What do you want readers to be thinking about when they put down this book?


North: There’s an overlying theme in this book and that is, “How does the United States deal with the issue of terrorism and what should we be doing?” Of course there’s a lot of different ways of handling that: one is to make concessions to them; one is to kill them … if you’re going to decide to lift the current prohibition on assassination, as some advocate. The Jericho sanction is the Israeli model for how to deal with the ultimate kinds of threats to the government of Israel; it’s very accurate. The Jericho missiles that are out there have nuclear warheads on them. And if the Israelis are confronted by a weapon of mass destruction that kills thousands of Israelis, they will reply, just as I quote Israeli officials in that book, “Respond the only way we can.” What does that mean? That means what’s in this book.


And so you ask yourself at the end of reading this trilogy, are we doing this the right way? Terrorism clearly is, if you will, World War IV. (The third World War would be the Cold War.) How we fight this war is the question we ought to be asking ourselves. And, of course, there are a lot of questions about what did the President know, and when did he know it, and how did certain things find their way into a State of the Union address? Far more important than 16 words in a State of the Union address is the way the United States confronts the issue of, if you will, jihad terrorism. This book tries to at least offer one scenario for that. The third book will explore a third way.  I was going to ask you about the third book. Have you started working on it?


North:  Absolutely. We’ve had several different discussions about it – who the next enemy is that we’re going to have to confront. I think people can pretty much conclude that the neighborhood around Iraq where this book is set is not a particularly friendly neighborhood. And so you’re going to see some more of that neighborhood. 


Editor’s Note: Stop back tomorrow for Part Two of our interview, as Oliver North talks about his marriage and children.

Read our review of The Jericho Sanction  here.