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Oliver North Says Americans Should Decide Whether The US Should Assassinate Foreign Leaders Based On Reading His Novel

Reported by Ellen - October 4, 2005

Oliver North appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night to promote his new novel, The Assassins. It seems to be a futuristic tale about radical Islamic terrorism involving Iran, Venezuela and other countries. Before long, the topic turned to whether the US should assassinate leaders of foreign countries.

Speaking to Colmes, North said he wants people to decide for themselves, based on reading his book, "whether this is a good way to pursue radical Islamic jihad."

Excuse me? He wants people to decide that kind of foreign policy from a novel? Nobody seemed to find that remarkable. North said it at the end of his segment with Colmes and the beginning of his segment with Hannity. Hannity seems to have made up his mind already that what the US needs now is more willingness to kill.

Talking about murder was no reason not to have a little fun, however. Before getting down to the assassinations, Hannity and North kidded around about where else they have been running into each other. Finally, Hannity asked if assassinating foreign leaders is "really something we need to reconsider in light of living in a post 9/11 world."

North made his position clear when he said that Americans need to decide "is this a course they want to pursue for themselves when the normal rules no longer apply?"

Not only did Hannity have the answer, he was ready to bully anyone who saw it differently. He said that the world has changed, that a lot of people don't want to face that reality and they want to live by old rules. "Old rules could ultimately result in the destruction of a significant portion of the population of an American city."

Colmes ended the segment with a bit of lighthearted banter of his own.

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