As rebel fighters slowly advance on his home base of Tripoli and NATO continues an air campaign against his regime, now Colonel Muammar Qaddafi also faces another threat: the threat of prosecution. The International Criminal Court located in the Hague has issued arrest warrants for Qaddafi and two of his sons for the crimes against humanity they perpetrated against Libyan civilians between February 15 and February 18, before the country erupted into an all-out civil war. Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that Qaddafi is going to actually be arrested anytime soon. The ICC doesn’t have a police force, and NATO is more focused on trying to kill Qaddafi outright. So what effect will the warrants actually have?
So at the very least, other world leaders won’t be forced to endure any awkward social interactions with Qaddafi after the war if, somehow, he hangs on to power. That’s not nothing.