Hopes for peaceful, united Libya up in the air

It could go either way at this point. There have been severe clashes between rival militias as well as reports of continuing murders and detentions by independent warlords. But the National Transitional Council (NTC) has accomplished a few things and while there is still danger that the country will fly apart, there is also some hope that an election scheduled for next year might come off. Reuters: Since late October, when Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed and the NTC declared the country "liberated," Libya has veered from peace and optimism to violence and potential chaos. Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib, who left an academic career largely spent in the United States to help rebuild his homeland, succeeded last month in satisfying most of a bewildering array of competing interests to form a cabinet that will run the country until the NTC organizes an election by July. As the new government begins remaking the country after 42 years of one-man rule, Libyans and their Western...(Read Full Post)