Fighters loyal to Gadhafi killed 17 guards at an oil refinery near Ras Lunuf on Monday. They drove to the refinery in a convoy of more than a dozen vehicles. Witnesses reported that the attackers used hand grenades to kill the guards.

And the attack occurred less than two hours after Libya’s post-Gadhafi oil minister announced limited oil production had resumed. The refinery itself was undamaged, though it’s unclear if that’s by design or incompetence. Still, the message sent seems clear: Gadhafi loyalists will target the revolutionary government’s ability to exploit the sources of Libyan wealth, weakening its ability to stabilize the country. Then, presumably, comes the restoration…

NATO’s war continues. On Monday, NATO warplanes conducted 37 airstrikes, battering a radar system, surface-to-air missile systems and other targets in Gadhafi’s unconquered hometown of Sirte. But at some point, NATO’s war will stop. What happens to the revolutionary forces then, if the refinery attack was a prelude of things to come?