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April 5th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should Moammar Gadhafi be allowed to remain in Libya?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's little chance U.S. military involvement in Libya will be considered a success if Moammar Gadhafi is not removed from power.

President Obama has called on Gadhafi to step down over and over again. So has the United Nations and the opposition forces fighting Gadhafi in Libya have as well; but that hasn't happened and it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon.

A government spokesman for Gadhafi's regime said yesterday that Libya is ready to reform its political system and even hold democratic elections, but that Gadhafi will not step aside. The spokesman said the Libyan people must decide whether their leader for the past 42 years, Gadhafi, should stay in power.

Gadhafi's second son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, echoed all of this to the BBC in an interview today. He says sweeping changes are possible in Libya - But he scoffed at the idea of his family leaving the country or going into exile.

He told the BBC, "It's our country you want us to leave? To where? The Maldives? To the Caribbean? We are Libyans."

The Libyan government insists that the Gadhafi regime is not attacking civilians. Nobody believes that. And I don't think anyone is going to buy the "ready for reform" line either.

Here’s my question to you: Should Moammar Gadhafi be allowed to remain in Libya?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob:
No, he must be charged at The Hague for his crimes against the Libyan people. Better yet, he should be tried by Libyans and be hanged like Saddam Hussein.

Chris:
Having a son take the lead still means Dad is in charge. Nothing will change. The right course is for the UN to do their job, remove and destroy the killing machines, protect the citizens, and allow them the chance to elect their own leaders.

Don in Westport, Massachusetts:
Yes. In an unmarked grave.

Rick in Detroit, Michigan:
Gadhafi enjoys a higher popularity rate than any of our elected officials. Maybe we should just mind our own business.

Juan in Adana, Turkey:
Whatever is done here, here it should be paid. With this said, the dictator's fate should be up to the Libyan people, whether it is prison time or not.

Harold in Anchorage, Alaska:
Sure, a prison in Libya will do as well as a prison elsewhere.

Joe in Fort Walton Beach, Florida:
He ought to stay in Libya. If not, we will have him south of the border in Venezuela, which probably is the only country that might take him.

Mark in British Columbia:
Again, American imperialism never ceases to amaze me. Who are we to decide who is a leader of their people? You, Americans, are being misled by your government again. Libya is not a threat and neither is Iraq or Afghanistan to America. You want a war? Look at your southern border!

Kevin in California:
No, he needs a cruise ... missile that is.


Filed under: Libya
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Peg in NY

    No, but where do you put that sort of a human?!?

    April 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  2. David of Alexandria VA

    Sure - he should get free room and board for life at the Tripoli Penetentiary. Maybe he could be waterboarded as his daily recreational activity.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Paul Austin, Texas

    If he remains he should be held in a Libian prison where he sent the lucky ones he did not kill. Let him have a taste of his own medicine.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That should be a choice of the people, to make. The US should have no real say in that matter.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, that should be left up to the rebels to decide. We should not even be there in the first place.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Mike North Port, FL

    Jack,

    Whether or not the Libyan Lunatic remains in office is none of my business, however the people of Libya have spoken. They want him out. I believe the US should provide a well though out approach to assist the people of Libya without involving US troops. We should not be the world's 911 response force. It is not fair to parents or to our young people who volunteer to protect and defend the US Constitution. They did not sign on to overthrow dictators in the African desert!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  7. eli akerib

    If gadhafi remains in libya there will be more bloodshed. He needs to be removed by force and his family should be hunted down and arrested. His forces need to be destroyed completly using whatever firepower NATO has. The rebels also need to be aided with weapons and the continuation of coalition air strikes. Gadhafi must be removed ASAP

    April 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  8. Greg in Arkansas

    Allowed to remain....NO....Required to remain is more appropriate.

    His new residence should be an all expenses paid, life time vacation in an 8 x 10 "suite" at one of those "political dissident resorts" that he has managed for the last 40 years. He can spend the rest of his life reminiscing about how he has treated his people and writing his memoirs.

