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'People on the street' talk Libya with WTOP

Tuesday - 4/5/2011, 5:41pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Last week, President Obama addressed the nation justifying U.S. and NATO involvement in Libya. But did he make his case?

WTOP asked people on the street how they felt about the American commitment in a third war against a Muslim country. The opinions were controversial.

"There is a legitimate humanitarian crisis in Libya," says Richard A. Hyde. He believes that U.S. and NATO involvement has prevented gruesome civilian deaths.

"I am glad I am not the president," says this woman who just got back from grocery shopping. Nevertheless, she supports President Obama's choice to get involved in Libya and defends his case as reasoned and rational judgment."

Disagreement between these two college students: "We are justified to prevent the mass slaughter of an entire civilian population in Benghazi," one argues while his friend asks: "But what about those countries which don't have natural resources? Does the U.S. care about them in the same way?"

"We are preventing the mass killings of civilians," says this student. And after thinking about it for a while, he adds, "I am glad that the U.S. is involved."

"We can't police the world," says Hanna Cooper. The sophomore student criticizes American double standards as people are getting killed in a lot of places around the world and the U.S. often just looks away.

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