Over the weekend, groups of Libyan civilians stormed the headquarters of various militias, several of which have now said they are packing it in. This is, most certainly, an excellent development. It might “just” be self-interest on their part as a way of keeping the Americans out, or it might be, as I feel that it is, that they simply don’t want to live in a country that includes fundamentalist Islam. Theirs has been a largely secularized version of the religion over the last few decades, and I don’t think most of the people there want to go back to the days of the Caliph.
So I take this as a hopeful sign. It isn’t everything, but it’s something, and any sort of progress is welcome.