    Hanging for his crimes against humanity is too easy.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  9. Joe R - Houston

    Our problem is not Gadhafi's address, but learning to mind our own business.

    Gadhafi is a Libyan problem for them to decide.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  10. Syed Islam

    Hell No. He is insane, a moran who uses primitive rules to govern a modern generation of Tripoli. Even if he is kicked out of power and stay in Libya he will use his tribal connections to carry out murdering those who opposed him

    April 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Loren, Chicago

    Leaving Gadhafi in Libya would be the same as leaving Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Gadhafi has enough loyalists that Libya would never stabilize. If our goal is a stable democratic government, then Gadhafi needs to be gone.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Michael K., Canada

    No, Gadhafi is clearly a butcher and should be arrested for his war crimes and tribunal. He is like Doctor Evil from Austin Powers
    movies. Any leader who declares war against his own people should
    be removed from power as soon as possible.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  13. tom Doyle

    No Jack I don't. However. when Bush started his war in Iraq all of the Dems stood up and yelled "Nation Building". If the Libyan people want him out they should be the ones to throw him out. Why is it up to us?

    April 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  14. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Moammar Gadhafi should be allowed to remain in Libya only if he is placed on trail by the Libyan people for crimes against the people of Libya

    April 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Ed from California

    Jack, it's not our call. It's up to the Libyans if they want this poison to remain in country. With proper medication/counseling/a mom who loves him, he maybe alright. Without proper meds he needs to live elsewhere, in a Forrest where the nuts grow!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  16. james in greenville, nc

    Jack, it ain't any of my business! I will start worrying about it when the Libyans try to deport Wolf Blitzer? Until then we have enough on our plate!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  17. Bradley, Portland, OR

    That's up to the rebels, assuming they win, and their ability to find another country that will have him.

    It's not our problem, in any case.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  18. Olga Pina

    I don't care. Libyan people should decide, not us.

    Olga
    Austin, TX

    April 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  19. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    He ought to stay in Libya. If not we will have him south of the border in Venezuala. Which probably is the only country that might take him.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  20. John ......... Marlton, NJ

    Yes, he should be allowed to stay. So many ask that question as if they were speaking from some sort of authority that could do anything about it ...chuckle..chuckle ...
    The only people that need to be removed from any location in that part of the world are American Troops.. Pull them all out ..

    April 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  21. Lia, Florida

    The question should be: Where alse on earth would he even be allowed? The decision should be entirely up to the Libyans who claim to (1) want him kept alive, (2) and want him held accountable for the atrocities he's foisted upon them. That is, if we're to believe MSM reporting.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  22. Tina Tx

    Why are we over there where we do not belong? Yes Mommar is a bad & evil dictator but do we not have a full plate as I type? Leave him alone. Let his people take him out. If we are so after the evil dictators why are we not trying to take out Mr Kim? Mind our business and fix our sagging economy & bring home the soldiers because they are worn out. We are treating them like a borrowed mule.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  23. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Absolutely, gadhafi has done a good job as president compared to other african leaders. Libya has free heath care, free college education, and a 82% literacy rate. The u.s.military killed a million people in iraq, u.s. soldiers have admitted killing civilians in afghanistan and mutilating their bodies, cia drones are killing civlians in pakistan, truman nuked two japanese cities and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and we call gadhafi a madman. Just because a few anarchists armed by the cia want to overthrow him is no reason for him to leave. Would obama leave if a few armed tea party people started shooting up governemnt building and shouted we don't want you as president?

