Image 1 of 12: Feb 14, The start: Egypt and Tunisia's stories of revolutionary victory were inspiration for the Libyan people, also because
Gaddafi had shown support for Mubarak and Ben-Ali. It was 42 years ago that he came to power in a coup against the
monarchy, and refused to shift since.
Image 1 of 12: Feb 17: An awakening reverberated across Libya, concentrated in Benghazi, where mass protests spawned
the Feb 17th (Day of Revolt) movement. This crew of enthusiastic revolutionaries moved hesitantly at first, their
front line shifting forward then back, til their amateur forces gained control of the city- never to be regained by Gaddafi.
Image 1 of 12: Gaddafi supplements his sparse security forces: Gaddafi resorts to hiring
mercenaries from around the African continent, and releasing prisoners, paying them to brutalize the protestors and opposition
forces. These at best were a foolhardy motley crew, a makeshift army, with rifles and homemade bombs.
Image 1 of 12: Libya's rainy day is Gaddafi's theatrical spotlight: Feb 22- Gaddafi makes first public appearance to disprove his fleeing- in a
stilted surreal show : Bizarre starts to be the buzzword, together with the infamous umbrella pic. He expresses
that, far from leaving Libya, he would "die a martyr".
Image 1 of 12: March 17-19: The No Fly Zone over Libya decided and imposed by NATO- for international military action to protect civilians- is
bolstered by Qatar and UAE. This is the culmination leading from Feb 26- UN Security Council-imposed sanctions against
Libya, following U.S. decision to freeze Gaddafi’s assets- and the EU embargo.
Image 1 of 12: Zenga-rama: March 20 – the world is enthralled by the spell of Gaddafi’s entertaining (while sinister) public
appearances & speeches. One speech inspires an inspired Israeli DJ to re-mix it into a YouTube
dance phenomenon, borrowing the rhythmic foot stomping and arm thumping-style of his rhetoric ‘Zenga
Image 1 of 12: His people- who the hit parody Zenga-Zenga threatens ('I will come after you house, house, alley by alley')- are 'rats and
'cockroaches', and drugs and foreigners are to blame for their rebellion. He displays his Green Book - which rose to fame for
its 'Qaddafiisms'- unsound logic- the founding principles for his ideology.
Image 1 of 12: April 30–May 15: Gaddafi rages against NATO for 'murdering' his people and 'destroying' his country; NATO kills
his son. Rebels win the Battle
of Misrata, May 22, precipitating the recognition of the National Transitional Council as legitimate representative of the
Libyans, headed by Mustafa Abdul Jalil the former minister of Justice.
Image 1 of 12: The road to Tripoli: The rebels declare the assassination of Libyan leader in Benghazi (Abd EL-Fattah Younis), and
this amateurish army enters the final phase of surrounding Gaddafi. August 15th, rising proud in celebration of taking Tripoli,
as-bar the scattered Gaddafi attacks- they have more or less secured the capital.
Image 1 of 12: August 17th and the media gets a scoop on Gaddafi’s 'escape' intentions:
Muammar Gaddafi is apparently likely to step down and delegate his powers to the Minister of Justice.
"Colonel Gaddafi's conditions are an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of NATO forces." Then he and his family
would leave Libya for Venezuela'.
Image 1 of 12: Where is Gaddafi? In yet another large-scale head-hunt, we are reminded already of OBL's compound, here. Speculation has
mounted over where Gaddafi is hiding- neighboring African countries are suggested-
or vast areas of desert in Libya. Gaddafi does not have the courage to commit suicide, we are told.
Image 1 of 12: August 23: In a surprise turn of events that has left the world jaw-dropped, Saif al-Gaddafi, heir apparent, and most vocal
of the family tribe, reappears from alleged captivity –calling the rebels 'rats' and
gangs, and muttering in a style we are by now familiar with, almost deliriously, that nobody was giving up the battle for Libya.
How Green Square became Martyr Square
As preparations for a post-Gaddafi era are underway, by a just-about triumphant opposition movement, and as celebrations by the Libyan Diaspora are upon us, we find that the 6-month journey to Tripoli has been a long one, full of setbacks, false-hopes, false-starts, and even now false-finishes! Saif al-Islam, declared captured by the Opposition, is now back out on the streets manically ranting about the fight not being over and expressing his disdain for the barely ripened National Transitional Council, showing impunity and delusion, while possibly displaying his 'second' or last wind.
Just as the tone of the whole saga to Tripoli had been elevated or dignified by a note of triumph and gravity by mid-Ramadan - with a bloody and gruelling chapter coming to a sombre finish in Tripoli, the tone has once again descended into a note of farce as that set by the clownish Muammar Gaddafi act this last 6 months. Like father like son. With Saif al-Islam emerging earlier today on the streets of Tripoli in a show of 'I'm still standing', we are reminded of his father's surreal umbrella-appearance, made to deny reports of his fleeing Tripoli earlier in the revolution. The father has found his name in blasting and cursing and disdaining all opposition elements, from NATO to Al Jazeera, to his own people; so the son now leaves us with his own parting shot of 'Tooz' ('blast') the Council.
The well-organized revolutionary National Transitional Council armed with a new flag is striding forward, abroad, and in Libya – meeting foreign diplomats and cutting deals. And the last thing they would want just now is to be not taken seriously for all their noble courageous efforts to get this far. They were neither a professional and trained or supplied army, unlike say the American army who conquered Baghdad in 2003. Instead, they were an amateurish collective of people volunteering to free their country from the Gaddafi grip that was choking them this last 40 years.
They rose up from nowhere, and, from several-times-the throes of defeat at Benghazi, to returning and mobilizing, to just-about running a regime. Here is the story of the Libyan people's Revolution, 2011: A plot in pictures of the sequence of events leading to the Tripoli of Today, swarming with new Libyan flags and an overwhelming desire to be rid of this stubborn man, who will not budge from a Libya that is fighting for a clean future, free of this old guard of almost 42 years.
Moreover, the fact that, as today's news testifies, they didn’t kill Saif il Islam, reveals they are constructively trying to keep up their negotiations with many groups and fronts in order to operate sustainably for a brighter future.