|How can Thomas Crapper
and Mickey Mouse help resolve the conflicts in Iraq and North Korea
better than the entire U.S. Administration? And, who the
heck is Thomas Crapper? Find out how these two forces,
well deployed, can change the outlook of two nations and the world.
They have already, and can again. They are both Sentinels
13, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 488
Mickey Mouse & Thomas Crapper -Keys To Beating Terrorism-
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 13-Two
fascinating events occurred on this date. Both offer
solutions to our challenges with Terrorism. The first
was the introduction of the Mickey Mouse comic strip in 1930,
the second, the 1863 introduction of the one-piece pedestal
flushing toilet by Thomas Crapper. Both were acts of
Vigilance that can, if employed, help reduce the threats of
Terrorism in Iraq and North Korea.
first at the Mickey Mouse Vigilance Solution.
In a world of Terrorism
it seems a new threat appears on the horizon each day that
endangers the security of the Children's Children's Children.
The turmoil leaves few safe havens. But there is hope.
One of those hopeful safe havens is Disneyland, a magical
kingdom where both parent and child transform into one, and
where illusion becomes reality, where the Trinity of Vigilance's
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions sweep away the Triad
of Terrorism's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
When one enters Disneyland
it is usually through an archway where a sign trumpets that
one is leaving one world for another--the world of coarse
reality for the world of beautiful illusion.
Whatever ills or
problems one has, or is afflicted by, must be checked
at the archway--at least mentally. Upon entering
the Magic Kingdom parents, children and loved ones find respite
in a world where everything is safe and secure, where there
is no abuse or hunger, poverty, no Fear, Intimidation or Complacency.
It is a world that fires the imagination, one that banishes
the Beast of Terror.
three decades I lived in Orange County, California.
Disneyland was about a twenty-minute drive away, just up Interstate
5. Whenever I wanted to feel good, I'd go to Disneyland.
I'd make up an excuse to take the kids, but the trip was for
me, to let my child, my "little guy inside" revel
in the joys of fantasy and illusion. Disneyland is a
world constructed totally by adults to free a child of all
the Fears, Intimidations and Complacencies of the "outer
world," and, by default, to salve the souls of the children's
parents, loved ones and guardians who brought the children
to the park.
The engineers who
built it squatted down when they designed Main Street so that
the vision they produced would appeal not to an adult's eye-level,
but rather to the eye-level of a child. Everything
was geared to open the child's mind to the magic of imagination--the
"what-can-be's" versus the "what is's"
I remember reading
about the history of Disneyland. When Walt Disney told
his wife, Lilly, he was going to build an amusement park she
turned up her nose at the idea and said, "But Walt, amusement
parks are dirty."
He reportedly looked
at her and smiled: "Mine will be the cleanest in
True to his word,
each night the streets of Disneyland are steam cleaned.
Almost before a piece of litter hits the ground, one of the
hundreds of maintenance crews rush to pick it up, burying
it out of sight in a Hefty bag. Cleanliness is one of
Disneyland's key to joy and happiness.
Mouse's first film
who made his film debut in 1928 in "Steamboat Willie,"
is the official greeter and logo of Disneyland. Each
year over 50 million people pass through Disneyland's Enchanted
Gates in Tokyo, Florida, Anaheim and Paris. Over a decade,
nearly one percent of the entire world's population visit
the Magic Kingdom. In 2005 another Disneyworld is scheduled
to open in Hong Kong.
is a United Nations for families, it exists at Disneyland.
There is no more symbolic arena of what the world should be
like for the children and great great grandchildren of the
future than at one of the Disneyworld theme parks. Inside
the Magic Kingdoms colors of skin, politics, religious differences
and economic diversity melt away. Parents,
grandparents, relatives and loved ones all become Sentinels
of Vigilance. The children's serenity, not the
greeds and desires of the adults, dominates the agenda.
If all the world were to meet at Disneyland, odds are a mandate
for stopping war and strife would result. The
future of the children would be the focus of all decisions.
decades ago, the world leaders recognized the power of Mickey
Mouse and the Disney approach to unifying the differences
of human beings through children.
