Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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I think that's the real reason for being in Iraq. It was supposed to be a first step toward taming the middle east. It's understandable that most Americans are now against the war, but when we give up there might be a real unraveling, as described above.
The left thinks Islam terrorists are just reacting to our evil commercialism. As soon as capitalism and poverty are defeated, everyone will blissfully throw away their WMDs.
The right thought our superior wealth and technology would prevail, and the people of the middle east would joyfully welcome liberation and the chance to be just like us.

Both sides (there are really many sides and I'm simplifying by calling it left vs right) are wrong, I think. Both sides are desperately trying to convince themselves there is an answer.


Damn! It sounds as if no matter the ultimate outcome, it will be a very different world and not a direction we would choose, or perhaps even think possible.


Remember what Churchill said in 1919 regarding Bolshevism?

Wonder what he'd be saying today about our current situation--or what he would have over the last 20-odd years about the creep of radical Islam.

Just pondering here ...


I think Iran can be justifiably classified as evil, but the same was true of Mao's China in the sixties.

The same sort of claims were made about it's fiendish suicidal nature with quotes from Mao to support them.

The John Birch society and other rightists argued our course was suicide. Now the rightists evidently use "Strausian" diviniation to read below the facts and find the mystical truths, but I still do not regard it as the best approach.

Yes in Vietnam we were taught our enemies would take steps and sacrifices that didn't fit our definition of "reasonable," but none the less there was a logic to them.

I don't feel that you or the individual you quote are qualified to make such judgements simply by feeding your nightmare horrors into an enemy whose language you don't speak and whose society and government you don't understand.

Also quite simply the pragmatics give us time to think about alternatives rather than the thousand strike sortie our experts say might be necessary or the genocide of these devils implied by your position. The most pessimistic estimates put nke production at 2 years and they are unlikely.

Other approaches are possible before we nuke them, then of course the Pakistanis, then the Syrians because they might have Saddam's WMD, then of course Mecca because it's center of the Satanic religion that haunts you.


Hope you're right, Anna. Good luck.

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Well, Cicero is wrong if he thinks that a rogue nuclear attack would end international commerce as we know it. Closing commerce on such a scale would cost many more lives than the nuking of the occasional city.

It's not just "powerful interests" that depend on 'trade', but large swaths of humanity. Everything from foodstuffs, to fertilizers, to vaccines and other medicines, to money depends on it.

And before someone thinks including money (which is merely a proxy for wealth, afterall) is a facile comment, consider this: how are you going to keep basic utilities running if you can't pay for the supplies or the labor? And once you lose those utilities, in particular clean water supplies, you will be back to the bad old days of typhus and cholera and most of the rest of the old diseases. The die-back could end up in the range of billions dead, and would certainly be hundreds of milions dead within a year or two.

In short, we won't have to give up our Japanese cars, our Ikea furniture, and our Chinese whatnot. We'll simply blast the suspected offenders into the next world, and take that as a one-time write-off in the books.

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