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OJ Simpson and Gaddafi: Justice Finally Catches Up With Each

If you told me a few weeks ago that I would have been putting OJ Simpson and Muammar Gaddafi in the same sentence, I would have thought you were crazy. But, I just did it! And why? Well, because both are murdering monsters, and though they (mostly) got away with their first crime, the justice system finally caught up with them.

In OJ’s case, mostly due to an incredibly stupid jury pool and some very charismatic lawyers, he got away with a brutal double murder. (He did not get away with it in the civil trial, but, again, thanks to being extremely well lawyered-up, his assets were mostly kept out of the reach of the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.) In Gaddafi’s case, Libya’s former Justice Minister, Mustafa Abdel-Jalis, who resigned from his job shortly after the killing started in Libya, claims that Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people. Although put under sanctions in the early 1990’s to pressure Libya to give up two men accused in the Lockerbie bombing, that was the only price Gaddafi paid for that crime. To make that crime even worse, Gaddafi spent up to 50,000 pounds a month in lobbying and legal fees recently to get Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi,  the only person ever convicted in that crime, out of prison after he found out that Al Megrahi was going to reveal Gaddafi’s role in that bombing.

OJ Simpson was convicted of armed robbery in 2008. Unfortunately, although given a 33 year sentence, which would generally be the same as a life sentence for the 61 year old Simpson, he could get out in as little as 9 years, thus making a further mockery of the legal system. In Gaddafi’s case, in one of the only cases that I can recall where the UN actually did something right, and did it quickly, the Security Council voted unanimously on Febuary 27, 2011 to not only impose sanctions on Libya, but also to refer the crimes committed by Gaddafi and his family and close associates to the International Criminal Court.  (Full text of UN resolution 1970 against Libya.) What was especially poignant in this case is that both the Libyan Ambassador to the UN and the Libyan delegation to the UN Security Council voted for the resolution!

In an impassioned speech before the UN Security Council, Libya’s ambassador to the UN, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shaigham, pleaded:

Please United Nations, save Libya. No to bloodshed. No to the killing of innocents. We want a decisive, rapid and a courageous resolution from you.

Gaddafi got away with his first crime, but it is unlikely that he will get away with the crimes he has committed in the last week or so.

OJ’s crime that finally put him away involved a gun. Hopefully Gaddafi’s crime will also involve a gun; one shooting him and his henchmen dead.

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