Victory in Libya?

It's a bit premature to say that Muammar Qaddafi has fallen, and this war has gone on just long enough to make a person hesitate about declaring victory, but it seems as if Tripoli is in the process of being liberated. If it is true that Qaddafi is finally going, we will be able to mark this one down as a victory for NATO (a victory, of course, that also shown us some of the weaknesses of NATO, but more on that later); a victory for the Libyan people, many of whom possessed no serious fighting skills but very large hearts; a victory for the principle of humanitarian intervention (we'll never know if Benghazi would have been the scene of mass slaughter had NATO not intervened when it did, just as we'll never know if Saddam Hussein would have subjected Kurds and Marsh Arabs to another round of genocidal attacks, but we should be happy that now we don't have to know).

And one other thing: Now is a good time to remember the many Americans, and other innocents, killed by this awful regime. Their families should feel some satisfaction that justice may finally be finding the murderer of their loved ones. 

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.