Libya came up a few times today here for the first time. A neighbor was talking about his disappointment that Barack Obama would bomb a Muslim country over oil. And it came up again during the English conversation thing. Some students said they watched local or Russian news and thought oil was the reason for the war in Libya. Others completely disagreed (these were not Christian students, and that needs to be clarified when I'm talking about students at this particular university) and thought that the UN was helping people in Libya. Interesting discussion.
One student brought up Russia's involvement (or not, depending on your point of view) after interethnic conflict in Central Asia. She was one who thought Libya was about oil, and also thought Russia was using interethnic conflict as an excuse. Interesting comparison.