Particularly worrying to many was the apparent collusion of the security forces in the destruction, and the subsequent detention of journalists who reported on the events.
Whether this is an example of old habits -- in this case state repression -- dying hard, or of insubordination by a faction within the police, it must be stamped out immediately.
With the hand-over of power to the new Congress, many foreign companies are now considering re-entering the country and contributing to its prosperity.
Any upsurge in violence, religious or tribal, will weigh heavily on those decisions, and may deprive Libya of the foreign assistance it clearly needs.
All eyes are on Libya.