What next for Libya?
The latest reports from Libya are that the rebels or National Transitional Council, whichever term you prefer, have entered Tripoli and at least one of Gaddafi’s sons (Saif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court) has been captured. However, this is by no means the end, if anyone asks me (and nobody did).
The first thing that comes to mind, as a layman, is how to guarantee as stable a transition as possible, and prevent any civil war breaking out while the rebuilding gets started. Another question that’s going to get kicked around is “Should a peacekeeping force be sent in?” I am not an expert, so I really have no idea about any of this.
The only thing that I really am certain of is that Churchill’s remark after the second battle of El Alamein:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
is quite fitting.