CNN Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The view of Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi's regime that there is a cease-fire noted; inset video shown. [From Misrata, in interview, LIBYAN - says we are being attacked by Kadhafi's tanks and artillery; states Kadhafi wants to kill everyone by force and we want freedom; wants international air attacks.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jill Dougherty, Johns Hopkins University professor Fouad Ajami and author Bob Baer about Libya. [By phone, DOUGHERTY - says the mission is to stop violence against civilians, freeze Kadhafi's advance and then tighten the noose in other ways to get him to step down.] [AJAMI - comments on President Obama's decision to stop staying away from Libya and draw a line for Kadhafi; explains why Libya is different from the other Arab states with unrest because Kadhafi is a mad man; indicates we have a reluctant president who has now been drawn into action.] [BAER - says we have to not let Benghazi fall, we need regime change there for stability and we need someone on the ground.] [By phone, DOUGHERTY - outlines US concerns about the scenarios for Libya.]