Hero—or Anti-hero?

I read with great anguish Charles Colson’s column on Oliver North, “The Making of a Folk Hero” [Sept. 4]. As long as we admire such people as North, we will no longer have heroes, but only anti-heroes to fill the vacuum. North made himself accountable to no one, not even to his commander-in-chief. His only accountability was to his own conscience. His traits are not those of the hero, but are more like those of a traitor.

The tragic consequence of the Iran-contra affair is that no one is going to be held accountable for the fact that we, as a country, gave weapons to world terrorists. What must the world think when a country glorifies a man who does such acts “with a good Christian conscience”? Cannot even a Muslim do terrorist’s acts “with a good Muslim conscience”?

The mark of a Christian is his accountability to God and his fellow man. Only moral anarchy can follow in the wake of our admiration of a man who is accountable to no one but himself.


Evanston, Ill.

Ollie North disturbs me, and after reading Colson’s column, I am even more disturbed. Sure, Ollie is a gap-toothed charmer, patriotic and articulate. He also told lies and deceived our elected representatives. That by doing these things he furthered what he thought was a good cause does not excuse lying or deceit. Doesn’t Colossians 3:9, “Do not lie to one another …,” apply to Christian Marine Corps officers?


Brooklyn, N.Y.

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