The daily reminder in the media that Colonel Gadhafi was behind the Pan Am Flight 103 shoot down is beginning to sound as if it could be the US justification for a "police action" to try to "arrest" Gadhafi and to have him "taken out" of Libya, or to assist openly Libyans to remove the dictator.
It is becoming clear that the USA and the Europeans will not look favorably on a victory by Mr. Gadhafi and his forces over the leaders of the Libyan uprising.
The struggle for Libya is not just the struggle of a people who want to rid themselves of a dictator. Oil has begun to play a major role. Using the Libyan troubles as their excuse, speculators have driven up the price of oil to such levels that the price threatens to undermine world economies. Conventional wisdom says that the price may continue to rise until the conflict in Libya is resolved. If not for justice for the victims of the dictator, including the Lockerbie dead, then for a stable price for oil, Mr. Gadhafi days as head of the Libyan government seem to be numbered.