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The end of the beginning for Libya

Western and Arab nations that have helped bring the rebels within sight of victory should redouble efforts to ensure they win the peace, too

THE RATCHET is tightening on Muammar Qadhafi. At press time, rebel forces were on the streets of Tripoli. They had claimed control of Zawiyah, west of the capital, and its refinery, the only one still available to the regime. Rebels had cut off critical supply routes, while Nato’s interdiction of seaborne fuel supplies has left things desperate in the capital. As the rebel noose tightened, Tripoli erupted against the dictator. The momentum appeared unstoppable. If it comes as quickly as some expect – it will be over by the end of August, believe optimistic rebels – the opposition forces and Nato will justifiably claim vindication for a sound strategy. The war was never the stalemate imagin

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