    April 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  24. John from Alabama

    Jack: No way!! Gadhafi can go somewhere else, but he can not stay in Libya. His presence in Libya would be terrible to any individuals or groups trying to promote democratic primciples. His croonies need to leave, also. Gadhafi can go to another country to live out his life in silence. Any problems Mr. Gadhafi can go to prison or be excuted. This includes his sons. Now, who wants Gadhafi? No one!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  25. Rich McKinney, Texas

    That is going to be up to the people of Libya to decide. They can have a good government or more of the same under another corrupt dictator. The choice is theirs.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  26. Ralph Spyer

    If enought Libyan people are willing to fight and die for Moammar Gadhafi he will remain . If France and Itality want to steal Libya oil bad enought they could start a civil war. If BP with all there money ,they could get out of bed with Moammar Gadhafi and arm the other side,who ever they are? If Obama could get relected by killing him the CIA has done it before.IF,IF,IF

    April 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  27. Mark in BC

    Again, American imperialism never stops to amaze me. Who are we to decide who is a leader of their people? You Americans are being mislead by your gov't again. LOL Libya is not a threat and neither is Iraq or Afganistan to America. You want a war, look at our sothern border!
    Mark

    April 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  28. Larry P..

    (Pasadena, Ca.) Sure, why not? He'd make a great reform fundraiser, manacled into medivel "stocks", with a fee charged to any Libyan citizen who wants to deliver a swift kick. The transitional government would raise a small fortune!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  29. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    No, Jack. Internationally he has caused trouble time and time again. Neither do I think we should send our military or 200 Tomahawk missles. Just as we should have done in Iraq, never send 150,000 men and two trillion dollars to do what 100 men could do with no publicity. If asked what happened or if we had anything to do with it, we could say that it may have been a gas leak, and then shut up.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  30. Bernie Levy from Binghamton

    Gadhafi Does not want to stay in Libya. He'd rather either go down in flames or escape to a friendly country like Brazil. He is not rational, so you shouldn't expect him to make an inteligent decision. Every intelligent person, including me, wants him gone. A good way to get rid of him would be to transport him to the Hague to be tried as a war criminal. Then it would b e "Goodbye, Gahafi." Amen!

    Bernie from Binghamton

    April 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  31. Kim Smith

    Who gives a flying fur ball? We would be better off worrying about our own local parasites, like Goldman Sachs and friends robbing us blind while we are distracted by such non-issues as Libya.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  32. Juan Nieves

    Whatever is done here, here it should be paid. With this said, the dictator's fate should be in the Libyan people, whether it is prison time or not.

    Juan Nieves

    Adana, Turkey

    April 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  33. Carl

    Jack,

    In my opinion, it's not up to us, the United States. This is for the people of Libya to decide. We need to stop being the police of the world and concentrsate on our own problems, don't you think?

    April 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  34. RickFromDetroit

    Gadhafi enjoys a higher popularity rate than any of our Elected Officials, maybe we should just mind our own business.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  35. honest John in Vermont

    If he stays in Libya he and his gang will only undermine any new goverment. Gitmo could offer accomodations but the people of Libya should decide what they want to do with him and Mommar belongs in Libya. No reason for him to live a luxurious life on the Riveria. I'm sure they could construct a suitable prison for him in the desert.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  36. Bill in Western North Carolina

    The money and power says he will stay.

    His grip on power is supported by untold strength, his vast wealth and many international businesses favored by Moammar. These captains of business will decide. Do not wast your time thinking there is another way the decision will be or has been made.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  37. JEFF SCHOFIELD

    yes.....he would then be assassinated......his family would also be done in......

    April 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  38. Dave in Cincinnati

    Joe R in Houston – I agree with you. Our willingness to interfere in matters not our own has caused most of our post WW2 problems. In Washington's farewell address he implored us not to get involved in the affairs of other states. He was right then and is still right today.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  39. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Gadhafi WILL remain, unless/until someone puts boots on the ground. The civil war will continue, more people will die, civilians and combatants, until some country with vital interests, like France/Italy puts soldiers in there to train, equip the rebels, and provide leadership. The rebels are a rabble, and Gadhafi is adapting his troops into guerilla fighting groups so the UN can't tell them from the rebels. Stalemate!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  40. Scott Stodden

    Absolutly Not! This Man Is A Dictator Who Kills His Own People Yes He Kills His Own People And He Is Just Plain Crazy So Yes He Must Go Now, If I Was President I Would Bomb Him Until He Turned Up Dead, Moammar Gadahfi Is A Disgusting Human Being Who Should Be Wiped Off The Face Of The Earth!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  41. Karl in Mich