In 1935 the recently
formed League of Nations, which would ultimately morph into
the United Nations, awarded Mickey Mouse a special medal.
It was a "symbol of goodwill," a notation by the
world leaders of the time that the power imagination trumpets
over Terrorism of all degrees. But in the ensuing years,
it seems we have forgotten to hold up Mickey Mouse as a symbol
of World Vigilance. If we reinstated him as the Children's
Sentinel of Vigilance, we might make more progress than we
have toward unifying all nations to the common goal of protecting
the Children's Children's Children from the Beast of Terror.
Mouse Coin of Vigilance minted by France
it would seem quite appropriate for the United Nations to
consider a mandate that a Disneyland theme park be built in
both Iraq and North Korea. The cost of such an
enterprise would be far less than the cost of war, and the
impact far more enriching for the people of both nations.
would make a great sidekick for Colin Powell.
important in helping bring Terrorism to its knees is the invention
of Thomas Crapper, introduced 140 years ago.
Modern technology has brought us many things of value in the
world, but none more important than that which Mr. Crapper
invented--the flushing pedestal indoor toilet. Over
the past fourteen decades, a vast number of human beings haven't
been Terrorized by having to rush to a primitive privy.
Instead, they can casually enjoy morning constitutions without
the uncivilized "outdoor" commodity--the one or
two-holer positioned outside their home where cold wind whips
through the cracks of warped wood and one has to hold his
or her breath to survive the experience.
Crapper's invention: the first indoor toilet
deep personal knowledge that Thomas Crapper's invention
can change one's outlook from Terrorism to Vigilance.
When I was in Vietnam, I lived on the front lines. We
used primitive outhouses. There was, of course, no flushing
water, just a wooden structure with a 50-gallon barrel located
under a wooden seat. It was a primitive way to
perform your toilet duties, and, a reminder of primal Terrorism.
You constantly had to check for bamboo vipers and spiders
before you sat down, plus, there was always the threat of
a sniper picking you off. You were truly a "sitting
a warrior, I didn't expect anything more than the primitive
toilet. U.S. Marines are trained to be tough and rough,
but there is a limit. I lusted for a Thomas Crapper
invention. My morning constitutions set my day, and
the more troubled they are, the more I grit my teeth the rest
of the day. And, I don't think I'm alone in this area.
convinced the more one lives in a Terrorist environment, the
more Terroristic one thinks. Families who live in poverty,
who are deprived cleanliness and conveniences, tend to be
full of angst, anger at their surroundings. It
is hardly likely a child who lives in depravation of human
basic sanitation can grow up with a smile on his or her face.
creates such poverty. It often keeps populations restrained
in ancient habits, denying civilized advancement because the
nations waste funds that could be used to build the standard
of living. North Korea, for example, spends over
50 percent of its total national budget on military expenditures.
In comparison, South Korea spends 4.4 percent. The recent
famine in North Korea that caused the death of more the 2
million of its citizens, is often attributed to a misappropriation
of funds from the people to the government. A diversion
of dollars from feeding the military machine to building the
infrastructure of the nation would go a long way toward paving
the road to peace.
For example, if the citizens of North Korea had access to
their own Disneyland, and each household had a flushing
toilet, the odds are the citizens wouldn't stand for a government
that took half their money and put into building the fourth
largest army in the world, or insisted on risking their by
provoking war to build nuclear weapons. Ironically,
a flushing toilet in every household in North Korea could
be the straw that breaks Kim Jong Il's warlord back.
toilet in the field
Thomas Crapper helped me want to end the war in Vietnam.
After being deprived of a flushing toilet for months, I went
on a search for one. I scoured the area near my
outpost and found nothing. So I extended my range farther
and farther until I ended up scouting out the First Marine
Division Headquarters in Chu Lai. There I found my prize--an
old French officers billet. Driven from South Vietnam in 1954,
the French left certain marks on the country. One of
them was a beautiful, flushing toilet.
Inside the billet I found behind a supply depot at Division
Headquarters was a beautiful tiled "throne."
