The battle for Tripoli will produce more deaths. In a civil war with many protagonists not in uniform brother finds it difficult even to rely on brother and to distinguish enemy from friend. The tribal society of Libya was held together by the authority and brutality of the Gaddafi regime. The Transitional Council will have no easy task gaining full control. It will need fine judgement and great control over its supporters to call a timely halt to revenge and continued infighting. It is difficult to move from where Libya is today to a successful open society capable of peaceful change of government.
The west said it was only involved to prevent massacres of civilians. Now the west has to urge its new found friends in the rebel groups to show clemency, restraint and judgement where they have succeeded in gaining control over civilian populations. I am glad the UK government has said it does not plan to put our troops on the ground.