    Only if they have a facility that can give him his daily prescribed dose of Thorazine and he is allowed to shuffle back and forth mumbling and drooling. Most every country has a place like that. Of course then make it a tourist attraction so the world can see him at his finest.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  42. Roger from Albion PA

    Well, he's going to need a job and since we need help winning the war in Afghanistan, maybe we could bring him here and hire him as a consultant. Since he's a brilliant enough military strategist to embarrass NATO he shouldn't have any trouble defeating a few terrorists.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  43. Brandon

    He shouldn't be allowed to stay in Libya. He deserves to be in a jail, and tried for war crimes. His sanity is also something the court may want to evaluate.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  44. Dr. Paul Palm

    Of course he should stay in Libya. Where else would he be executed?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  45. Luke Leffler

    Yes!!! I can't afford any higher prices at the pump!!! It didn't work on Milosevic in 1999 and it's not going to work now in Libya in 2011!!!! We are wasting time, energy, and money!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  46. Ainsley Muller

    Moot point – in case you haven't noticed, the US already tried. Real question should have been: "What is left for the US to do to get rid of him".

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  47. frank dileo

    absolutely not! anyone remember iraq? after this episode is over and he remains in power we will be back there to remove him to save face just like last time

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  48. Mike Pruett

    The only way Moammar Gadhafi should remain in Libya is in a BOX. This should include his sons.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  49. Carol Hillson

    No. Not unless his brain and organs join his humanity and completely cease to function.If he's still breathing, he needs to leave.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  50. Glenn

    Hi Jack,
    Sure, he should be allowed to stay, in a prison cell until he is tried and executed at the Hague for crimes against humanity! Thanks for keeping us thinking!
    Glenn
    Southport, NC.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  51. James Sarna

    Yes Jack, in the same prisons where he has imprisoned his political opponents.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  52. Reg D

    Yes!! Let him and his family stay there. Let’s see how long he’ll live… Good riddance!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  53. chris

    No, the US should drop leaflets on Tripoli tell the residents to run and hide and then Bomb them thill they surender...to bad but enough is enough. then send in enough NATO troops to get the family....

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  54. terry g from Cozumel,mexico

    Yeah,in jail. Or if he wants the caribbean,send him to Guantanamo. He will have lots of friends there.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  55. Sharon (Savanna, Illinois

    Let 'em stay-I'd like to see the Gadhafi family stand trial.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  56. Brian

    Gadhafi must go & must go now, if the U.S. doesnt want to put troops on the ground or invade another Muslim country, then put the wheels in motion & let France & the rest of the allies get the job done. Till then things are only going to get worse.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  57. Steve from Los Angeles

    Yes, he should be able to stay. There are many other dictators out there that have committed much more brutal atrocities against their people, yet we haven't asked them to leave. To be blunt, a majority of muslims in the Middle East don't like us, and this will undoubtedly fuel the fire of anti-American sentiment in the region. Selective policing on our part, based on economical interests, under the guise of humanity, is just plain wrong.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  58. louise wilson

    9/11 will be a soft mark compared to the wrath from Gadahfi [and his 72 names]. His human shields now are a warning of things to come. If NATO cannot contain him now there is no hope for us in about 11 days.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  59. nikki

    OK..didn't we go over this like when the war started...the end should be getting gadaffi out..he should stay in libya like Saddam Hussein in IRAQ !! a corpse...only tat will be justice for all the innocent lives tat were taken n tortured !!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  60. Tom

    Jack, assuming Col. Gadhafi and his sons escape the turmo8l and regime change with their lives, where they should and hopefully will end up is the Hague.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  61. Dave

    Gadhafi should be sent to the "Saudi camp for dictators" along with his Arab league dictator buddies, ASAP!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  62. Louis in Los Angeles

    Jack,
    Only in a Libyan prison. And for those people who say we should stay out of this, I have four words for you: Pan Am Flight 103.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  63. Natalia (New Jersey)

    Are you kidding...? Gaddafi & his family committed crimes against humanity...They should be tried & in prison..Someone wrote: A family that slays together, stays together....

