Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, March 24, 2003

Even in this most difficult time the father of Shane Childers, one of the first US soldiers to be killed in action in Iraq, still supports the war effort.

The father of one of the first U.S. soldiers killed in action in Iraq said he supports the U.S. attack.

"I feel this needed to be done," said Joseph Childers.

Second Lt. Therrel Shane Childers, 30, of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton in California, was killed last Friday in southern Iraq.

Joseph Childers was in the Navy for more than 20 years, including a stint in Vietnam, before retiring and moving to Wyoming with his wife 13 years ago.

The conflict with Iraq had been simmering for too long, the elder Childers said. Too often, dictators such as Saddam Hussein are created and allowed to flourish while others suffer, he said.

"The first thing dictators do is oppress their own people and then they go after others," Childers said.

With the United Nations apparently unwilling to take decisive action, Childers said someone else had to take charge.

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