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Read your comments Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 16:50 GMT
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Saddam Hussein
How long will the smile last?

I would like to know exactly who is going to control the output of oil after the war is over. I am pretty sure that US is going to control the oil but will Britain just stand back and let them get on with it? Will the US just flood the world market with oil, and what will the other oil-producing countries reactions be?
Ingrid Harris, N. Ireland

I say let the people who suffered for all those years decide on who they want to lead them

Pauline Duggan
I agree whole heartedly with the many sentiments of 'Saddam should be removed' and 'war protesters should be forced to watch this' (especially in France). I also believe that all the media reporters currently in Iraq would do well to watch this as it just may give them a far more balanced view & perspective. In the longer term it may well be all about oil.
Simon Jones, UK

I was crying listening to that young woman talking about the way both her children and herself were tortured by Saddam's henchmen. How could any human being do that to little innocent children? However, I wasn't very impressed with the so-called opposition 'in waiting', particularly the guy that the Americans are lining up to take over. It would be just like them to install someone like that guy that was mentioned on the programme. None of the opposition impressed me as they all seemed to have left their people to suffer alone and now want to 'cash in' on any rewards that are going. I say let the people who suffered for all those years decide on who they want to lead them.
Pauline Duggan, Ireland

Can you tell me what is John Sweeney's view of a war with Iraq. Because recently his programmes could have been made by the pentagon. Yes there was a lot of interesting detail in the programme, but repeating this now makes it look too pro war. Trouble is, his previous programme about the sanctions, was in part misleading and unfair too George Galloway. Why was he not given a right of reply? So I am now sceptical of After Saddam
Trevor Harris, England

This was as honest and informative as it gets right now

Ian Jones
That was an excellent program last night (Wed). Shame about the timing- this is the kind of information people needed to know years ago.
Anon, UK

I think those protestors against the war, owing to inevitable civilian casualties, may alter their viewpoint when they realise that if Saddam remains in power, there could be many more civilian casualties. I was horrified to see the attacks his regime launched on its own people.
Claire Whittaker, United Kingdom

The BBC doing what it has always done better than anyone, an honest and at times difficult programme to watch. People may have their differing opinions about War and this latest conflict but this was as honest and informative as it gets right now. I appreciate your excellent programme for getting beyond the Propaganda and giving a clear and concise history of Iraq.
Ian Jones, England

For many people, there will be confusion as to whom to trust in this present situation

Sandra Perratt
The BBC has a responsibility to screen this programme and more like it, not at midnight, but at peak time and copies should be made available to the schools who seem to encourage their pupils to demonstrate against the war. When pupils and others opposing the war begin to understand the real problems in Iraq, they will realise that coalition leaders, and the service men and women who are sacrificing their lives for the benefit of others, deserve far more support.
Michael Swerdlow, England

Whatever your perspective or opinion on the present situation in Iraq, what is apparent is the varying degrees to which people who are able to in Iraq, are voicing their opinions to the present war. For the people of Iraq have so many issues to consider, and as a result a true objective analysis of what Iraqi's people are feeling, is hard to distinguish. For many people, there will be confusion as to whom to trust in this present situation, and secondly many Iraqis have suffered for so long that the fact that they have an opinion at all will be a confusing experience, whatever their opinions as to the present situation.
Sandra Perratt, Scotland

I'm sickened to think that my licence fee was used to show this programme at this time. It's all very well for Jon Sweeney to drive around in the safety of London cabs criticising - what does he suggest? When all the whiter than white figures in Iraq where literally buried years ago. Didn't Winston Churchill say, on being questioned of his dealings with Stalin - "I would talk with the Devil himself if it brought about the early end of Hitler"
Robert Matthews, England

Protesters against the war on Iraq do fully realise the evils of Saddam Hussein

Sheila Broun
I think the only way for the world population to be satisfied with the outcome of the war on Iraq, is for the coalition forces to leave as soon as possible, leaving the administration to people who have no vested interest. Maybe countries such as Iceland, or bodies such as the UN in combination with the Arab nations, and Amnesty international, which, however unfeasible, could gain support from most unbiased people
Graeme, UK

