Revolutions are tumultuous, and it would be naive to expect a smooth establishment of law and order in Benghazi so soon after the frantic violence that accompanied the populist uprising of the early spring. But Libya’s revolution is regressing, despite the air strikes by the Nato-led coalition. Observers who call it a stalemate miss the point. That term implies an equal and balanced standoff. It suggests that UN resolution 1973 might yet have a positive outcome in this instance if Nato maintains its pressure. The reality on the ground suggests something different. “Stalemate” seems too optimistic a prognosis for a revolution that is in real danger of imploding. Such a failure would undermine the case for intervention and strengthen the cause of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.