War has a way of disrupting life's daily routines. For instance, in a "normal" universe, this man might be walking home after dropping his kid off at soccer practice and thinking about sharing a hubbly bubbly pipe with his loafer friends at the local cafe. But such a vision of smoky domesticity is ludicrous. This apparently unarmed man is a Libyan rebel taking cover from explosions during a fight with troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi outside Brega in eastern Libya. He knows what reality means: He must crawl with all his might, or war will have its way of disrupting his daily routine wholly and irrevocably.
Wouldn't you rather be at home teaching your baby how to walk? (Photo: Youssef Boudial/Reuters)
But don't expect the minor disturbances caused by artillery bombardments and no-fly enforcement to alter the path of commerce. Rebels in Tobruk are preparing to export oil from Libya for the first time since March. A Liberian-flagged tanker has docked at an eastern port and will soon be floating off to the free world, carrying $100 million worth of crude.
So if this man on his hands and knees has faltered for a moment, and lost sight of what he is fighting for, the cause comes clear, and he regains the strength to crawl, baby, crawl.