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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janet brown

The destruction of Hezbullah would be a wonderful thing. Seeing as how it is integgrated into 40% of the population it's probably impossible.

The destruction of Hzebullah units along the Isreali border would be a wonderful thing. And it may happen now that Israel has entered into serious land battle after it's first retreat. But the effort is still timid.

The efforts attributed to the battle against Hezbullah were not. Israeli planes do not hit rocket crews. They hit occupied areas minutes and sometimes days after the rockets are fired.

Israeli bombs do not stop Hezbullah smugling of weapons, they keep food and fuel from the population, they break the economy. Attacks on yogurt fatcories and fishing ports and other pieces are also not about Hezbullah.

It's about punishing the Lebanese people.

Israel has now driven out the foreign community, the basis for economic revival. It has driven hundreds of thousands of poor Shiites into the other areas of Lebanon and while relationships are currently mostly cordial, this could be the pressure to ignite civil war.

Possibly htens of thousands or hundrds of thousands will die from disease and rekindled violence. Lebanon may once again become a borken state like Afghanistan was and is ikely yo soon be again, like Somalia and probably Iraq. These become hotbeds for terrorsists and "reasonable" negotiation becomes increasingly farfetched.

The whole business of attaching moral responsibility ios a game of modern rightism and it's opposite among the Arbas. We once had a pragmatic approach, it did not deal in ansoutes, it made deals, we had "cold wars" and we came out ok.

And Isreal has been ok. It's propsperity ha sincreased and it's safety was assured until recent flubs convinced Arabs it might be vulnerable. Hezbulah was not an existential threat and the same people who assured us that it was intolerable said Iraq suffering far greate rrates of death was great. Yes Israel did face a medium term threat from Iran, but it was typically exaggerated. And there are definitely all sorts of forces focused on it.

But the drama queens said "act now, act forcefully, the current situation is intolerable, se must destroy all evil: Iraq, Lebanon then Syria, then Iran then... this will purify the world and all will be good!"

Of couse these are the same people who hate conservation and believe a good car gets five miles a gallon, they wil lose their will when gas hits 10 dollars a gallon, they are already criticizing Israel as being useless as an ally because it';s military actions have been so dissapointing.

But we and Israel will be left with the pieces from this mess. Almost certainly a wild and wooly Leabon will be one of them, along with a world that saw we did not care for the agony of that nation, but were filled with people like a woman who bitter over her unhappy marriage ised the existence of Hezbullah propaganda and other excuses to imply Lebanon was not suffering, that it was not being destroyed, whose military is led by a man who when asked what he felt after bombing inncocent civiolians said all he felt was a somewhat lighter plane.

Charlie (Colorado)

Israeli bombs do not stop Hezbullah smugling of weapons, they keep food and fuel from the population, they break the economy. Attacks on yogurt fatcories and fishing ports and other pieces are also not about Hezbullah.


What worries me is that you might actually believe this nonsense.

Look, Janet: these small rockets, in a case, are about the size of a trombone. 10,000 rounds of ammunition will fit in a small suitcase. Do you really imagine that roads and fishing ports aren't places where materiel could be smuggled?

Or is it that you somehow imagine that there is a magical force field that keeps Hizb'allah from bringing weapons into a "fishing" port?



Janet, we did NOT "come out ok" of the Cold War. Rather, we avoided one major danger (nuclear war with the Soviets and Soviet enslavement of Europe) but are now paying the price with a very different major danger. If you read Al Qaeda's basic strategy manual, you will see that much of their anger towards the U.S. is caused by the very "real politik" you champion. Our deal-making to gain allies in the fight against communism empowered dictators and tyrants like Saddam Hussein, the Saud dynasty, and others. Post WWI actions by the British and the rest of the world screwed up the Middle East in a major way, and we're paying the price now.


Amba, I have to say I think there's some truth in the article you discuss. Not 100%, but a substantial amount. Many moderate Lebanese are wont to complain about how powerless they were to deal with Hezbollah, but the fact is that they preferred making a deal with the devil rather than fight it. They believe that eventually they would have succeeded in getting Hezbollah to voluntarily disarm through negotations. While there is some possibility of that, I think (which I discussed here), I don't think the odds of it are very high. Moreover, they ran precisely this risk, that Hezbollah would spark a war while they were waiting.

