Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice, who has been at the forefront of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims has some interesting comments about the situation in Libya at Sussidiario.
Among other things, Scola says, "What I can observe is that we Europeans are often victims of a strong presumption. We think we know how to evaluate and solve problems without taking account of the testimony of those who live in these situations. This often prevents us from considering all the factors in play." It seems to me that President Obama's cautious approach to the situation reflects, in part, this concern that Scola pinpoints, the sense that "we know best in the West" which, as we learned tragically in Iraq, is not always the case.