Protesters against the war on Iraq do fully realise the evils of Saddam Hussein, but are greatly concerned by the weapons which Britain and America intend to unleash - even in a short campaign. It may appear that there are few casualties, but Britain and America will be unleashing a crime against humanity never before seen - a contamination of earth and water that will cause cancer for millions of as yet unborn generations of people.
Sheila Broun, Britain

This program did not go into detail about the main reason for this war - which is, if you didn't already know, oil! In my opinion, this program was to get the public to change their mind about the war.
Iffath Hussain, England

Doubt remains in the minds of many that black gold is the stronger motive for Regime change

David Pointing
At long last - a dispassionate view of Saddam's brutal regime. This programme should be compulsory viewing for anyone who doubts the moral case for removing the Iraqi dictator.
Nigel, UK

You seem to have failed to mention the mass graves of those Iraqi's killed by the West during the 1991 Gulf War when they were 'suppressing' Iraq's invasion of Kuwait (after all the West has killed many more Iraqis than Saddam ever did with bombing, sanctions, and not to mention their incitement to start the Iran-Iraq War, and the massacre of retreating Iraqis from Kuwait) - nothing like balanced journalism eh!
Ted, UK

Need there be any more said as to why Saddam has to be dealt with and quickly? If it were France or Germany would the world stand by and debate? Oh, I forgot that did happen once didn't it and the world didn't stand by did it - what was I thinking?
Skip Perry, USA

This whole Iraq thing has gotten so complicated I don't know who to believe any more

Colin
If anyone had any doubts about Saddam's mass violation of human rights, they would surely have been convinced by John Sweeney's thorough investigation. However, doubt remains in the minds of many that black gold is the stronger motive for Regime change. We can only hope that the actions of the West, unlike many of those in the past, lead to an improved standard of living for all Iraqi's and not just those of the elite.
David Pointing , England

As an Assyrian Christian from Iraq this is nothing new for me and my people. We are the original people of Iraq and we suffered a lot at the hand of Saddam's criminal regime, he burned more than 200 of our villages in our Assyrian homeland in northern Iraq with the help of the Kurdish leader (KDP) in order to get rid of any Assyrian living there.
Yousip Enwiya, USA

More Zionist propaganda promoting the use of British and American lives in Israel's war by proxy. You are being watched very closely, and you will be held to account.
Joshua Lynn, UK

I am sure if you give this info to the UN, they can spare a couple of people for a day to check it out. This whole Iraq thing has gotten so complicated I don't know who to believe any more.
Colin, UK citizen in Germany

As one among millions who thinks the idea of war against the Iraqi people is not the way forward I did find it thought provoking to have a reminder of the atrocities that Saddam has inflicted on his people. I deeply hope that Saddam can be toppled but whether war will make this happen I do not know. I suspect when (as it will) war comes Saddam will disappear like Osama bin Laden and the only people to suffer will be the Iraqis and our fantastic armed forces.
Helen Kerridge, UK

I'm sure the future of Iraq can be bright and the opposition leaders will make sure of this; if they can be given a chance

James
I was reduced to tears on hearing the torture that a so called leader of his country could inflict on his own people. Forget about the oil, just go in there and take this barbarian out. If we had done this twelve years ago, how many people would still be living and have surviving families. We need to help these people to regain their self respect and look forward to a life of peace and calm, and this can only be achieved by removing Saddam from power. As your report stated tonight from the Iraqi people, would it not be better to lose a few than allow this tyrant to massacre thousands more of innocent people, just to satisfy his own sadistic needs.
Mrs. Catherine Chapman, England

