Brutality is paying off in Syria, where the government claims to be close to crushing the rebellion
, while Libyan rebels are apparently gaining ground
in the wake of continued NATO airstrikes. Ships upon the Mediterranean are being urged to watch for unseaworthy vessels after a ship carrying 600 refugees broke apart
off the coast of Tripoli. The longer strife in the region continues, the more people on every side will suffer - if only someone with power and authority would demonstrate leadership and hasten an end to the conflicts.