You took two steps up the tile and there atop it was a magnificent
toilet. It gleamed like a jewel as shafts of South East
Asian sunlight splashed off the gleaming porcelain.
The toilet seat was made of rich, heavy oak. A long
water pipe speared up behind the throne toward a water tower
atop the building. Bolted on wall three feet above
the "throne" was a porcelain water container.
A brass chain hung down with an oak handle near the toilet
so that when you were finished you simply pulled the chain
and down flushed gallons of water that swooshed the waste
away in a loud, growl that sounded like a symphony orchestra
climaxing a masterful performance..
a week I made up some excuse to commandeer a jeep, drive through
hostile enemy territory, braving snipers who liked to sneak
along the narrow roads and take pot shots at Marines, and
raced to the French toilet I discovered.
to my 'throne'
I told no one about it. It was my very very very private
secret. There, with the sunlight shafting through the
windows, the oak seat snug against me, I was king of my own
domain. I was safe from the bamboo vipers and
spiders and snipers who liked to take pot shots at Marines
sitting on the outdoor toilet. War was a far-distant
thought. Peace and serenity consumed me.
some may scoff at this anti-war toilet-link, it is only because
they haven't lived like an animal, ate like an animal, or
fought like an animal.
civilized part of me--the Vigilant part--intuitively knew
that I must keep some connection with civilization or I might
be consumed by the Beast of Terror's desire I become nothing
more than an animal, forgetful that war's purpose is to make
room for the evolution of Vigilance by ridding the world of
Terrorism. I knew Terrorism suppressed evolution.
The more primitive the way of life of a people, the more vulnerable
they were to despots. The greater the distance
between the "haves" and "have nots" the
more chance of swaying the people to think they didn't deserve
such things as a flushing toilet or a Disneyland.
Terrorists like to keep their children in a constant state
of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency so they can dominate
them. A child abuser exercises power over his or her
prey--the child--making the child dependent, a slave to the
whim of the abuser. The abuser robs the child of dignity,
of the right to evolve into his or her own person.
In despotic, tyrannical
nations, such leaders treat their people as subjects, tools
of their personal glorification. They deny the
masses the right to individuality, to freedoms enjoyed by
other democratic nations. They like to keep the money
from a nation in their pocket, under their control, and there
is no easier and more efficient way to control a nation than
to have a military force that is well paid and well armed
to serve as the despotic leaders' personal body guard, who
will do what they are told even if it means the continued
enslavement in poverty of their own people.
person in such a society a flushing toilet would violate a
despot's rule of leadership through Intimidation.
It would start a revolution among the people for other conveniences,
other benefits that would eventually rob the despot's treasury.
In my opinion,
every evolving human being in every developing nation should
have a flushing toilet. And, every family member
should have access to their "national" Disneyland
for their children, and grandchildren. If all nations
had these two powerful assets, Terrorism would be on the run.
So, on this
day, January 13, we might all have lots of opinions about
resolving the impending war in Iraq, or easing the tensions
in North Korea. My suggestions are basic, perhaps primitive,
but they have value.
One, we should
all salute Thomas Crapper. Our Administration,
rather than trying to negotiate with Kim Jong Il or Saddam
Hussein, should go right to the source and put flushing toilets
in every home in North Korea and Iraq. The toilets
should be prominently marked with the slogan:
"Made In The USA!"
suggestion as mentioned above to rid these nations of Terror
Control is to build a Disneyworld in Iraq and North Korea.
Call them VigilanceWorld. Let Mickey Mouse be
the Ambassador of Vigilance. After all, sixty-eight
years ago the League of Nations recognized him as a Sentinel
of Vigilance and gave him a medal as a symbol of goodwill.
Why not put that symbol into action? Why not let Mickey
do the regime changing? Flushing toilets and Mickey
Mouse will drive the Beast of Terror into the wastelands faster
than bombs, bullets and sword rattling.
I think the
Sentinels of Vigilance would agree, don't you?
If you think
this idea has merit, make Mickey smile--take the Pledge of
next time you flush your toilet, thank a guy named Thomas
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