I have agreed that subject to the Nato agreement we should go to war. But after watching the programme tonight on BBC2 - After Saddam, I feel we must help these people to be free from this regime. If the people of Iraq know some will die in the name of freedom, then so be it. To help the children to survive hopefully with their parents then we must do it. But we must help them to provide a government they want. God help them, our troops and us.
M.Harrop

I hope plenty of peace activists were able to watch this programme from the comfort of their chairs, still believing that "inspections are working".
Tom Dechaene, Belgium

After watching this well researched programme I could not feel even more for getting rid of Saddam and this evil regime. I think that all the anti war people should have watched this program and realise that sending in more arms inspectors will not stop this evil. I'm sure the future of Iraq can be bright and the opposition leaders will make sure of this - if they can be given a chance. The only chance this will become possible will be military action. Good Luck to everyone involved let's hope the cavalry come soon!
James, Scotland

Why do they think that America will help them this time after they were let down so tragically the last

Adamk o'Boyle
Thank you for pointing out how the West has failed countless millions of people by propping up murderous across the world. The only thing Bush and his cronies are interested in is maintaining regimes friendly to themselves, regardless of the effect this might have on the people living under those regimes. Remember, Saddam was the West's friend (or at least not an enemy) until he overstepped the mark and invaded Kuwait.
Christopher Slater-Walker, Watford, UK

I thought this programme was very interesting although I felt the opening part which recapped on recent history involving the British occupation of Iraq was factually incorrect. It suggested that life was peaceful in Iraq during that time where as I was under the impression that the British had just as many problems with the Kurds and Shia's as Saddam has now and we put down any rebellion in just as much a brutal way as Saddam, including Churchill ordering the gassing of Kurd villages. Am I wrong?
Phil, UK

It seems Saddam has made himself a modern day Lucifer because as in the Correspondent programme he also has killed his own people. I see no problem in going to war against Saddam and if the Bible calls people like him an oppressor why are all those people out marching on peace demos as if they have the high moral ground because as seen in the programme Iraqi people who have suffered under the regime want Saddam removed.
Mark Mitchell, N. Ireland

I feel that the Iraqi opposition looks as corrupt as the present regime. Also why do they think that America will help them this time after they were let down so tragically the last?
Adamk o'Boyle, Ireland

There was no mention whatsoever of the indigenous Assyrian Christians of Iraq

John Michael
Thank you for showing the real face of the Iraqis' dictator and thanks to two brave men President Bush and Prime-minister Tony Blair that hopefully will help Iraqi people to get rid of Saddam Hussein. I really hope that these brave men are still in power and help Iranian people to get rid of so-called Islamic regime in Iran. And those who marched against war, why they didn't say anything about people who suffer in Iran? Thank you Tony, you have our 100%support of both Iranian and Iraqis people in UK and over there.
Dr.Reza.Abadian, UK

I am an Iraqi doctor, working in UK. Thank you for giving the British people the opportunity to know the brutality of Saddam. Being in Iraq at the time of the public uprising, I witnessed many of his atrocities. I saw mass graves in hospitals, I saw bodies in the streets, a hospital, its floor was covered with three layers of dead bodies and also saw long vehicles carrying Scud missiles to be buried in the desert to the west of al Najef city. .
Anon, UK

A piece of excellent journalism. I really feel I have been shown the facts and truth from someone I trust. I am organising peace vigils at my church. Now I will have to say that peace can not have Saddam remaining and this will be informed. I would love to get a chance to speak with John or have an email from him as to will this be a just war and will peace follow?
Nick Marshall, England

These divisions between all Iraqis will be exacerbated and lead to the collapse of Iraq

Jane S
Why is it that when referring to the people of Iraq, the Sunni, Shiites and Kurds were mentioned, however no mention whatsoever of the indigenous Assyrian Christians of Iraq. Assyrians are the original inhabitants of present day Iraq and have suffered more than any other ethnic group in Iraq under not only the barbarous hands of Saddam Hussein but also the hands of Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Iranians. Today, Assyrian Christians make up over 6% of the population of Iraq, the reason why they are a minority is due to massacres, persecution and oppression. It was very interesting to note that Hosher Zabari (KDP member) also failed to mention the Assyrians.
John Michael, England

