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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 02/23/2011

World leaders, U.S. political heavyweights react to unrest in Libya

By Emi Kolawole

Updated 6:04 p.m.:

The violent uprising in Libya has produced more than a few reactions from current and former world leaders as well as political heavyweights, some of whom are considering a 2012 presidential bid. We'll be collecting reactions here as we get them.

President Obama spoke out against the violence in Libya Wednesday, calling the bloodshed in the North African nation "outrageous" and "unacceptable" and saying he has asked his administration to "prepare a full range of options" to respond to the crisis.

The Post's Felicia Sonmez collected reaction from members of congress Wednesday, denouncing Gaddafi and condemning the violence.

The Associated Press reports that Russian president Dimitri Medvedev said the following in televised comments Tuesday:

These states are difficult, and it is quite probable that hard times are ahead, including the arrival at power of fanatics. This will mean fires for decades and the spread of extremism.

AP also reports that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro urged caution Tuesday, saying, "You can agree or not with Gaddafi. The world has been invaded by all sorts of news ... We have to wait the necessary time to know with rigor how much is fact or lie." Castro also said the unrest may serve as pretext for a NATO invasion. In contrast to Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has remained quiet on the issue, while the Bolivian government released a statement expressing concern for "the regrettable loss of many lives."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to reporters' questions Tuesday. During her opening remarks she called the "bloodshed completely unacceptable." In response to one reporter's question, however, Clinton was a bit more forceful:

I think that the message today is very clear and unambiguous from the entire international community: There is no ambivalence, there is no doubt in anyone's mind, that the violence must stop and that the government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of all of its citizens and to support the exercise of those rights.

Clinton was online Wednesday to field questions from Egyptian youths.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin also posted to her Facebook pageTuesday evening, criticizing the Obama administration's response to the crisis:


It's a little perplexing looking at the White House today. There was a statement on the horrible earthquake in New Zealand, and certainly our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrible natural disaster. But nothing on the slaughter in Libya?

Palin went on to write that Gaddafi was "a brutal killer" and that he was "Osama before Osama hit the scene."

Staff writers Melissa Bell and Sam Sanders contributed to this post.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 23, 2011; 11:22 AM ET
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Comments

I don't suppose Sarah Palin and the rest of the Rethugs know how ignorant they sound when they make comments such as the one Palin made.

She and the rest of the Rethugs have been chanting and echoing Islamic terrorist hate rants for year's and I guess "ALL" Rethugs are now lover's of Islam.

As if... they really give a damn about the Libyan people or any other Muslim country.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Except our President.

Qaeda sets up "Islamic Emirate", Libya deputy FM saysGaddafi ordered Lockerbie bombing: Ex-minister

Posted by: kalamere | February 23, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin's opinion on Libya (or any other subject) is as intellectually grounded as Punxsatawney Phil on climate change. While pundits pontificate at 750 words per pop on the editorial page, she takes hours to compose 140 characters on Twitter, and the WaPo thinks it's newsworthy?

What ever happened to editorial judgment, people?

Posted by: adreed | February 23, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin on Libya via facebok? Wow! We get an education from the uneducated and uninterested to have it broadcast on Wapo.

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 23, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on! Does veryone love to hate Palin so much that they HAVE to keep mentioning her????

Anyway....though I wouldn't normally give consideration to what Russia and more particularly Cuba and Venezuela have to say about the middle east, Castro does make a..good...point. Oh that was hard! Caution is good.

Although we really failed in not getting rid of him before now, and he is a nutcase. We cannot expect the Libyan military to have humanistic feelings and side with the people like in Egypt. Some one will probably have to get involved. Not Obama. Maybe the UN can grow a set? Oh wait that's us too. Hmmmm.

Posted by: hebe1 | February 23, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on! Does veryone love to hate Palin so much that they HAVE to keep mentioning her????

Anyway....though I wouldn't normally give consideration to what Russia and more particularly Cuba and Venezuela have to say about the middle east, Castro does make a..good...point. Oh that was hard! Caution is good.

Although we really failed in not getting rid of him before now, and he is a nutcase. We cannot expect the Libyan military to have humanistic feelings and side with the people like in Egypt. Some one will probably have to get involved. Not Obama. Maybe the UN can grow a set? Oh wait that's us too. Hmmmm.

Posted by: hebe1 | February 23, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

On a side note Sarah Palin today blamed Barrak Obama for the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 23, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

On a side note Sarah Palin today blamed Barrack Obama for the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 23, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Jay Carney announced during the daily press briefing that President Obama would speak Wednesday evening or Thursday on the situation in Libya." Nice to feel that sense of urgency from the White House as Gaddafi mows down the unarmed protesters in search of the freedom we are always selling. I am sure any day now we will send support to the Hungarians we encouraged in 1956.

Posted by: kelly123 | February 23, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

And just what would the Cow from the North Country recommend? I know! Another war! Let's invade Libya!

Posted by: Casey1 | February 23, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising that leaders of Russia, Cuba and Venezuela have trepidations about what's going on in ME. They are all dictators themselves.

Posted by: stheday | February 23, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Up until recently, Palin thought Libya was where Liberals came from.

Posted by: fiveinchtaint | February 23, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Please, Sarah Palin a U.S. political heavyweight? In what universe?

Posted by: kratt52 | February 23, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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