"Left open, as well, was the question of how the allies could justify airstrikes on Colonel Qaddafi’s forces around Surt if, as seems to be the case, they enjoy widespread support in the city and pose no threat to civilians". - NYT, 28th March
Yes, you do have to wonder about that. If only there was some kind of mechanism by which proxies could interrogate the authorities on questions of war and legality, then transmit any information thus acquired to the general public, perhaps via the exchange of currency for printed reports or even provided free of charge in electronic form.
Whatever. I, uh, hate to judge before all the facts are in... It's beginning to look like, uh, General Ripper exceeded his authority.