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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19, 2011 8 Will There Be a War Between U.S. and China? by Attorney David J. Saliba Formosa is an island off the coast of Mainland China. Formosa is now called Taiwan. President Chiang Kai-Shek was the President of Mainland China. In 1949, a civil war existed between the communist of China and the Chinese government led by Chiang Kai-Shek. Chiang Kai-Shek was losing the civil war. Chiang Kai-Shek fled to Formosa with about 2 million people from Mainland China. The communist then took over the government and called China the People's Republic of China. Chiang Kai-Shek, while on Formosa, claimed he was still the leader of Mainland China. The People's Republic of China became the rulers of Mainland China. The People's Republic of China says that Formosa is part of China and they want to take it back. The United States has a treaty with Formosa (Taiwan) guaranteeing its independence. This means that if Mainland China makes a move to take back Formosa, the U.S. will fight to prevent that. Why did we make a treaty to defend Formosa? We.made the treaty because of fear of Communism. Socialism and Communism are very similar. They both distribute goods and services accord- ing to the needs of its people regardless of the people's ability to produce. It is simi- lar to a welfare estate. China was a com- munist nation. Russia was a communist nation. We had a cold war with Russia. We felt that communism was a threat to our capitalism. Guess what? We have become more socialistic than Russia and China. Right now China knows that the United States is mightier than China. We are cur- rently involved in three wars. The United States is $14 trillion in debt. Currently China's quarterly trade surplus is $11.4 bil- lion. Economists speculate that China will become the world's largest economy in the near future. China is intent in reclaiming Taiwan. It knows it doesn't have the power to take it now. In view of the U.S. treaty with Taiwan, the United States is committed to protect Taiwan. China is spending billions in advancing its military power. Some day China will feel that is has the power to invade Taiwan. What happens then? If that happens we will be involved in another war, this time, with a nation that has more than a billion and half people. YOU FIGURE!If! • News BTiefs (Continued from Page 1) We seemed to have learned very little from our time fighting in Vietnam. Remember the saying, "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it?" We are repeating it. Instead of jungles, we have sand. You can bet if we still had a draft, this war would be history by now. Here's one baby boomer wondering where the outrage is. Perry Plans Visits to S.C. and N.H. Governor Rick Perry of Texas visited two early primary states, South Caro- lina and New Hampshire, on Saturday, August 13. The Texas Republican keeps inching closer to announc- ing a presidential bid. With President Obama's dismal economic record and the success in Texas in creat- ing new real jobs and balancing the state budget, Governor Perry looks more and more like a candidate for president. TSA Gets into Profiling Fliers? The U.S. Transportation Security Administration re- cently started testing an expanded behavioral-detec- tion security program at Logan International Airport, the first airport in the nation to roll out this enhanced screening method. Under this program, TSA officers will speak to every boarding passenger going through the Terminal A Security Check- point. Passengers will be Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 asked several questions and the intent is to detect sus- picious behavior. TSA says it will take all of 20 seconds. Israeli security at airports have been psychologically profiling passengers for years with great results. However, I'm not sure this TSA program isn't anything more than good p.r. as we head toward the tenth anni- versary of 9/1 I. How can you possibly train TSA officers with a three-week course? The Valley Breeze is a Conservative Gem Whenever I am down in North Attleboro, I pick up a copy of a newspaper out of Cumberland, RI called The Valley Breeze. The news- paper's publisher is a guy by the name of Tom Ward, and I always look forward to his pieces. He writes some of the best conservative com- mentary around. His latest is on" the compromise struck in Washington, DC aptly entitled "Thank you, terror- ists, for slowing the spend- ing (August 3-9, 2011)." Right from paragraph one you know this is a good read when he writes, " ... Presi- dent Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have saved us all by agree- ing to 'cut spending' by $2. I trillign overe course of 10 years." Ward points out cor- rectly that no spending is actually being cut. All we will do is cut the rate of growth in spending. He is right. Say Washington plans to spend $15 billion this year, then decides to spend only $12 billion? Washington would call this $2 trillion in spending cuts. The gov- ernment proceeds to put the new $3 trillion on a charge card. Most of us would call this a spending increase PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.I".P. of $3 trillion. Democrats called Tea Party Republicans who were slamming the brakes on increased spend- ing "terrorists." Spending is bankrupting our government and most of us want real spending cuts rather than pretend cuts. U.S. Represen- tative Mike Doyle, (D-Penn.) at a meeting of the Demo- cratic caucus reported-ly stated, "We have negotiated with terrorists." I saw U.S. Senator John F. Kerry say that the com- promise reached was the best we could get thanks to those bad Tea Party Repub- licans who prevented a much more reasonable bill. He did a good spin with the name calling. You had to read between his words to know the harshness of his blabbering. Meanwhile, I'll keep read- ing the Valley Breeze be- cause editorially, it is a breath of fresh air. Tea Party Folks are Not Terorists and They Ain't Carjacking the Country During the recent debt- ceiling debate, liberals were whacking the Tea Party folks. NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd called them "a maniac gang." The Ari- zona Daily Star reportedly ran an editorial cartoon with Obama ordering Navy SEALs to kill tea party con- gressmen. If anything, the Tea Party Republicans in the House showed them- selves to be guided by prin- ciple. When they ran for office, they made promises to voters. When they got to the House, none forgot those promises. Isn't that a refreshing change for a bunch of politicians? