Just to give my views on this subject, I seem to be one of the very few people around who are in support of the Libyan government and against the armed rebells.
The TV coverage on Libya is rubish to say the least with a demonization of its government as they did to Saddam during the 90's - which all turned out to be false (the dead babies in Kuwaiti, the mass executions of civilians, the weapons of mass destruction, etc.)
The Libyan government is one that offered stability and prosperity to the people of Libya, especially in the last 5 or so years after sanctions have been lifted and foriegn itnvestment has been pouring into the country - the fruits of which were just begining to show.
In my view of Quranic law, a government who is working for the good of its people and does not contradict God's laws can invoke 5:33 in dealing with those who which to corrupt and destabilize:
5:33 The recompense of those who fight God and His messenger, and seek to make corruption in the land, is that they will be killed
or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from alternate sides or that they be banished from the land; that is a disgrace
for them in this world and in the Hereafter they will have a great retribution.
P.S. I would like to leave Arabic speakers with a Youtube video where Qadafi rebukes those who claim Mohammed will intercede on J-Day and quotes the Quranic verses which deny intercession on J-Day for any man. Qaddafi says people praise Mohammed whenever his name is mentioned, but they are completely silent when the name of God is mentioned. A man who speaks truth without fear of backlash is one to be respected.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buVsT9KjJzo