First of all I would like to strongly recommend this article by James Petras and Robin E. Abaya The Euro-US War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics.
I want to make two supplementary points:
1) Oil is also a 'military' weapon. A few days ago I reminded the Tlaxcala community of the fact that it was the USA that by cutting all oil supply lines in fact declared war on Japan. So Pearl Harbor was only a response which the Japanese were fully entitled to. But it's not often spoken about.
Naturally the US do not and cannot use all the oil they control for themselves. If they now also get control of the Libyan oil the Yankees will have an even tighter grip on the Europeans. And they will then be even quicker than usual to oblige. Those stupid guys like Sarkozy, Cameron etc. can't see this from their point of view in the ass of the beast. Thus, for a long time the US-strategy has been to control the oil from the well to the pipelines, from the shipping routes to the ports, and to the consumer. Naturally this makes sense for a superpower.
2) The main reason the authors give for attacking Libya is that Gaddafi was not fighting with them side by side. This is quite a weak argument Iwould say. A few squads from a small country like Libya will not make a big difference. I think there is another point jumping out and maybe therefore people do not see it. Look - the US was in trouble; their fantastic CIA, FBI and all the rest that was stuffed with billions of dollars did not have the slightest idea of what was going on in the Arab world - so the US was taken by surprise. In a hurry they tried to contain the fires but it didn't really work - the fire spread to the Gulf, to Yemen, even to Saudi Arabia. Now God sent a sign - some guys in Libya also attempted an uprising (certainly there were some genuine democrats but they were a far cry from the movements in Tunisia, Egypt etc.) and the full power of the media was brought in - supported by - surprise, surprise - Al Jazeera and the 'LEFT'. A real gift from heaven. Now the focus shifted nearly 100% to Libya and all the rest was forgotten. And the Yankees loved it - they love it when the 'Left', the 'Humanitarians' cry for help. Now they could show that they really are the good guys. And so it happened as it did.
It's exactly the same thing that Jan Myrdal describes in his new book 'RED STAR OVER INDIA'. The Indians were fighting the Naxalites for forty years without a major success. So they begged the Americans to come and help them against the 'terrorists'. Oh, with pleasure. If the biggest 'Democracy on Earth' is begging for help then we are on the right side.
And as Jan Myrdal points out the Indians will get help from the Western 'Left' too. The Indian Government only needs to tell them: "We want to develop the country! We want to bring progress to the backward Adivasis and Dalits (the indigenous and untouchables), development, education, but they don't know what is best for them. And the Maoists - those terrorists you know - are agitating and turning them against us." So naturally the 'Left' will take the side of the 'progressive' Indian democracy. And to hell with the indigenous, those barbarians who kill innocent people (=soldiers) and burn schools (which the government rarely built).
But in the end the Americans will prevail. The Indians believe they are getting a good deal. They are stupid because of their racism. They don't know what the Americans are thinking of them, the same they think of their own people: mofussil. pack, idiots, blackies.