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid up on Capitol Hill called House Tea Party members "a small group of radical Republicans who don't represent mainstream America." Even U.S. Senator John McCain got into the act slapping Tea Party Republi- cans and calling them "Tea Party Hobbits." Members of the Tea Party movement are no more radi- cals or terrorists then the original Boston, Ta Pzr.-tĄ protestors were Indians. ,' eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeoeeoeeeeeeeeeeeee: i I _IlDEO by Bob Morello * VIEWS...o than meets theeye * Q • ooo@@@ooooo•ooooooooo@••oooeoooeeooooeoeeooeoo CMT CROSSROADS: TRAIN & MARTINA McBRIDE/DVD Republic Nashville Chart-topping Grammy- Award winners and multi- platinum rockers Train and Grammy-Award winning country queen Martina McBride combine their su- perstar talent on this CMT Crossroads journey. Energy, soul and rock-and-roll abound in this superb show as they perform songs including McBride's "A Broken Wing" and "Wrong Baby Wrong," and Train delivers "Drops of Jupiter," "Marry Me" and "Hey, Soul Sister." The nine- song DVD contains inter- views with the artists and two never-before-seen bonus performances -- "For These Times" and "Calling All Angels." Unbelievable! (50 mins.) THE LINCOLN LAWYER Blu-ray/DVD Lionsgate Mickey Haller is L.A.'s top criminal defense lawyer  -- a fast living, freewheeling pro who does business out of the back seat of his classic Lincoln town car. He knows all the ins and outs of the legal system and how to exploit them to his clients' advantage. But after agree- ing to defend a wealthy young man accused of rape and murder, Mickey finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of violence, vengeance and deception that threatens to not only end his career but also his life. The ultimate thriller! (1 hr. 59 mins.) MI-5: VOLUME 9 (3-DVD) BBC MI-5's Section D is re- armed with new and talented personnel ready to shake things up. One month after Ros's funeral, the team is tracking suspected terror- ist, Abib, on a boat from Tangiers. Meanwhile the usually calm, confident Harry is caught in a difficult position when he is forced to work "closely with the Russians. Relations be- tween the CIA and MI-5 reached the breaking point over mysterious hackers. A horrific truth is uncovered about Lucas's past by Harry when they come face to face in a compelling interroga- tion. Friendships are tested to the limit, Harry and Ruth's bond intensifies and the depth of deceit leads to the ultimate game of cat and mouse. Eight exciting epi- sodes from the UK's 9  sea- son. (7 hrs. 53 mins.) ENTOURAGE: SEVENTH SEASON (2-DVD) HBO Home Entertainment With a wealth of bonus materials, fans can again immerse themselves in the hip tinsel town lifestyle of Vince and the gang. For Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle, life in Hollywood's fast lane can be an intoxi- cating ride. This season, af- ter an accident during the filming of his latest action flick, Vince develops a new lease on life that makes him even more difficult to man- age, while each of the guys must decide which steps to take to map out their own futures, both personally and professionally. Don't miss the final season of Entou- rage, which premiered July 24 $ on HBO. (4 hrs. 45 mins.) DAMAGES: THIRD SEASON (3-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inspired by recent world- wide economic events, the acclaimed Third Season of the award-winning legal thriller stars Glenn Close as litigator Patty Hewes. Con- fronting the most challeng- ing case of her illustrious career, Patty and trusted lieutenant Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) meet their match against the manipu- lative Tobin family empire matriarch Marilyn (Lily Tomlin), son Joe (Campbell Scott) and the clan's loyal attorney Leonard Winstone (Martin Short). When former prot6g6 Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) is also pulled into the maelstrom, she discovers she hasn't escaped Patty Hewes after all. The verdict is in -- this is a "must watch" DVD! (9 hrs. 33 mins.) LEAPFROG: SING AND LEARN WITH US (DVD) Lionsgate Discover reading fun with 12 sing-along stories intro- ducing short vowel sounds, starring the Us band! Kids can let reading take center stage with Al, Og, Meg, Izzy and Gus. Toe-tapping tunes and delightful stories help your little ones build their skills and confidence while following along on-screen or in storybooks. Sing, laugh and learn about vowels with these animated tales star- ring Us -- and youl Includes 12 printable sing-along storybooks. (32 mins.) MICK JAGGER o THE ROARING 20s (DVD) MVDvisual Not always credited with such, Mick Jagger has been equally as pivotal to the Roll- ing Stones as his song- writing partner and band mate for almost 50 years, Keith Richards. Indeed, the difference in style, charac- ter and philosophy between Mick and Keith make for probably the greatest union -- albeit often far from har- monious  in the history of popular music. This docu- mentary film concentrates on Jagger's life and career, both within and without the Stones, across the period during which he was in his twenties. This is the same period that for most fans was the band's heyday, during which they produced music of quite staggering quality. (1 hr. 46 mins.)