The aromas of fresh coffee and freshly baked bread are a typical backdrop to early morning life on Main Street in downtown El Centro.
This morning the opinions were stronger than the coffee when it came to the bombing raids by U.S. and British forces on terrorist-held strongholds in Afghanistan on Sunday morning.
Jim Driscoll, an El Centro resident, was pleased at the military action, but said, "First we really need to get the terrorists out of our country. There are probably a lot of them still here. Certainly that should be our prime mission here at home."
When asked how he felt about the dropping of emergency food rations to the Afghan people, many of whom are suffering from severe malnutrition, Driscoll said, "I say that we're not mad at the Afghani people per se. They're a poor people … we're not fighting the Afghan people; we're fighting a group of terrorists that happen to be in there."