Following is a reminder of a bit of American history, and reflecting back to that time in which I posted a blog entitled, American History, dated October 30, 2012, it brings it all into perspective now.
The year is 1987 and Lt. Col. Oliver North was testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan administration. There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning. He was being drilled by a senator, “Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system.” Ollie replied, “Yes, I did, sir.” The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, “Isn’t that just a little excessive?” “No, sir,” continued Ollie. “No? and why not?” the senator asked. “Because the lives of my family and I were threatened, sir.” “Threatened? By whom?” the senator questioned. “By a Muslim terrorist, sir” Ollie answered. “Terrorist? What Terrorist could possibly scare you that much?” “His name is Osama bin Laden, sir,” Ollie replied.
At this time the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn’t pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn’t. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. “Why are you so afraid of this man?” the senator asked. “Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of,” Ollie answered, “and the Muslims are trying to take over America and destroy it from the inside out and putting their people into our political offices.”
“And what do you recommend we do about him? asked the senator. “Well, sir, if it was up to me. I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.” The senator disagreed with this approach. By the way, that senator was Al Gore.
How soon we forget!