Internally displaced persons in areas now controlled by NTC forces need immediate protection. Dark-skinned Libyans face particular risks, because they have frequently been accused of fighting as pro-Gaddafi mercenaries from other African countries.
Barack Obama's gamble in providing limited support for a conflict in Libya, in which other countries played lead roles, now seems like a winning move.
As the world searches for Gaddafi's whereabouts, a day of reckoning must arrive for all the Westerners who supported him and kept him in power.
Once Muammar Gaddafi and whatever remnants of his regime are routed from his bunker, what will the coming weeks and months mean for Libya? Let me venture several predictions.
Although President Barack Obama's 2009 Cairo address to the Islamic world was designed to invigorate U.S.-Arab relations, America's capricious policies in the face of pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East have betrayed his words.
Sen. John McCain has exhibited personal courage, but his geopolitical judgment is uniformly awful. Over the last 30 years there has been no war or potential war that he has opposed.
Although Gaddafi's warrant does not guarantee that he will be brought to justice immediately, it is increasingly likely that he will be brought to justice eventually. This fact is no small change in perspective.
News sources indicate that France has agreed to let Qaddafi remain in Libya if he cedes power. Qaddafi's acquiescence notwithstanding, this is the best decision made by the Western powers so far in the Libyan conflict.
Whoever controls Brega will control the oil the town can ship out, which would be a huge source of income for the rebels. In the end, this war may wind up being one of attrition.
Can Shakespeare's Richard III, in Sam Mendes's thoughtful interpretation and irresistibly brought to life by Spacey, compare to the ilk of the rulers of Iran, to Bashar al-Assad, to Hassan Nasrallah, to Muammar Gaddafi?
Leading Britain through 10 years of reforms was rather easy compared to Tony Blair's current task. As the Middle East envoy of the Quartet -- U.N., E.U., U.S., Russia -- Blair is the international community's point man in the volatile region.
No country can be expected to fight two, three, many Vietnams simultaneously, and we certainly cannot do it now.
The arguments for retaining our army in that forsaken land are ridiculous, compared to the facts arrayed against that position. Withdraw now! Isn't it about time we learn from Moses and Joshua how to succeed?
Tunisian authorities took the survivors to camps near the Libyan border. There, they joined thousands of refugees from 20 countries in three makeshift camps.
One cannot rule out the possibility that Qaddafi personally ordered mass rape. Or that he supplied Viagra to soldiers or mercenaries following his orders. But this follows a long history of deliberate disinformation in war.