The Gaddafi regime is broken. What will take its place?

Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR FOR TIME

Rebel fighters deface a monument in the dictators compound in Tripoli

There's more than one way to topple a tyrant. When the Arab Spring began to wilt this summer, when the largely peaceful protests that took down dictators in Tunis and Cairo seemed to have no effect on despots in Manama and Sana'a, when smart people were predicting that the region's revolution would fade, it fell to the ragtag army of rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi to find another way.

It wouldn't be hip: the Berber guerrillas of the Nafusa Mountains didn't pause to set up Facebook pages as they swept into the plains south and west of Tripoli. It wouldn't be telegenic:...

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