The parts in this article I consider most troubling:
For four days, rebels newly armed with anti-aircraft guns and Kalashnikovs battled forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi and commanded by one of his sons. After days of firefights, feints and an ambush on unarmed local sheiks, the regime forces surrendered their hold on the vital local airport Tuesday morning—placing nearly all of eastern Libya outside Col. Gadhafi's control.On Wednesday, several of the 300 to 350 pro-Gadhafi fighters captured in the airport siege—the many soldiers among them that locals say are mercenaries hired from other African countries—will face a popular trial.
"We expect they will be executed," said one of the residents, Fadhil al-Hadouthi, an unemployed 38-year-old who helped coordinate logistics and medical relief for the pro-democracy rebels who battled Mr. Gadhafi's forces.Source: The Wall Street JournalThe fate of others may have already been determined, grimly. Earlier Tuesday in Sidi Burana, an Egyptian town on the border with Libya, Egyptian workers fleeing back home showed thumb-drive and cell-phone videos with pictures of what they said were captured pro-government mercenaries being viciously beaten in Baida. One video showed a dark skinned man, who the Egyptian workers said was a mercenary from Chad, being beaten to death. Another video showed what they said were mutilated mercenary corpses.
The longer Gadhafi holds out the greater the chances of this developing into a rather bloody civil war.