Il est espagnol. Quelle surprise...
What a stupid comment, just as bad as the one about the 'savage island'.
Anyway, as a Spaniard there's one thing I do know: that the democracies (meaning mostly France and Britain back then) were cowardly enough to deny any help to the Spanish Republic... while allowing Hitler and Mussolini to send as much help as they desired to Franco's side. Only three years later, it was them who were against the wall fighting fascism, but Spain was left to endure a dictatorship for another 35 years.
Evil is not in the possibility of military intervention, but on the real purpose behind it. On this case, Sarkozy may have acted well (helping democrats).. for all the wrong reasons (beefing up France's role on the global scene, trying to make Arabs forget/forgive France for it's many mistakes in Tunisia and elsewhere). It won't be the first nor the last time in human history where a huge mistake has been done for the best of reasons, or a noble thing for the most innoble ones.
The important thing here is that the wave of popular movements that is affecting so many countries in the Arab world couldn't be simply ignored by those countries who are cosntantly paying lip-service to democracy. The West has made too many mistakes already in it's relation with the Muslim world to afford one more, far less such a huge mistake as this one would have been.
Quite another issue is whether the situation in Libya will end up playing out well, both for Libyans and for the world at large. A no-fly zone does not a democracy make, meaning that all the really important scenes of this play are still in the future. But here I would suggest that the unforgivable part of the weakness shown by the democracies in the 1930s was not so much that they failed in saving democracy in Spain, but that they didn't even try.
People standing up for change in the Arab world must know we are on their side, even if it means (likely) that some of those countries will end up ruled by Islamist regimes, freely elected by popular vote.
It would be intolerable if they ended up thinking that the West can act as irresponsibly and cynically as Bush and his bunch of neocon hyenas did in Iraq, yet would stand by idly when Arab peoples are actually standing up for change.