The testimony purportedly from Ollie North which has been circulating around the internet has been slightly altered from what he actually said. The terrorist he was concerned about wasn't Osama Bin Laden, who hadn't gotten into the terrorism business quite yet. I believe the correct terrorist name was Abdul Nassar.
I watched those hearings. That is not what he said. If you are half way interested in the truth of Iran Contra read the memoirs of the man that testified after North: the secretary of state under Reagan, George Schultz. He said that Bush senior lied about his participation in the discussions about the illegal and unconstitutional deals. Bush knew and Reagan knew. Small details, but the truth wont go away and clear evidence that the Democrats were right about the illegal and unconstitutional actions of the whole bunch. I guess Schultz and the Bushes made up because Schultz was one of the wise men who prepped Gov. Bush on foreign affairs. However, such a high ranking official has never been so locked out of party affairs after leaving office. Maybe because he is an honest man. When he put his hand on the bible he told the truth unlike our friend who disgraced his uniform.