NATO are denying that the attack they conducted south of Tripoli was a civilian target and maintain that it was a "staging area" for Gadaffi forces. Whatever staging area is supposed to mean exactly, I've no idea, but looking at the report this morning on BBC News the evidence seems to point on this being an innocent location. The images showed toys and school books in the rubble and BBC reporters were shown dozens of bodies. The fact that many were "young men of fighting age" was almost touted as evidence of something sinister but there were also many women and children casualties. While both sides will twist the facts of the story for their own benefit it does appear that this is another reckless NATO attack with unjustifiable consequences.
The SP and CWI position on No to NATO intervention is and was completely justified on the evidence this horrific attack alone. NATO cannot be trusted to conduct such exercises as they are clearly incapable of doing so without massive and inexcusable loss of civilian lives.
Furthermore they have actually done great damage to the revolutionary movements within Libya as the attacks have generated por-Gadaffi sentiment in the face of the NATO attacks as the Libyan people rally behind the existing leader against what they see, perhaps understandably, as a greater evil. They are further away from taking out Gadaffi before NATO intervention and there is no NATO plan or solution to the Gadaffi problem in sight. NATO's actions have in fact, strengthened Gadaffi's hand.
I find it extraordinary that the SP came under heavy criticism for opposing the intervention, the basis of which seemed to be that the rebels would benefit from the NATO airstrikes. Well clearly they haven't.