Britain announced it was sending about a dozen military advisers to Libya to help the embattled opposition. Yesterday, France and Italy pledged to do the same. So is this a first step toward "boots on the ground" that NATO and the coalition seem to want to avoid? I'm not so sure.
The international community needs to be clear that it will go just as far to prevent and punish any crimes by the forces of the revolution as it will in responding to the brutality of the Libyan military.
People in the human rights community, UN supporters and advocates of "the responsibility to protect" have a great deal riding on the success of this intervention in Libya, to say nothing of the people in Benghazi.