Mideast Panel: Libya Unrest's Worldwide Impact

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Anti-government forces in Libya are slowly eroding dictator Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year grip on the North African nation.

Pro-democracy groups, including several mutinous army units, have gained control on the eastern half of the country as well as some cities in the west and much of Libya's oil infrastructure.

In Benghazi, the country's second largest city, opposition leaders have taken the first steps to setting up an independent government, while Gadhafi remains entrenched in Tripoli with troops loyal to his regime. 

Meanwhile, international pressure is building on the Libyan dictator to cease his bloody crackdown on the country's protesters. Already, the European Union and the United Nations have declared arms embargos and other sanctions on the Gadhafi regime.

"Governments that turn their guns on their own people have no place in this chamber," U.S. Secretary of State Clinton told the U.N.'s Human Rights Council Monday.

Clinton added that the U.S. would continue to "explore all options ... nothing is off the table" in dealing with Libya's human rights abuses.

Our roundtable of experts - including CBN News International Correspondents George Thomas and Gary Lane, CBN News Sr. Correspondent Paul Strand, and Middle East Expert Dr. David Meyer - discussed the tumultuous situation unfolding in the region and its implications for the U.S. and the world, on CBN News Channel's Midday News, Feb. 28.

Topics included:

  • In recent weeks, the world several nations including Tunisia and Egypt fall to pro-democracy demonstrations. International Correspondents George Thomas and Gary Lane discuss how much farther these protests could spread.
  • Can democratic rule thrive in the presence of Islam? Regent University's Dr. David Meyer, an expert on the Mideast and Islam, explains. Meyer shared additional thoughts on the matter later in the program. Click here for those comments.
  • With oil and gas prices skyrocketing, has the Obama administration been too slow in its response to current Mideast turmoil? CBN News Washington Sr. Correspondent Paul Strand examines what's being done to combat rising costs.

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