I can understand it if a person who holds Conservative views shares sympathy for a benevolent dictator or even a ruthless one. But the Left, why? The Left meaning people who are supposed to love human rights, human freedom, fair justice, worker's rights, etc..
All the communist revolutions - starting with the French Revolution (through Russian, Chinese Revolutions) ended in utter failure. Instead of freedom, the citizens received a government much worse than the old regime, the exact opposite of what the revolutionaries fought for (but I guess that's why its called a Revolution - meaning it circles back 360 degrees)
The French Revolution created The Terror, Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Russian Revolution beget Stalin and the brutal Soviet regime.
The Chinese Revolution made Mao, one of the worse rulers of China whose reign resulted in the death of over 50 million Chinese people and the destruction of uncountable numbers precious artifacts.
And whenever the Left get into power - all sorts of stupid cranky ideas get entertained - hello "Great Leap Forward" and the "Cultural Revolution". And these people are supposed to be intellectuals for crying out loud.
Anyway here are some articles about the Left and their support for Gaddaffi who supports freedom of speech, religious tolerance, worker's rights, equal distribution of wealth... oh wait, no, the guy is a megalomanic who surrounds himself with a bodyguard of 40 virgins, cuthroats, child killing terrorists, and has amassed a fortune for his family at the terrible expense of his people. Who would want to be a friend to him?