Mickey Mouse and Eisenhower
By Jos "Gus" Govaars
May 18, 2007
I just read Mr. Neckameyer's letter regarding Hamas using a "Mickey
Mouse rip off character" preaching in "Middle Eastern
Countries to very young children in Islamic domination of the
world, re-conquering of Spain, destruction of Israel and the
United States, murder, suicide bomb tactics, etc."
His letter reminded me of a movie I watched recently that is
available at the library and local video stores called "Why
We Fight" from 2005. Included in this movie is President
Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower's final presidential address.
In that address Eisenhower said, "we face a hostile ideology
global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose
and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw
as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with
a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel
the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery
of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security
and liberty may prosper together."
Why We Fight is a documentary film directed by Eugene Jarecki
that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
The documentary was first released on January 17, 2005, exactly
44 years after Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address.
When I read opinions like Mr. Neckameyer's letter from Irvine,
California, I get the chills. Many people like me believe that
part of the reason many foreigners hate Americans is because
we have become "The World's Police". If we don't pick
our battles appropriately, and just keep sticking our nose in
places it doesn't belong, it will all just get worse.
Personally, I like to travel, and as an American some destinations
I have visited are considered very risky. Luckily as an Alaskan,
people often think we are part of Canada (and I never correct
Besides, if Disney has a problem with the use of copy written
material like Mickey Mouse, let's take care of it the American
way! USE A LAWYER - let them handle it. Disney already spends
millions a year on just that, and is considered one of the most
protective corporations of their copy written material worldwide.
If you are too American, and can't handle this flagrant use by
Hamas of Mickey Mouse, call the Disney lawyers directly. Their
copyright infringement guru is Laurence J. Shapiro at (818) 623-3200
or his email is designated.agent@dig.TWDC.com
As for you Mr. Neckameyer, quit mongering your tidbits from California,
and do something about it, not just complain to a small town
newspaper in Southeast Alaska; go see Mr. Shapiro yourself just
down the street from you in Burbank.
Jos "Gus" Govaars
Received May 17, 2007 - Published May 18, 2007
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Mouse rip-off character By Mark Neckameyer - Irvine, CA
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