I think that explains a lot of the rush for the European countries (if I recall correctly, quite a few have ties with the industry there). I'm not sure how much of a connection we have (besides one we could create if we put boots on the ground).
To be completely honest, if we manage to keep our own ground soldiers uninvolved (probably not... we already have a troop transport in the area), I could see this being a much better situation than Iraq or Afghanistan. There's a legitimate revolution occurring that we should have helped earlier to back it up this time. Just keep our soldiers out of there.