Libya: To End the Killings in Libya, the Cost Balance Needs to Change

On October 20, 2011, a Libyan revolutionary commander from Misrata called me jubilantly to break the news personally that Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s long-time dictator, had finally been caught by rebel fighters near the coastal city of Sirte, his hometown. With a feeling of trepidation, I recall saying to him, “I hope they don’t kill him.” I believed it was important to see justice done for the crimes Gaddafi had committed. There was silence on the other end.

Some hours later, the first footage of…


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