Heavy fighting between warring militias and the government has erupted in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. The country is slowly slipping back into civil war. Assassinations and bombings occur on an almost daily basis in Benghazi, the coastal city in eastern Libya, and now Tripoli, which for a while hadn’t seen the worst of the fighting, is becoming embroiled in street battles.“Heavy fighting between militias using rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons erupted in several parts of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst violence in the Libyan capital for weeks,” Reuters reports. “Fighting between militias is often about personal arguments, control of local areas, stolen cars or smuggled goods such as drugs or alcohol banned in Libya.” Meanwhile, several embassies have been attacked recently, and the Prime Minister was briefly taken hostage by militiamen last month.The country is disintegrating. On Sunday a 33 year-old warlord who is said to command 17,000 militiamen held an elaborate swearing-in ceremony for two dozen of his comrades who will take up “government” positions, including “prime minister”, in the eastern region of Cyrenaica. Oil exports have plummeted, depriving the government of its main source of revenue; its leaders are under intense pressure to resign; whole regions are seceding; and militias, more powerful than the national armed forces, battle each other in the streets.This probably isn’t the situation the Obama administration had in mind when it chose to destroy Qaddafi’s regime. But these are the consequences of that rash decision and the complete lack of a plan to help Libyans rebuild the country after the Great Loon met his end.