watching arwa damon's amazing reporting for cnn from bengazi. alright on saturday the libyan army rolled into town in tanks, with artillery, and started firing indiscriminately into residential neighborhoods. many were killed. rebels drove them out; gaddafi's forces re-grouped and massed outside of town. on sunday it is very likely that they would have taken bengazi, killing thousands of non-combatants in a city of 800,000. but airstrikes decimated gaddafi's positions outside of town; they could not attack. people celebrated, thanked allah for their lives and the lives of their children. the situation in mizratah has been similar or worse, but communications are completely cut off. this was happening right at the moment the operation began.