it you are hopeless.

        March 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • FriendOfLybia

      wake up
      benghazi was 500,000 peoples, facing imminent extermination
      And Gadafi would not have stopped there
      Tawergha is 60,0000 facing displacement
      and the militia can't really do more than that

      Yes something should be done, but it's not the UN mandate to waste efforts on trivialities

      There are much worst things going on right now
      The UN doesn't have infinite ressources

      Also displacing peoples... isn't a crime against humanity
      And if they had tortured 60,000 you could not count them
      (Gadafi had much higher numbers)

      Should we monitor and remind the Lybian authorities of their duties – yes
      Should we report on it – yes
      Should we land a massive army ? NO

      remember that those are tribesmen, so when you say innocent, that's not exact,
      I bet most families sent at least one soldier
      As some said, without Eva Braun, Hitler would not have succeeded ...
      same is true for the Gadafi's soldiers

      March 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
      • dmend

        That's like saying tomorrow your going to commit a crime, which hasn't happened yet and you being killed or arrest for it , Ghadaffi wasnt a Good Guy, but DEMOCRACY WILL NOT WORK IN ALL SOCIETIES YOU CANNOT USE A COOKIE CUTTER APROACH TO FIX A COUNTRIES SOCIAL POLITICAL PROBLEMS, that's why you need dictators and kings. Why doen't the US ARM the opposition in Saudi Arabia. Qatar, Oman. And Libyas oil is not for the US it is for our European Allies and we helped them get rid of ghadaffi so our friends Britan and France can control Libyas Oil.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  2. JAL

    Phase 2 of the Arab Spring needs lots of investment. US unemployment needs to get to <6.5% to get the global economy going again. Right now, there is a lack of confidence in doing so. We are trying to gain that confidence outside of the human knee-jerk war mechanism.

    March 25, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • JAL

      The war mechanism on this planet is as old as the planet itself. The failed logic is that we can somehow judge and condemn many (on either side) to war in an effort to attempt to make the world a better place. Only with God, can we know peace and the more the merrier.

      March 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • getreal

        To in one comment say the "war mechanizim is as old as the planet" is a copout to our responsibilities as human beings and memebers of our species. Yes I agree you cannot point at one side without looking at the other side as you pointed out. Then to turn and throw some religious BS in the middle of your comment only shows why we have these problems. In your belief god created man and gave man free will. In that gift of free will god condoned violence that began from that moment on starting with gods battle with satan and then Cain and Able. Your god is to blame, he set the table, lead by example and turned it loose on all men so he could sit back and judge us worthy or not and send us to heaven or hell even though your god already knows the answer of who will make it and who will not because your god is all knowing in all things. Do you see how, lame your view on "war has been around since....." is? Stand up and be accountable, dont cry to some non existant deity ruling over all, if in the same breath anyone with reason has to lay the responsiblity for all actions from that "test" or "judgement of faith" lay with this deity. People need to dump phony religion and be responsible for their actions and for the future of the planet and our species only through this responsibility can mankind evolve to a more enlightened being.

        March 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • AWordToTheWise

      If Ms Clinton and Obama [with their outsize egos and NO plan for the future] hadn't encouraged and praised Arab Spring phase 1 there wouldn't be a NEED for a second phase to cost anything.

      Everywhere America buts in and meddles there is chaos.........Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libys, Egypt, Syria, etc etc. Will you people NEVER learn? You can't manage your own country why try to manage anyone else's?

      March 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  3. Joseph McCarthy

    This is what usually happens when the right-wing thugs in Washington take over another country to in order to set up one of their pseudo-democracies! These so-called "democracies" usually end up to be far worse than the governments they replace. This what happened in South Vietnam during the 1950's and 1960's! This is sheer lunacy to say the least!

    March 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • ✠ RZ ✠

      Evidently, there is some truth to the phrase that "history repeats itself". Not necessarily exactly the same, but certainly in many manners. It's just the nature of the human beast, and there are only three potential remedies; a miracle, a disaster, and time.

      March 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • FHTEX

      But the leader of the NATO invasion was none other than the left-wing darling, Barack Obama!

      March 26, 2013 at 10:07 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        No, according to you right wing teabags, first of all our President was "dragging his feet and doing nothing to help the Libyan civilians who were being slaughtered by the Ghadaffi regime." Only to change your tune to the sound of accusing the President of "rushing to war" and then sarcastically asking "what's the mission and the end game." And when the MISSION WAS ACCOMPLISHED, without shame or conscience you people accused the President of "leading from behind." O' and by the way, most Americans still want to know who was REALLY behind the Benghazi attacks as much as we want to know why the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew up near the one year anniversary of the historic Affordable Care Act.

