NATO is clearly looking for new ways to continue its intervention in Libya. We have heard of the use of drones and military advisers in recent days. It needs to remember it is operating under a UN Resolution which only allows it to help save civilian lives. It does not have legal cover to kill civilians, to intervene on one side in the civil war or to enforce regime change.
Using air power only allows the destruction of heavy weaponry from the air when it is not close to civilians. As Libyan government forces now mainly operate street by street within cities it cannot be used to hold them back. Using drones is going to be difficult in such circumstances as well. They may be better targetted than bombs from warplanes, but there is still a danger of civilians being killed when letting them off in congested areas and narrow streets.
So why doesn’t the UN or NATO consider talks with the cause of their grief, the Libyan government? As NATO are not allowed to use all means to defeat him owing to the UN constraint and the wish to avoid more civilian deaths at the hands of NATO, wouldn’t it make sense to talk to the Libyan regime to see if there can be any diplomatic way of relieving the pressure on certain Libyan civilians from their government? What is there to lose from such an approach? How else is this all going to end, if the people of Libya are not about to evict their ruler, and if the friends and allies of Gaddafi still intend to keep him in power?