It all starts with a peaceful and justified revolution when Moammar Gaddafi overthrew a powerful monarchy to become Libya’s main ruler back in 1969. Unfortunately, human beings have a tendency to become the things they hate.

After his takeover, he established a socialist system where he nationalized all businesses under the government.

Since the 1980s, Gaddafi formed a strained relationship with the U.S. after he supported various groups considered terrorist in the West, including the IRA and various radical Palestinian factions.

The Libyan president has either politically assassinated or in the literal sense, anyone who has opposed him. In 42 years of “service,” Col. Gaddafi is now recognized as a tyrant suffocating the freedom of his people under his totalitarian rule.

However, the Libyan people have had enough. With inspiration from political revolutions happening in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans began to protest but Gaddafi responded with sheer violence and censorship.

Facebook and Twitter, which was used to jumpstart their successful uprisings, has been blocked in Libya. Phone lines have been tapped and blocked including Al-Jazeera, the international television network which is based in the Middle East.

In Feb. 2011, over 140 Libyan protestors were shot by snipers and overrun by tanks under Gaddafi’s orders in Benghazi. It was a ruthless and unnecessary decision on his part.

Fortunately, France with other leading organizations such as the U.N. and NATO ended diplomatic relations with Gaddafi and no longer recognized his rule as representative council of his people. NATO forces have also been deployed to protect civilians from his military regime. Barack Obama has also considered deploying US troops in Libya should the situation escalate any further.

Ultimately, Gaddafi is now a marked man and it is only a matter of time before his rule ends. Given the fall of other tyrants such as Saddam Hussein, you’d think the Libyan oppressor would concede to his people’s wishes. I guess history never fails to repeat itself.