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Lt. Col. Oliver North: Patriotic Hero or Misguided Zealot?

July 16, 1987

Forty years of watching television seems to have rendered the American people brain dead. They don't educate themselves; they don't read; they don't think. They sit in front of their television sets and respond to telegenic stimuli like Pavlov's dog.

In the midst of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of their Constitution, a Marine officer describes his participation in egregious circumventions of constitutional law. Are the people appalled? Are they outraged? Indeed not! Rather, the young, handsome, charismatic Marine officer is embraced by them as a national hero.

MARCIA SIMONSON

Los Angeles

(Since Friday The Times has received 475 letters opposing North's actions and 134 letters in support of him.)

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