Libya Ceasefire

Just hours after the UN voted to impose a no-fly zone, Libya has declared a ceasefire and Moammar Gadhafi's guns have reportedly stopped firing. We speak to a reporter in Tripoli for reaction to the ceasefire and find out what it means for Gadhafi's future after more than 40 years ruling Libya.



Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.

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It's Friday March 18th.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper cited the Japanese earthquake and resulting economic instability as reasons for Canada's opposition parties not to force an election now.

Currently, Harper's comments measured an 8.9 on the opportunism scale.

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Libya Ceasefire - Borzou Daragahi

We started this segment with a clip from Libya's Foreign Minister announcing at a press conference earlier today that Libya will halt all military operations. The reason given: to protect Libyan citizens. The announcement came after last night's security council vote authorizing "all necessary measures" to stop attacks on civilians in Libya - including strikes by sea and air. And it is quite a turn around for the Government of Moammar Gadhafi who, before that Security Council vote, was threatening to invade the rebel held city of Benghazi - a city of a million people - with chilling promises to show no mercy.

Canada announced today the deployment of six CF-18 fighter jets to help enforce the UN's Libya no-fly zone. But to gauge the response in Tripoli right now, we were joined by Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Borzou Daragahi. He was in Tripoli.

Libya Ceasefire - Ibrahim Sahad

Our next guest has been watching the events in Libya closely. Ibrahim Sahad is the Secretary General of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya and he was in Washington this morning.

Libya Ceasefire - Vincent Cannistraro

Vincent Cannistraro has been watching with interest and concern as events unfold in Libya. He was an American spy in Libya decades ago and went on to become the head of counter-terrorism at the C.I.A. He was director of intelligence programs at the national security council. He was the main investigator into the 1988 bombing of the PanAm flight 103. He is now the president of an anti-terrorism and security firm called Cannistraro Associates. He was in McLean, Virginia this morning.

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