Our Opinion: Patience still a must

October 09, 2001

The United States together with its allies has begun military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan and against Osama bin Laden's terror network in a bid to take the legs out from under a world of terrorism.

A difficult time lies ahead for the country, as can be expected in times of war, and this is one of those times. It may be difficult to accept that fact and face the reality of what occurred Sept. 11, but we must.

We also must continue to be patient. Here in the Imperial Valley we have seen long lines at the ports of entry as federal inspectors check vehicles much more closely to protect public safety. That is going to continue, probably for a long time.

People in the Imperial Valley have been patient and we urge people to continue to do so as sacrifice becomes the norm.


We fear that businesses that depend on traffic from Mexicali are going to have a tough time as the heightened security at the port, and the long border waits, continue. We only hope those businesses can survive. The consumers of the Imperial Valley can help those businesses by shopping locally.

It is understandable to be nervous about what the future holds. We have seen images of bin Laden telling the world that the people of the United States will not have peace until the goals of terrorists are met. We hear a lot of reports about the possibility of biological warfare. We see a war just getting started.

It is not the time for us to hole up in caves and hunker down for our individual survival. We are a part of the Imperial Valley community, we are a part of the United States and we are a part of the world community. We must prove to the terrorists they cannot terribly alter our way of life, that they have not succeeded in making us hide under our beds.

That is not what America is about.

It is up to each one of us to protect the American economy and to keep our country strong by making sure businesses can survive rough times. It may not seem like much of a help to the war effort, but it is a crucial element.

We would love to see the root of terrorism destroyed so it can no longer grow. That can happen, but it will take time, sacrifice and understanding of each other.

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