        March 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
      • drc

        So the , President is or is not where the buck stops? I'm just trying to update the bash Bush and he was responsible for everything portion of my notebook with the Obama is not responsible for anything chapter. Keeping in mind I did not vote for Bush nor the current clown-in-chief....I only want to keep my left/right wing sheep theories up-to-date.

        March 28, 2013 at 7:16 am |
      • The Decline

        Blah blah – are you actually saying that everything in Libya is fine? Gaddafi gone so mission accomplished? By that standard Bush was right when he stood under the banner stating the same thing. Libya is a mess and Obama owns it. But every time I have this conversation with a liberal I get the same response, " thats just a red herring". So when its Obama, everything is hunky dory but when it was Bush everything was wrong? Liberals didnt support the Iraq war but had no problem leaving Libya in its current state? Funny how POV changes once "your guy" is in charge

        March 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • AWordToTheWise

        Blah Blah –
        Since the affordable care act has been found to be a con and a failure, blowing up an oil rig COULD be a good smokescreen to cover that failure.... right?

        Obama didn't "rush to war" – he and Ms Clinton openly encouraged and praised the uprising of 10 arab countries simultaneously with no idea of the consequences. How utterly stupid was that?

        As for Vietnam.......I watched US soldiers in Vietnam in UK. trudging through villages with ghetto-blasters churning out pop music; chatting loudly and walking out in the open! I do NOT blame the troops – I blamed whever didn't train them in jungle warfare.
        When the US troops left the Australians went in. Again, it was on UK BBC news. The only difference was that you had to look VERY closely to SEE the Aussies and you couldn't hear a thing. See the difference?

        March 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
    • jack

      You got the thugs confused.In this case were the Obama administration.They wished all along that the Libya fiasco will go away by stone walling their failure to respond who muffed it.

      March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • The REAL Truth...

        Jack, you don't know jack. Read Blah blah's comment above.

        March 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
      • AWordToTheWise

        Well said Jack! You at least know and speak the truth.

        March 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  4. gordonwagner

    Israel wanted its neighbors "Balkanized" - broken into small, impotent states that could pose no problem. And that is precisely what has been done. In the case of Libya via humanitarian aerial bombardment.

    Israel was founded to bring about this kind of horrible domestication. Assad knows that Syria is next on the laundry list.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • deep blue

      geographically, Libya is fairly far away from Israel. I'm not sure I would call Israel a neighbor of Libya. The rise of democratic nations in North Africa is not good for Israel in the short term. Dictators like Qaddafi and Mubarak are easier to bribe.

      March 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • AWordToTheWise

      gordon – When you haven't a clue of the history or geography of the region, blame Israel!!! Trolls are very predictable.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
  5. Aladdin Ahmed

    There is a correction I wish to make Fred. No one from Misurata forced the people from Twargga to flee thier town. The town was deserted by them when the freedom fighters arrived. I guess the Twraggans had what they call the collective guilt for supporting the bloody murderess killing machine of Kaddafi?

    March 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • deep blue

      An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. The country just went through a civil war. Slaughtering entire towns because the towns were friendly to the previous government is unconscionable.

      March 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • FHTEX

      That is a total lie. Tawergans would love to return to their homes but many of them are gone or damaged or have been severely scarred by racist graffiti.

      March 26, 2013 at 10:10 am |
    • soloboutou

      Yes Kadafi was a dictator but under his rule, Lybia was a prosperous country, now the so called "democracy " brings more suffering for the libyan people. All the west cares about in not the libyan people. They just wanted libyan oil period.
      The argument to in there and protect people is a joke. If the idea was to protect people then where are those French, British and American planes that dropped bombs in Tripoli? They can go in now and protect the people of libyan.
      I cannot believe how the west can support islamic groups against a legal government of Syria. They never learn from past mistakes. Irak, Afganistan, Egypt, Tunisia. You are paving the raod for islamists especially in Syria where you don't even know who is who.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Yes, under Ghadaffi Libya was prosperous, that is members of the Libyan government and the Ghadaffi family while the people went hungry and had no democratic freedoms. The Ghadaffi family went on annual Safari, hosted western celebrities and spent billions on luxury. Furthermore, the people of Libya didn't uprise to ask for a change of regime as was the case in Syria or Egypt. They uprise to ask for democratic reform and better wages and living conditions and while they demonstrated peacefully, the Ghadaffi regime opened fire on them and forced them to arm themselves. Kudos to the Egyptian military because at least their military did not revolt against the people.

        March 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • JT

      You mean they just deserted the town at the approach of a unfriendly army? You don't say?

      March 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • digger2

      or collective common sense to run away from a blood thirsty mob seeking to kill them.

