Fear of Libyan Civil War Continues to Rise

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People are leaving Libya by the thousands as the threat of civil war continues to grow in the country.

U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said more than 180,000 people have reached the border, and nearly 78,000 had crossed east from Libya to Egypt.  Another 30,000 are still waiting to cross into neighboring Tunisia.

Flemming said many of the refugees are "terrified" because of the violent crackdown on protestors in Libya.

Meanwhile, opponents of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi repelled an attack Wednesday by loyal Libyan forces trying to retake a key coastal oil installation.  At least six people were killed in the fighting.

The battle went back and forth as artillery shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes.

The assault on the Brega oil port was the first major regime counteroffensive against the opposition-held eastern half of Libya. The local population has been backed by mutinous army units who rose up and drove out the regime's rule. The fighting has lasted for two weeks.

Jonathan Schanzer is the vice president of research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He discussed the situation in Libya on the CBN News Channel's Midday News, Mar. 2. The FDD is a non-partisan policy institute founded shortly after 9/11 which aims to promote pluralism, defend democratic values, and challenge the ideologies that threaten democracy.

Topics discussed by Schanzer included:

  • Why Libyan oil matters so much to the world markets.
  • Schanzer's prediction for the next government of Libya.
  • If U.N. sanctions really work during a time of revolution.
  • If the unrest in the Arab world will spread to Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

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