The West appears to be edging towards a military confrontation with Libya as the U.S. has positioned warships in the region and U.K. leaders talk about a creating a no-fly zone over the North African nation.
The move came as Saudi Arabia sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain Tuesday to help the Libyan government keep pro-democracy rallies from getting out of control.
Meanwhile, Iran is trying to quell its own anti-government upheaval. Riot police in Tehran used tear gas and batons Tuesday against pro-democracy demonstrators angry over the arrest of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi.
CBN News' Erick Stakelbeck, Chris Mitchell, John Waage, George Thomas, and Lee Webb devoted the entire CBN Midday programming to analysis of the intense situation in the Middle East.
Click play to watch part one of their discussion. Watch more of their comments below:
The Obama administration has called the leaders' detention "unacceptable."
"We call on them to be treated well and released," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Tehran for pursuing "policies of violence abroad and tyranny at home."
"Why do people have the right to live free from fear in Tripoli, but not in Tehran?" she asked.