      March 27, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  6. Ali Ben

    Don’t make yourself a jerk, you know it for real, people from Misrata did the ethnic cleansing for people of Twragga anywhere in Libya… now all the world are aware of the evil sins you committed by hard evidence…may Allah have a mercy on your souls once you meet Him, with hands covered with innocent blood.

    March 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  7. me

    This is exactly what happens when you support a monster and his sons. If they are in fear now, then perhaps they should have thought of that while other innocents were being killed and tortured by this maniac. It also says that in the muslim world they would rather deal with this in their own way as vigilante justice. They should release that their actions are no different then those they hunt. Its all about who is on the winning side, especially in countries where law and order are conveniences.

    March 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • FHTEX

      Ghadafi wasn't even in the government at the time of the NATO invasion and, in any case, he was not a monster. He was loved by most of his people for having lifted them from one of the poorest post-colonial nations to a very modern, prosperous and tolerant one. Now all of that progress has been ruined.

      March 26, 2013 at 10:14 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Total nonsense. Ghadaffi was a brutal dictator and a sponsor of state terrorism worldwide. He slaughtered his owm people before the world's eyes NOT because they asked for regime change which they didn't but simply because they asked for democratic reform, better wages and better living conditions. He got what he deserved.

        March 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • chris

        @blah blah........the worst part about your post,is that you KNOWINGLY typed one lie after another! those rebels that were in libya are the same ones who are now in syria! go and ask the stevens family if they believe any of your lies?

        March 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
      • benina

        haha Gaddafi loved by most of his people?? not.

        March 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
  8. notme

    Perhaps only cnn has forgotten Libya. There have been a number of newsworthy events not covered in the last 2 months. The UN has good reason to be concerned about the revenge killings. All people who love peace should be concerned. (of course that would leave NATO out) –

    March 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  9. deep blue

    Any revolution is going to have a transition period of bloodshed.
    I'm not sure how much I'm convinced that international community can do. If they are too hard on the new government, you prolong the transition. The Libyan government has condemned the violence, but truthfully the new government's control of the country has not cemented yet. We should give the new government some time to get things into order before we start making threats.

    March 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  10. j. von hettlingen

    Indeed, the transition from autocracy to democracy is a tortuous path. In the case Libya it will take at least a quarter of a century to heal the wounds that had been torn apart by the turmoil and to build a new political structure from the scratch.

    March 26, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • Total2199

      This transition will never happen. Libya has four tribes competing for power. All the West did was helping one tribe to get an upper hand in this fight. There will be another dictator like Qaddafi who will emerge soon assuming all authority and history will repeat itself. This was another foreign policy failure by the West and tea baggers.

      March 27, 2013 at 7:25 am |
  11. Syd Chaden

    The reason Libya has fallen off the front pages is that the mainstream media is doing its best to keep the discussion of the attack on the US Consulate at Benghazi , and the lies and deception of the Obama Administration, away from the public.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Believe it or not, the American people REALLY want to know WHO was really behind the Benghasi attacks as much as we want to know why the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew up near the one year anniversary of the historic Affordable Care Act.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • digger2

        1. Al Quada
        2. BP

        Ok, so now you know who was responsible. Can we move along now?

        March 27, 2013 at 9:35 am |
      • dave

        what about democracy in saudi/kuwait/bahrain?

        May 1, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • AWordToTheWise

      @ digger – I love it! Short and to the point.

      Blah Blah – you've been well and truly sorted, mate! Muppet!

      March 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  12. jay_hawk

    Dick Cheney and his group has murdered enough and control enough of the middle east so they do not have to spend any more US military lives or go in and kill middle east babies and call they terrorist. That is why Dick Cheney wanted to be the VP, because what he did not get to do when he was sectary of defense and was stopped by George H. W. bush.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • Brad

      then why did Obama lead us into Libya...and why did Al Queda affiliates kill 4 Americans in the largest terror attack on American soil since 2001 last September?

      March 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
  13. a slozomby

    just arabs doing what arabs have been doing for 1000 yrs.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  14. JT

    Because like always, we formulate a great plan but leave out the end. It's like a great novel that builds and builds but has a completely anti-climatic ending the author rushed through because he was getting ready to move onto another book. We go in with the expectation that "they will be able to handle things for themselves" when there's no reason to actually think that will happen.

    But then you look at the alternative. People on live TV crying for help. I think the cameras have a lot more to do with it than anyone acknowledges and they are usually the first ones to leave (never to return, unless the violence gets so out of hand that it becomes news worthy again).

    CNN in particular plays a strong role in gearing up support for US intervention without the prescience to realize they're very likely to cause more suffering than they earnestly hoped to avail.

