Is oil a factor?
Yes, say some analysts. As a major oil producer, Libya's strategic significance is far greater than cocoa- and coffee-producing Ivory Coast, says Clark. Libya's potential as an incubator for Middle Eastern democracy is also an attention-grabber for Western countries, he says.
"There is significant concern over Libya's oil and what that would mean for Western strategic interest and there's a sense that Libya fits into this wider pattern of democratization and the falling of draconian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East."
Knox adds: "Oil is seen by the West as a more strategic commodity than cocoa if we're to be quite blunt."
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