OJ Simpson, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Coincidence?
"Today I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for." Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University
President Bollinger is talking about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but he could just as easily be referring to OJ Simpson. Does anybody else find it interesting that two reviled stone cold killers happen to be in the news at the same time?
There's an eerie similarity between OJ and MA. They both work so hard to maintain their public faces. To be outraged when attacked. To proclaim their innocence with gusto. To explain away their actions with smarmy double talk and fake charm.
They're shocked anyone would think them capable of heinous acts. They claim some other guy did it. Or it wasn't done at all. Or, if it was done, they're appalled and they want justice.
They'll tell you America is to blame. That they just want to live in peace with their fellow men, but we won't let them. If you push them too hard, watch out, they'll fight back, charm replaced in a flash by steely defiance.
Of course OJ Simpson and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad aren't on a level playing field, politically.
OJ doesn't have a nuclear bomb, just a nuclear temper. He's not a Holocaust denier, he's just an effing liar.
We don't know OJ's views on Israel but we can guess ... he doesn't much care because it's not about Him.
Though he's not an international terrorist, OJ Simpson is still a dangerous man. He got away with murder and could do it again. He'll try anything to get what he wants. He operates with a totally self-serving set of values. And without guilt or remorse.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a dangerous man on a global scale. As president of Iran he represents a very real threat to Iraq, America and Israel.
One thing seems clear. If you believe you don't know how Ahmadinejad's mind works, you're wrong. You know. Just ask OJ.
And for the record, I was right.