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Mickey Mouse and Eisenhower
By Jos "Gus" Govaars


May 18, 2007
Friday PM

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 them).

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

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
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 17, 2007 - Published May 18, 2007


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letter Mickey Mouse rip-off character By Mark Neckameyer - Irvine, CA



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