This is not to blame the non-Hezbollah Lebanese for the current situation. As individuals, they are all victims. But as a country, they share some responsibility for the choices they made.

In my posts at Stubborn Facts, I have often cited Lebanon.Profile as the voice of moderate, modern Lebanon. He is a good man and means well, I think. But he also is eager to place blame on all quarters other than the Lebanese government and its supporters. He ignores the risk which they necessarily accepted when they decided to leave Hezbollah for another day. They are also eager to blame the international community for not giving them more support. In that, they may well be right; however, I doubt that international support would have made the Lebanon border with Syria any tighter, or really forced Hezbollah to open its enclaves to allow the Lebanese government to extend its rule.


I was quite shocked when I first read that Hezbollah had enclaves within Lebanon that the Lebanese government was not allowed to enter. Talk about impotent sovereignty.

Perhaps the Lebanese bear some degree of collective responsibility for enabling Hezbollah. But it's hard to imagine even a critical Lebanese being quite as contemptuous as this guy -- or as adulatory of Israel. That's what makes it sound like a plant. I'm not knocking it -- Israel had better have good psyops, its enemy does -- just saying that this article perhaps should not be taken at face value.


No doubt, Amba. The author concludes:

Like the overwhelming majority of Lebanese, I pray that no one puts an end to the Israeli attack before it finishes shattering the terrorists.

That's just not true. It runs counter to every Lebanese blog I've read out there. The majority of Lebanese clearly want the Israeli attack to end, and the sooner the better. They may also want Hezbollah gone, but they want the Israeli attack to end more than they want Hezbollah gone.



ur doing a great job blogging the war. i wouldn't have seen this piece but for you.

i dont agree with it, but still.

if he wanted to rid lebanon of syria and thinks that using israel as his enforcement tool is a prudent idea, he too had two years to engage israel and the west to give the lebanese military money, power, and most of all, political backing, to take on syria-iran-hezbollah. perhaps he was. But sanctioning war-time death to advance an overarching political-diplomatic agenda, is just stupid. war is politics is like saying porn is sex. no thanks on savagery.

H. Abram

HEZBOLLAH'S MEDIA MANIPULATION Were it possible get information about the conditions in Lebanon outside of the areas under Hezbollah’s control, this would allow observers to make a more accurate assessment. From chance remarks, I have deduced that a) there are quiet areas, as this was given as one of the reasons some people chose to stay on in Lebanon, rather than accept the offer of evacuation and b)on another occasion, a reporter (Sky news) happened to mention in passing that in the north there were no shortages of food or other necessities, that markets were buzzing and life was carrying on as usual, but when you moved south it was like entering another country.

FOR THE FIRST TIME I heard about conditions outside of Hezbollah areas. The Case of Beirut – Sky news 6th August reported that, apart from a small area in the south of the city, life was continuing as normal. Reporter commented how strange it felt to have people living a normal life, shops, cafes and restaurants open and even that some people were holidaying in the capital, while a few meters away the bombardment was continuing. Also showed a plane landing at the one runway not destroyed and used mainly for ferrying humanitarian aid. This clearly demonstrates that Israel’s air strikes are not disproportionate, and are confined to Hezbollah areas. The evidence is further supported by the fact that the Arab leaders’ summit on 7th August is being held in Beirut. I have a map of the city, which I have not been including in my information pack, because the damage seemed so miniscule that I was not convinced of its authenticity. However from comments above it would appear to be accurate and I am re-instating the map.

ALSO CHECK OUT COMPLETE ARTICLE details of which given below.

CNN's Anderson Cooper Exposes Hezbollah's Media Manipulations
Posted by Rich Noyes on July 25, 2006 - 17:54.
On Monday’s "Anderson Cooper 360," CNN’s Anderson Cooper related his visit to a Hezbollah-controlled section of Beirut where he was supposed to photograph certain damaged buildings, part of the terrorist group’s strategy of generating news stories about Lebanese civilian casualities caused by Israeli bombs.
But instead of merely transmitting Hezbollah’s unverified and unverifiable claims to the outside world, Cooper — to his credit — exposed the efforts by Hezbollah to manipulate CNN and other Western reporters.

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