At last -an excellent study of what has brought the world to this situation and what's more will be the obvious outcome. Watch-out the Yanks are coming. I was glued to my T.V. I could not turn over - this is why I pay my T.V. licence. Brilliant programme.
Arthur Hancocck, England

You only had to see and hear the Iraqis in this programme tell of their terrible sufferings to see this necessity. As the Kurdish father whose son had been murdered said: "War is bad; but even if half of us were killed, it would be worth it." Western 'anti-war' protestors are paralysed by their hatred of America and perceived 'imperialism', and their horror of war. But there are some things even worse than war - if the price of 'peace' is slavery and torture, especially for others, then that price is too high.
Laurence, UK

An interesting, but disturbing programme, because all the Iraqi opposition is made up of opportunistic unsavoury and dodgy characters, such as Ahmed Chalabi. Also, the Shiites and Kurds have representatives, but not one of the opposition leaders appear to represent Iraq as a whole. This suggests Iraq will be divided and more problems will lay ahead for the ordinary Iraqi. Therefore, should the U.S invade, these divisions between all Iraqis will be exacerbated and lead to the collapse of Iraq - with or without American presence.
Jane S, UK

It is the first programme I have seen that recognises the terror of Saddam's regime

Daniel Green
My children ( 8& 12 year olds )are trying very hard to make some sense of the information on your programme, and I'm trying hard to explain why we may be going to war
John Sharkey, UK

At last an insight to the evil of Saddam, only comment apart from, take him out, pity this was not shown to those idiots marching against war, if we do kill innocent people, which will only be done by accident, it will out weigh, by thousands, the amount of innocent people Saddam and his regime have killed, and these killings were done on purpose.
Mr J W Rayment, UK

Though I think that a government sympathetic to the West would greatly benefit the people of Iraq, who says that the new leader will not soon become an enemy? It has happened before, after the U.S armed Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union, they are seeing their own weapons being turned against them. I don't think they'd be much of a challenge, what can their rigid views do against our science and superior technology? If the west does create a puppet government then it would really help out the people who live there. no longer would they be punished for something as trivial as watching television or even shaving their beards.
Alex, England

I did not realise the true extent of the barbaric treatment of his population

J Brown
I think this programme was a long time coming in reminding this country exactly why we need to go war. It is the first programme I have seen that recognises the terror of Saddam's regime and the need to rid of it.
Daniel Green, England

The programme by John Sweeney is one of the most accurate accounts of the Iraq crisis. Almost all of the recent other programs on the Iraq crisis was biased towards Saddam Hussein, sometimes people get the feeling that Saddam might be pouring in lot of money to hijack the western media to his advantage. It would have been worthwhile if the peace marchers around the world marched against Saddam Hussein instead of Tony Blair or Bush and probably Saddam would have complied to the UN resolutions. Iraqi people want freedom of speech. Peace marchers, remember they cant talk like you with freedom.
Varghise, India

'After Saddam' was a real eye opener. Although I realised that Saddam was a truly vile creature, I did not realise the true extent of the barbaric treatment of his population. As possibly the only person in Britain not to stand against war, I would like nothing better than to see the back of Saddam for the sake of the Iraqi people as a whole.
J Brown, UK

Informative though it was, it was unfortunate you failed to emphasise the role of the CIA in the empowerment and arming of Saddam. It is sad too that Saddam was supported by the West during his most repressive times, when the Americans knew what he was doing to the Kurds and the Shia. I write this as a Shia Moslem and someone who hates Saddam Hussein - As you programme shows, to Saddam the Kurds and the Shia are no more 'his' people as Sharon's people are the oppressed Palestinians - and no doubt, similar or even worse atrocities are being perpetrated on them by an alien occupying force funded by America as I write this email. .
Michael Jabir

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