The crackdown in Libya is unspeakable in its cruelty.
Libyan troops have opened fire with machine-guns and large-calibre weapons on anti-government protesters in the second city Benghazi, witnesses say.
An unknown number of people, including children, are said to have been killed.
These reports, it seems, have been phoned in to the Telegraph's correspondent in Cairo:
Witnesses described scenes of chaos as snipers shot from the roofs of buildings and demonstrators fought back against troops on the ground.
Snipers shot protesters, artillery and helicopter gunships were used against crowds of demonstrators, and thugs armed with hammers and swords attacked families in their homes as the Libyan regime sought to crush the uprising. ...
"Women and children were seen jumping off Giuliana Bridge in Benghazi to escape. Many of them were killed by the impact of hitting the water, while others were drowned."
It's been an overwhelming week of news, and journalists the world around are exhausted. I was about to shut down the computer and go to sleep, but then I saw this on Twitter:
And they want you to know that they will never stand down.#Libya
They want you to know that they are frightened. #Libya
They want you to know that the security forces don't seem to care how many they kill. #Libya
Cameras & reporters strengthen demonstrators. Libya is sealed off. Everyone I speak to there says: 'Tell the world.'#Libya
When I read that, I decided I could wait another fifteen minutes to sleep. I am going to try, with whatever limited power I have, to tell the world, because this is unbearable.
And let me tell the world something else. Ronald Reagan described Gaddafi as "the mad dog of the Middle East."
Of all the evils and perils in the world, there is none that galls Reagan more than terrorism. Of all the anti-American thugs who hang out in the back alleys of the Third World, there is none Reagan despises more than Gaddafi. Last week those two hates came together, prompting Reagan to put the Libyan in the sights of the Sixth Fleet.
By contrast, this photo says it all.