The decision to supply protective clothing and now to offer military advisers to the rebels in Libya is an important development in the UK’s mission. This is more than operating a No fly zone, more than using high flying military intervention to prevent the Libyan government using warplanes and tanks in open ground against Libyan people. This is offering military advice to just one side in a bitter dispute, which looks like a civil war to some outsiders.
It would be wise to take the whole problem back to the UN and seek a review of the policy and the UN resolution. Is the UN satisfied with what has now been achieved in its name? What does the UN think should happen next? If more is to be done in the name of the UN, which other countries, preferably nearer to Libya than ourselves, might like to do it? The UN using NATO could stop tanks in open ground heading for the rebel city, but it cannot stop government troops from the air when they a embedded in cities and towns.