Obama breaks silence, condemns Libya crackdown

President Barack Obama speaks about Libya while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens in the White House in Washington February 23, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous” crackdown by Libyan security forces on protesters and said Washington would work with international partners to hold Muammar Gaddafi’s government accountable.

Editors Note: Notice the silence was broken just two days after this article? We wonder if there is a connection? Probably not, but it seems a remarkable concurrence of events. Article

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IshmaelFYI: Ishmael is the son of Abraham through Hagar, the maid of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
Ishmael is the Biblical father of the Arab nations.
From these nations came Mohammad, who in approximately 632 a.d founded the Religion of Islam.
The Religion is divided into two main groups, The Sunni’s and The Shiite’s. These two are engaged in a battle to gain control of the religion.
The Shiite branch claims its right to control because Ali, its founder, was the nephew of Mohammad.
While the Sunni branch claims its right to control because its founders were the generals in-charge when Mohammad died.
It is reported that the Muslim Brotherhood is a Sunni based organization.
The battle continues to this very day.
The verse below is speaking directly concerning Ishmael and the nations that would come from this direct descendent of Abraham.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12


“…upon the earth distressStrongs 4928: sunoche, soon-okh-ay´; from 4912; restraint, i.e. (figuratively) anxiety: — anguish, distress. of nations, with perplexityStrongs 640: aporia, ap-or-ee´-a; from the same as 639; a (state of) quandary:—perplexity.
Strongs 639: aporeo, ap-or-eh´-o; from a compound of 1 (as a negative particle) and the base of 4198; to have no way out, i.e. be at a loss (mentally):— (stand in) doubt, be perplexed
—Luke 21:25

“The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters,” Obama said in his first public comments on the violence in Libya.

He did not directly criticize Gaddafi and he stopped short of backing sanctions against the oil-producing North African country.

Obama, the first U.S. president to meet Gaddafi, has faced criticism in some quarters for not speaking out sooner, but U.S. officials say they have tempered their response to ensure thousands of Americans in Libya can be safely evacuated.

“We are doing everything we can to protect American citizens. It is my highest priority,” Obama said at the White House.

Obama spoke as a U.S.-government chartered ferry prepared to evacuate Americans and other foreigners to the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The U.S. government estimates there are several thousand Americans living in Libya. Most hold dual citizenship with about 600 carrying U.S. passports only.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said high seas were delaying the ferry’s departure. “Citizens are safe on board. It will leave when the weather permits,” he tweeted.

After days of cautious statements on the turmoil in Libya, U.S. officials steadily ratcheted up their rhetoric on Wednesday.

Crowley said sanctions and freezing Libyan assets, including those belonging to Gaddafi, were among the options being considered by the United States.

Sanctions alone would not have much impact — U.S. exports to Libya were only $665 million in 2010, while U.S. aid amounted to less than $1 million. Analysts say getting international agreement on such measures will likely be difficult and take time.

Obama said he had ordered his national security team to prepare the full range of options for dealing with the crisis.

“It is imperative that the nations and peoples of the world speak with one voice,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Caren Bohan, Phil Stewart, Matt Spetalnick, Jeff Mason, Paul Eckert, Andrew Quinn and Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Ross Colvin; Editing by Philip Barbara)

  1. Janine, 26 February, 2011

    “It is imperative that the nations and peoples of the world speak with one voice,” he said. This statement from Obama made my hair stand up on end. New world order, one world currency, here we come!

  2. Ernest, 26 February, 2011

    It feels like America is trapped in a nightmare! I still have a hard time accepting this guy is really OUR president! Elections have consequences! We are doomed!

    This president is not America’s Problem! Sin is America’s problem and President Obama is a very real representation of just how far down the slippery slope America has slid.

    Isa 5:20 NASB Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

    America is reaping what it has sown! There are bitter days ahead in America’s future, very bitter days, indeed!

  3. David Hammond, 26 February, 2011

    Very well put Ernest.

  4. Lorne Marr, 27 February, 2011

    There really needs to be the joint effort of the most powerful countries to prevent another genocide from happening in Libya. They should avoid the mistakes made during the military intervention in Rwanda when a lot of time was wasted before the leaders finally decided to act.

  5. Dale Langmade, 02 March, 2011

    There may be something to the editor’s note connecting President Hussein’s denouncement of Libya with the fatwa issued by Yusuf al-Qardari against Kadhafi. In keeping with protocol the president would wait for his spiritual leadership to give him guidence.

    Ernest: Might not the judgement that is coming on America, though grievious, be a positive thing? If we are allowed to continue without judgement we will wind up like Tyre or Sodom, altogether exterminated. Chastiement will be painful, but it may be the only thing that will keep the American church from total apostasy. At least, we might be more careful when we vote.

  6. Tra, 03 March, 2011

    If we believe God’s prophecy as per Revelation;
    George Bush played his role in bringing us to a certain point in Biblical prophecy/times.
    President Obama is fulfilling his role also in these days, It would not matter who was sitting in the oval office.
    None of what we are seeing is missing from Scripture. God’s word is true. Wishing will not change anything. However, we are called to seek His justice, proclaim His word and draw closer to Him.
    Pray for strength to face our future as true Christians. Be about His work.

  7. jlmn, 22 March, 2011

    People! Read Nahum 3 & just let your hearts ponder upon the words! I was shocked!

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