    March 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • JT

      I suppose there is some ideological optimism that suggets attempting to do good and failing is better than doing nothing. That's purely emotional, though, and looking at it pragmatically we'd allow the status quo to go on indefinitely. The very fact that a more or less spontaneous revolution with no real figurehead could over throw the country (albeit with NATO intervention) goes to show how tenously even a dictator could hold control. It's overly naive to think that any less powerful group (and they are all much less powerful) could control the people.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  15. AlFetah

    CNN and all Western media censored the attack on Bani Walid by Libya's illegitimate government last Fall.

    March 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  16. chris

    Fareed,you are the worst of the lot. was it not you and wolf blitzer who led the propaganda,spin,and lies against gadaffi? now that Stevens is dead,killed by the same al-qaeda terrorist whom he and you lied for,you are now forced to print the truth!

    March 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Total2199

      It must be known that Fareed is a muslim Provocateur. That is all what he does....

      March 27, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • AWordToTheWise

      Wow chris – what an excellent comment. Well said.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
  17. Bob

    Why are they not helped by the international community? Quite simply because the intervention in Libya was not to protect civilians or to encourage human rights, rather it was to eliminate Ghaddafi for various reasons and to create a weak state so that its oil could be suitably exploited. The fact that Libya has now become an exporter of violence in the area as per Mali and Syria is neither here nor there. As I recall there was some connection alleged between the UK foreign minister of the time ( perhaps he still is ) and an oil company which seemed to get its feet on the ground surprisingly quickly there. Nikolas Sarkozy no doubt wanted Ghaddaffi and immediate family dead so that anyone who had direct knowledge of the alleged contributions by Ghaddaffi to him for his election campaign would be forever silent. So, no reason to be surprised by current lack of action – Libyans of any stripe are now not worth much.

    March 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • Brad

      assuming we went in to protect the oil, the global price of oil should have went down...but yet we are still paying record prices for gas.

      March 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  18. us_1776

    We would like to discuss the Libyan governing situation.

    But the right wingnuts go bezerk on their Benghazi marathons and you cannot have an intelligent conversation because of them.

    .

    March 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • AWordToTheWise

      So the "right wingnuts" are mindless because they WANT the truth. But you lefty liberals are somehow superior because you promote the whitewash?...........and accept the propaganda, as usual, without a squeak? C'mon – how old are you?

      March 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  19. sinci

    Ironic that CNN that always cheerleads war with all the rest of the mainstream media would play the concerned party now two years later. Did you scream about African mercenaries along with Al Jazeera? I hope not, but you probably did help fuel the race war that happened in Libya along with the Susan Rice, the president and all the rest. How disgusting and hypocritical to try to cover your tracks now CNN. Why didn't you mention that two years ago your beloved rebels in Libya had put up signs around Libya saying they would cleanse the land of the slaves? Some of your people were out there joy riding with these criminals and racists. I'm African-American and the whole lot of you disgust me.

    March 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  20. are122

    Have we forgotten about Libya? ....Hillary hopes so.

    March 27, 2013 at 1:33 am |
  21. Mike

    Are these arabs able to do anything on their own besides make life worse for themselves??????

    Why does anybody have to hold their hand for them to succeed at anything???

    March 27, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  22. John

    We also forgot about Egypt where they are killing and burning out Christians.

    March 27, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  23. NorCalMojo

    No one forgot about Libya. Everyone remembers.

    It can't be swept under the rug forever. Sooner or later, the US public will know the story.

    March 27, 2013 at 10:59 am |
  24. Andrey

    Libya, Kosovo – out of sight, out of mind! US and its EU allies spread "democracy" with sword and fire to suit their own agenda. Evil rules the world these days!

    March 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  25. Jay

    Every time there's confrontations between a milatary dictatorship and so-called rebels or freedom fighters the media sides with the underdogs with no regard of who they are or what they stand for. The reality is they stand for nothing other then to recklessly disrupt those in power. CNN: Lets side with the dictators next time. Better the devil you know.

    March 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  26. Maris

    What the US did in Libya is happening in Syria right now. The CIA provided some poor souls living there, $60 million and then millions more in weapons to overthrow their government. How could these already down-on-their-luck, people ever say no? So now that the US has secretly provided weapons (im sure some chemical weapons) and money, it's "getting into the wrong hands" and chemical weapons are being used by the opposition. STAGED. So this gives the US just what they need to take military action in the country and replace Assad with a US-Friendly leader. It has happened many times before in other countries & it's happening now. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

    March 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  27. Lex

    Obama doesn't give a damn. All he wants in life is a Democratic controlled House of Representatives and Senate.

    March 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  28. Brad

    Yes, people forgot about Libya...and the deadliest terror attack on the US since 2001 killing our Ambassador, two former Navy SEALS and another State Dept worker in a very long firefight in Benghazi last September, under Obama's watch.

    March 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
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