The Violence in Benghazi: The epicenter of the violence in Libya is Benghazi, located near the boundaries of the coastal region of Cyrenaica or Barqua. According to our US government's sources: On the evening of February 15, the demonstrations began, when several hundred people gathered in front of the Benghazi police headquarters to protest the arrest of an attorney and human rights activist Fethi Tarbel. As the February 17 "day of rage" neared, protests escalated in Benghazi and other cities, despite reported police attempts at dispersion with water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and batons. There were multiple reports of protesters setting police and other government buildings on fire. The maelstrom erupted in Benghazi after a group of protesters entered into a local barracks to take the weapons in the armory. When this happened, the Libyan forces in the local garrison reacted by firing upon the protesters. From there, the situation in Benghazi escalated and things spiraled out of control. A pause is in order, and has to be taken here. This is where critical analysis is needed: There are two ways to perceive the events in Benghazi: One perspective is from the viewpoint of a revolutionary, and the other is from the perspective of the state and the soldiers. If all biases are put aside, both perspectives will have their adherents.