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  64. Tenly

    Please leave Gadhafi alone, we have higher priority problems that require immediate attention, example the economy, energy self sufficiency , jobs.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  65. Frank

    Who cares Jack, We should have taken him out when we had the chance!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  66. Paul Demennato

    Absolutely, he and his sons should each be given plots of good Libyan earth six feet down in the local cemetary where they cannot create problems for the Libyan people.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  67. John Moore - New Britain, PA

    No, but is is up to the Libyans to do the work. Democracy only works if it is from the ground up – the people have to want it enough to make it happen. Is it OK to help them – off course. America had lots of help fighting the Redcoats.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  68. abdul

    most diffenetly not, who wants brutal dictator and a muderer to lead a nation that being slaughtered for 42 years. He should be killed or brought to justic along with the whole entire family and pay the price for all the victims of pam103 over scottland.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Bert

    Good Lord, No! But,perhaps,yes, in a spiderhole. You don't leave the explosive intact if you're planning to defuse a bomb!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  70. ron

    Hell no! He should be exiled along with his family. Forty-two years is enough! I suspect there may be vacancies at Guantanamo?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  71. Khadeeja

    No ... Not at all... However does he even deserve to stay in any country ... his is not human and his actions speak for how mad he has gone... I want gadaffi out not only him but his family ... Libya deserves to be free and peaceful but it never will while G and his family are there... they are walking murderers on international TV... too many have been killed by this 'thing' and it needs to stop by Gadaffi gone !

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  72. ulises

    yes, the prize goes to the winner like it or not , it looks like he's beating
    the Obama

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  73. Wayne From Denver

    Jack...Khadafi is not going anywhere!!! We wasted millions of dollars on this war, like Iraq and Afghanistan and nothing changes. NATO will do nothing and neither will we. Let's just pray for his victims .

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  74. Javan

    Ofcourse, Gaddaffi should be left stay in power since he's open for some sweeping democracy change. Change is hard!!!! Nato should leave Lybyans solve there own problems.

    Javan
    Texas.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  75. Gary H. Boyd

    Yes, in an unlighted 6 by 8 foot cell with no windows, a straw filled mattress, a hole in the floor for sanitation, a pail of water Two towels, and piped in music playing America's national Anthem 24/7.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  76. Dan

    Sure IF he is willing to go threw the pain that he is puting on his fellow lybians. Kick him around a lil an see if he dont change.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  77. Bob Chupp

    Jack, Sure Gadhafi should be allowed to live in Libya, after all we allow G.W. Bush to stay here. Look what he did to this country!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  78. dave opasik

    Not only should he stay put he should be forced to clean the toilets and wash the feet of the oppressed. All his treasures should be split amongst the poor and if he refuses then I know a pastor in Florida who wouild love to meet him.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Robert D.

    We have more problems to worrying about here in America. Yes he should be allowed to stay in Libya. They all have free education, free medical care and etc., because of him. He should fight to the end to stay in his own country that he helped build.
    New Jersey

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  80. george esch

    yes of course after all it"s their country of birth. but, it should be 6" down in soiled cardboard boxes.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  81. Robert Seaton

    This thought is for the same reason Saddam should have been left alone, we Americans cannot dictate who is in power in other countries. If Gadhifi has to go, then North Korean leader should too along with China, Iran, and so many Africans Country leaders, where do we stop?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  82. William Vancouver Wa.

    I don't believe Ghadhafi or his son should allowed to be anywhere. If he is allowed to go anywhere other than jail, we better get ready for another 9-11 or a close facsimile thereof.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  83. Frank

    Typical of any despot who tries to find ways of skirting the inevitable. Making the " sweeping reforms" at the hands of his two sons with him staying in the background, is akin to waving a carrot on the end of a rusty barbed hook.
    After over four decades of repression of his people and the unexplained disappearences of his detractors, the best that could happen to him is to be released into the desert with his meds and an empty canteen..

