The Wind and the Lion

The Wind and the Lion

The Wind and the Lion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wind and the Lion was a film released in 1975 starring Sean Connery as Raisuli and Brian Keith as Teddy Roosevelt. Candice Bergen played a female version of Perdicaris. In real life, the Moroccan Raisuli was a bandit who kidnapped the Greek-American Perdicaris for ransom and territory. The incident was made into a slogan, Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead, that galvanized the GOP and led to Roosevelt’s election in 1904. Obama’s 2012 slogan of Osama dead and GM alive reminded me of the incident. The film was very enjoyable and worth renting if you have not seen it.