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By Don Kattic
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

When are the citizens and politicians in this country of ours going to realize that North Korea, Russia and China are not our friends and never will be?

Recently, North Korea warned that U.S. military forces in South Korea “would meet a miserable destruction” if the two allies went ahead with planned military drills in March. This message was stated in the North Korean media.

How about the illegal nuclear tests conducted recently by the North Koreans? Where do you think their missiles with nuclear warheads are scheduled to explode?

And our good friend — Vladimir Putin? What an interesting election that was in Russia.

I assume there are thousands of unfortunate orphans in Russia who sit in waiting to be adopted, mostly by Americans who have compassion for these children.

Because of one or two instances where problems happened pertaining to these children, Putin put a stop to this program of adoption by Americans. In my opinion, this is not critical thinking!

And last but not least, our good friend — China.

Our national debt in this country is astronomical. I understand that a large portion of this debt is owed to China. If this is so — it doesn't make any sense!

China produces most rare-earth oxides and nearly all rare-earth metals for the manufacturing of phones, flat-screen TVs, computer monitors, hybrid cars and smart bombs.

In 1951, when the Korean conflict was in progress, I enlisted in the Marine Corps because I love my country and I believed my country needed me. I served four years, one of which was in Korea.

I returned home with a souvenir of shrapnel and survived the winter in Korea (50 degrees below zero at one time).

I never once complained about being there except when I returned to the United States.

There was no band playing at the dock in San Francisco, similar to the situation when the Vietnam veterans returned home.

Now it seems that every time I go shopping and pick up an item, it says, “Made in China.” This boggles my mind and my family and friends tell me to “get over it.” I can't!

Perhaps lawmakers should spend a portion of their salaries to purchase bumper stickers saying “Buy American” to pass out.

Don Kattic, a North Huntingdon resident, is commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars J. Howard Snyder Post 781.

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