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Voters' views: Jim Hill
In the run up to the American presidential elections we will be asking a panel of voters - selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible across the US - to share their views on the key issues.

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Jim Hill

MEET THE PANEL
Jim Hill
Name: Jim Hill
Age: 48
Lives: Sudbury, Massachusetts
Job: Equipment finance manager
In 10 words or less: "Family man, business owner, community volunteer, gardener, fisherman, sports fan"

For future generations of free Iraqi people, 28 June 2004 will be remembered as a proud historical day.

For oppressed people everywhere that date will also provide hope.

The Iraqi people will now experience what many countries already have - personal freedom and national self-rule.

Bush, Blair, and other leaders and troops from the "Coalition Of The Willing" will be remembered throughout Iraq's history as the world now remembers those who sacrificed to make Europe free - with tremendous gratitude.

Future generations will look back at Saddam's removal from power and question why any thinking person could be against it, and the military action that brought it about.

After all, Saddam is a mass murderer who openly supported terrorism, ignored multiple UN agreements and put the world at risk.

I supported the Democratic Congressional leadership when they prodded Clinton to take action to remove him from power. I support the coalition for finally doing it.

I am proud that President Bush is one of the leaders who chose to protect free society, listened to people in need and did what was ultimately right for humanity.

I support four more years of Bush's true leadership.


Your comments:

From BBCArabic.com: The invasion of Iraq wasn't only about Saddam, the region is full of leaders who are worse than Saddam. The aim of the invasion was oil. And Israel is supporting it.
Sami, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  From BBCArabic.com: My word for all Arabs: leave Iraq to the Iraqis, as you don't like any interference in your political and social affairs. We thank the Americans for saving us from Saddam Hussein.
Albadiri, Iraq

There are many Americans, myself included, who most certainly do not agree with Mr Hill - or Mr Bush for that matter. I'm deeply disturbed by the Bush administration's rush to judgment (if you can call it judgment) and to war. If I had to choose one phrase to describe myself and other Americans who feel as I do, it would be "sucker-punched in the heartland".
Toni Gould, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

I am glad Bush has done what he did. The US is the last superpower. Why not use that power to better other people's lives? The Iraqi people are better off without Saddam. As to who we should attack next? I would rather be fighting to help others than sitting back watching them suffer.
Jay, Kansas City, USA

It is really sad to know that people in this country cannot see the horrors the US has brought upon people all over the world. How many lives must we destroy to compensate for the almost 3,000 who died on 9/11? If Saddam's past is the justification for killing our soldiers and the people of Iraq then someone needs to invade the US for their past failings. My suggestion to Mr Hill is this, since he feels the Bush Administration did the right thing then he should go to Iraq and fight for his country.
Luther, Cypress, USA

The war has been a very difficult one, but I think President Bush did the right thing. All wars result in the loss of lives. What other countries think is not as important as standing tall for what you believe in and doing the right thing. That's leadership.
Chester Dietrick, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

I can't fathom how anyone can compare Bush to those who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe. I do think Saddam's regime needed toppling but I don't think it was done the right way. Too many innocents lost their lives.
Luke, Newcastle, UK

If it is OK to attack a country which has done nothing to us and then pretend that we are doing its people a favour because their form of government is too oppressive to suit our taste, then which country do we attack next? Who should make up rules as to who we attack? Just how far do we go, and for how long?
Brenda, Chicago, IL, USA

I am not sure what Mr Hill is so proud. Take a step outside the country and look at it from without. Look for some real information on the war in Iraq and the history of that country instead of reading the government release du jour. A very dismal picture arises.
Marton, Munich, Germany




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