    April 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  84. Amina

    No! This madman has killed so many people and ruined so many lives! I mean c'mon, even Voldemort didn't kill 1,200 people in one night!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  85. Chris

    Having a son take the lead still means dad is in charge. Nothing will change. The right course is for the UN to do their job, remove/destroy the killing machines, protect the citizens, and allow them the chance to elect their own leaders

    April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  86. RickFromDetroit

    The US Government slaughters 45,000 of its own citizens every year over our health care system and they are trying to increase this figure with budget cuts. Why are we so concerned about the handful of Rebels that Gadhafi kills, and I have not heard of any reports of water boarding by the Libyan Government.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  87. Coco Treehouse

    No. He needs to leave the poor libyans alone they have suffered enough from him. Please leave our country Gaddafi we do not consider you Libyan after waging war on your own people.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  88. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I don't think it's a question of where he resides; it's a question of when and where he dies. All the defections from the Gadhafi camp make it clear that even his own people know it's time for him to go. The only people still supporting him are either too scared to publicly abandon him, being paid off, or as crazy as he is. Sooner or later someone's going to get off a lucky shot. That's when the real power struggle begins. And that's what the rest of the world should be worried about. Will we be dealing with someone better or worse?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  89. Jeff In Minnesota

    Sure why not? Why should he be anyone else's problem but Libya's? Why do we give these dictators asylum? Let the Libyians deal with him.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  90. kanwar

    Gadafi and his family must leave the country.If gadafi give power to his son,it will not make any difference to country.I think situation will be more worst and he will start slaughtering his apposition rebels to control the power.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  91. MushuThaLohari

    There is no place for him or his spawn in Libya. One-way ticket to Hell is the best solution.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  92. Dennis

    It's the Libyans business. Why not ask Libyans if Obama should be removed from office?? Who cares.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Gigi Oregon

    That decision should be Libya's decision. I hope it would be in prison for life, so he could reap what he as sow-en.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  94. ilham bashir

    with all his crimes against humanity both inside and outside of libya one asks where can you put a monster like this, 6 feet under is a start

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  95. Jamal tripoli

    NO Not Even his Ashes, would you allow a murderer to live in your house ?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  96. Jacqueline Mongeot

    It is not up to us to decide. Perhaps, his 7 sons are thinking about it though. They might believe it is their turn to take his place.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  97. Janet Davis

    My answer is NO Gadafee should br removed. The quicker the better for the Middle East and the West in my view. The whole family should pack their bags, Why are they still in Lybia at all. A Democratic Government needs to be set up. And Libya should be shown as an example. Both for ridding itself of a corrupt regime, and as a message to the rest of the Middle East that is behaving badly. A democratic society in Libya would be in sync maybe with Egypt. How else is peace to bought about in the Middle east if this is not done? Get rid of the Gadafee family.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  98. Amena Shermadou

    good joke. that murderer should have no future of being at peace anywhere but a jail cell at the ICC. or he can be publicly hung. i choose option 2. but there is NO WAY gadhafi or anyone related to him will be staying in libya.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  99. steve - virginia beach

    It's none of our business any more than it's other countries' business to decide whether Barack Obama should be allowed to stay in the United States.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  100. Phil, Georgia

    No! Ghadaphi should be lucky to have any kind of safe haven to go into rather than being charged for slaughtering Lybians. And there is no way the son can step into leadership because he was the main one calling for the killings.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  101. ke

    NO!! Why does everyone say it is up to the Libyan people to decide? They have decided and are trying to take action. It's easy for us to sit in our armchairs in American and tell them to take action....they can't even walk across the street without getting shot at. Did the Jewish people have a choice with Hitler? Or the Italians with Mussolini? Gaddaffi has massacred thousands of Libyans and tortured thousands more. Doesn't this qualify as "crimes against humanity"? Our government has taken a stance and should stand strong against this madman!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  102. A,Rustum

    yes but only for trial, otherwise no he should never remain on the libyan soil,,,but than who would accept such guy?? so i go back to my first option "stay in libya for trial"

