When Liberian dictator Charles Taylor was convicted by the International Criminal Court this week of committing, aiding, and abetting crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone’s civil war, it was widely regarded as an overdue act of justice. But it was also an opportunity to reflect on the many other alleged war criminals still awaiting their day in court.
A key question looming over the operations in Libya is just how effective air power can be. After checking with a few people who know this subject better than I do, the short answer seems to be that (a) it can be more effective than I would have thought (b) it's still not as effective as I would like it to be. According to these experts, the relatively low skills of loyalists forces and the geography of the war zone should make (and, based on the available evidence, have made) air power particularly useful against Qaddafi.