Excatly, I agree with Thiel. Any intervention is likely to end up in those armed civilians turning those AK47s and RPG-7s at any Western force and Libya will then attract the extremists and terrorists like bees to nectar. The West has had a taste of Libyan terrorism in the 1980s and the failures of US action in retaliation have left scars. Once bitten twice shy.
Starting a bombing campagin against Libyan air bases is bound to cause unwelcome collateral damage and Gadaffi has superior firepower even without air support, so then you begin to use NATO airpower against the Libyan Army and then you end up with the whole Kosvo thing all over again. It took from 1992 to now to sort out the mess in Yugoslavia. Iraq is 8 years and counting, Afghanistan has had 23 years of warfare. Do we really want to prolong Libya's sufferng for another 10+ years? For what end? They'll be no freer in the long term. Even Egypt after mostly peaceful protest still has a military government in control.
I notice no-one here whining about Mugabe's regime, or North Korea, the Democratic Republic of Congo etc etc. The Americans have propped up more dictators and brutal regimes than anyother nation in the 20th century, today Britain and the EU still upholds and supports several despotic Arab and African leaders. Thus I find all this sentimental imploring to action in one sole case rather hypocritical and distasteful.
You meant people can better live in a totalitarian another 50 years then have a chance to get free? You two had never lived in an authoritarian regime, it is mind killing existence, wishing for someone else to live like that IS hypocritical and distasteful. If that is better, perhaps American and India should go back to British rules. Perhaps we should not have fought the Axis power and South Africa should go back to apartheid, because the price of freedom was too high and not worth it.
About the other countries, it is my option that we should interfere when they provide a excuse for it. Perhaps I am a idealist, It is every men's duty to stand up against tyranny. I stand on my point that we should send forces to help the Libyan opposition.