Just a year since the capture and killing of Libyan dictator Muamar Gaddafi, the continuing battle for Bani Walid demonstrates how difficult and drawn out the process of change can be.
Given its history, it's hardly surprising that the country is still divided -- politically, tribally, and religiously -- but sadly those differences are still frequently addressed with force.
On the other hand, businesses and governments from around the world are keen to help Libya get back on its feet and become a safe, stable and prosperous country.
Over the past week, China's ZTE has reaffirmed its commitment to developing Libya's telecommunications infrastructure, Polish conservation specialists announced they would return to archeological sites in Libya next year, and the UK's Middle East Association revealed plans for a trade mission in December.
Challenging environments are often the most rewarding.