    April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  103. thom richer

    Jack,

    Gadhafi is a tyrant, a pervert, a murderer, sadist, and war criminal. He belongs nowhere but six feet under the desert sand of Libya. It is known and proven that he has committed war crimes and mass murders among many other atrocities worthy of the death penalty. Trials are not necessary in his case and money should not be wasted. Being a criminal at large, it is beyond my imagination why he is not a targeted man and a reward his not offered for his capture or death is not on the table by NATO or the U.S.. Why is he protected when others who have committed lesser and fewer crimes hunted down and locked up for life or executed? The simple fact that the U.S. has supported this maniac for so many years and even allowed him to roam our city streets openly and freely is a war crime in itself and should be investigated and held accountable in court. We, our government officials, have aided and abetted a known criminal and are guilty by association.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  104. Tawfik Mansurey

    That's just the kind of rhetoric question that Kadhafi the madman would like to ask. You sound like Kadhafi's mouthpiece. CNN Your question should be how long will the massacre, abduction and systemic rape of the Libyan people continue????

    April 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  105. Biar

    Jake,
    Gadhafi was born in Libya, he should die in Libya like Saddam Hussein. It would be great for Libyan people trial him at their court like Saddam. Kalamazoo MI

    April 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  106. Aisha Mansurey

    Free education, Free health care ??? Its one lousy excuse for health care and education for that matter. besides Libya's income daily from oil was 150 million! YES 150 Million per day ,Gadaffi wasnt paying it out of his pocket ,its money that belonged to the Libyans.30% of Libyans living under the poverty line.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  107. Zack

    What would be wrong or rather would there be any wrongdoing of gaddafi were to be wiped out of the face of the earth?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  108. Mike

    Should Moammar Gadhafi be allowed to remain in Libya?

    Well now let me think -– only if he is buried there tomorrow together with his evil brood. Simples:)

    April 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  109. mikea,lakewood,co

    why would Libya keep a fox in their hen house to watch the chickens? the only way he can remain in Lybia is with a wooden overcoat.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  110. Hasan Misherghi

    As I Libyan my self, I think that we should give him a fair trial. He would most likely be sentenced to death. Hanging him seems to easy. He really should suffer. However, I'm not a lunatic like he is. I would just execute him the quickest way possible, get him out of the way, then move on.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  111. Rodney Cabana Ottawa Ontario

    Drop his lifeless body off a ship, attach a cement block to his neck and let him sink to the bottom of the sea. But not the Meditteranean.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  112. yaad man

    Yes, Only the Libyan people that Quadaffi rules and live amongst can demand that he flee's his homeland! No leader, of no nation nor hypocritic organization; ie (UN / Nato) have the right to insist on such a request. If you are the rightful (however legitimate) ruler of a nation and there are civilians, thugs and rogue military / bandits take over a city and threaten the peace of your nation! You have all right to restore order and civil law to your land, by all means within reason.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  113. Ellie Colling

    I do not understand all the talk, the money spent, the people killed and the confusion. A mercenary, a hit man whatever it takes should have been sent over there and assinated him. It would be cheaper, and all the people who lost their lives over this fool would not have families morning their deaths.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  114. Gus from CA

    Yes, the only pragmatic solution. To insist he stays means many lives lost overthrowing him, and terrorist activity by his loyalists after any overthrow. Let them go wherever they can negotiate refuge. Then the rebels peaceably walk into Tripoli and set up a government. Substantial Western help will be required to get up and going. Technical stuff. Much of the funding should be Mid Eastern oil money. It should not be said we bought them off. We must insure that American "contractors" do not abuse the situation causing even more of a black eye. We must walk with the angels, as it were.

    Long term strategy is a lasting friendly relationship with Libya. We need Arab friends and counter weights to Al Queda propaganda. Same for Egypt.

    We should be more interested in a bloodless stable regime change than retribution.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |