The Libyan rebels have taken control of Tripoli, potentially ending the war there: what are your thoughts?
Long story short: after six months of fighting, the rebels basically waltzed in and took Tripoli (Libya’s capitol) unopposed. They also arrested two of Qaddafi’s son, including his heir apparent. NATO air support and surveillance played a crucial role.
There are some loose ends, however. Pockets of Qadaffi loyalists are still fighting in parts of the city. Qadaffi is still at large, believed to be holed up in one of his compounds.
The biggest loose end is what happens after the regime officially falls. Will Libya descend into sectarian insurgency and chaos, Iraq-style? Will an Islamist government emerge, opposed to the NATO hands that fed it?
I opposed our involvement in Libya for various reasons, but I’m glad we didn’t put boots on the ground, and certainly this development is good news, along with reports of low civilian casualties. I hope I was wrong and it all turns out okay for the country.