Tensions continue overseas

Gunfire continues to ring through the streets of Libya's capital, with leader Moamar Gaddafi pledging to fight on to the "last drop of blood." YNN's Bill Carey says, outside of Libya, governments are pondering what their next step should be.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The world is outside looking in, trying to figure out just what is happening inside Libya, amid reports of brutal crackdown with security forces turning guns, even fighter jets, against protestors and leaving hundreds dead.


Members of the UN Security Council have begun talk on a next step to deal with Moamar Gaddafi, who shows no signs of giving up. The response will very probably be in the form of words, not deeds.


"There's very little you can do and it's probably pretty risky to try to do something to intervene militarily or with human beings in a situation where you've got the army killing its people. This is so horrific, however, that I think that the world needs to direct its attention on this particular country and demand that Gaddafi step down," said William Smullen.


And even in a case as desperate as this, there are questions of what comes next.


"The challenge is, if he is going to leave, to channel that energy into a democracy as opposed to some kind of Islamic fundamentalist dictatorship like what happened in Iran," said Senator Charles Schumer.


Schumer says economic sanctions may help move the future Libya in the right direction.


No matter what may happen to the Moamar Gaddafi regime, very few expect the upheaval in the region to end in Libya. The genie is out of the bottle, they say. And in this case, the genie is democracy.


"It's an amazing thing. With the ability of people to communicate with one another, the hope is that these kind of brutal dictators won't have sway. And maybe it will even help people throw off the yoke in Iran, which would be a great thing for America," Schumer said.


"I'm an optimist. I think that, indeed, this is going to settle things down in a way that is going to stabilize that region. I think that this, indeed, when all is said and done, could be a good thing for the world, at large," Smullen said.


With the speed of events, the toughest approach may be patience.

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