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Our Opinion: Struggle is just begining

November 09, 2001

It may seem like a lot of time has passed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against America. Recent news coverage has shifted from the attacks to new worries about anthrax exposure and controversy over whether all the relief money raised for the families of those who died in the attacks is actually getting to those families.

There has been news coverage of the war America and its allies are just beginning in Afghanistan, but this war doesn't make for good television. It seems we are seeing less and less of it in daily media coverage.

America is continuing to drop bombs on Afghanistan to try to rid the country of the Taliban rulers and destroy terrorist organizations there. We are using ground troops — at least based on reports — sparingly. It may not seem dramatic, but it is. Every day Americans are risking their lives in battle.

We must remember our president told us this is going to be a long, slow war that could take years to achieve its objectives. He said there could be, and most likely would be, American casualties. We must not forget this, and we must not lose sight of the ultimate objective.

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It may seem like a long time since Sept. 11, but it was not that long ago. We may not see the pictures of the destroyed World Trade Center as much now, but there still are relief workers doing everything they can to repair New York.

And, perhaps most important, Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are still out there. We must continue our objective to wipe out terrorism. We must persevere and, as we move on with our lives, not forget what has occurred or why we are in Afghanistan.

We are going to have to send more troops into the country to make sure the Taliban and all terrorist fronts are wiped out completely. Until that happens, they will stand as a threat to not only America, but the entire world.

Perseverance is an important word and so is the word "united." We must stay united if we are to succeed. As the war continues, it might become easy to weaken in our resolve. That is what the Taliban and the terrorists are counting on because they think Americans are soft. We must show them they are wrong, and we must continue to make them pay for the lives they have taken.

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