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Read your comments Sunday, 22 June, 2003, 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
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Iraq: Whose country is it anyway was broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday, 22 June, 2003 at 1915 GMT

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How very refreshing to have a serious piece of reporting about Iraq and not just a journalist intent on giving his own opinions.

I have been despairing of the British media. I do not want to know what journalists think: I want to know what is going on, and this programme was at least an attempt at giving an impression of what is actually happening.

Is there any hope of your producing a similar programme from, say, Basra? Everyone is concentrating on Baghdad. Some in-depth reporting from the south would be welcome. Please do not let Iraq disappear!
Kathryn Bennett, UK

It's pretty clear that the decent Iraqi citizens are going to leave Iraq as it turns into an Islamic state. When the invasion was planned on 12 September 2001, they didn't think it through. Tony Blair misled everyone and his over inflated ego should bear some responsibility for the fresh suffering imposed by the US-led invasion on the beleaguered Iraqis.
Mark Webb, Ireland

I think that the UN should go in as the Americans are clearly not capable of restoring order and are simply worsening a dire situation and alienating many Iraqi people. Until order is restored the Iraqi people are not going to have any faith in the West. I also think that Saddam Hussein should be brought to justice and no deals made with him.
J Smyth, Britain

We all know what the West wants - oil. So the answer would have been to leave Saddam Hussein where he was, leave a couple of aircraft carriers in the gulf warning him to watch his step and just buy his oil when it was needed.
Pete, UK

It is easy to execute a war - aim, shock and awe, destroy. Now comes the hardest part - repair, control, develop, govern. Remember Afghanistan.
Mohamad Fazdhli, Malaysia

The country is Iraq. The people within are its destiny. After being ruled by a madman the territory is like an old American western scene but instead of shootouts there are ambushes. It's bound to happen unless the people can be brought together under one rule.
Michael, US

I am a British-Iraqi, who is a Shia Muslim. At the moment I am studying medicine at Imperial College, London. I thank you for highlighting some of the problems being encountered in Iraq in your program "Whose Iraq is it anyway?".

But it seems as though once again the media have misunderstood the Shia and the mentality of the Arab world as a whole.

Ayatollahs must have degrees and masters and PhDs and go through very difficult processes before reaching their level. We, in Iraq, have universities and schools of theology older then Cambridge and Oxford.

Yet the media continues to perceive the Shia as a minority in the world who are extreme and will force Hijab (without explaining what Hijab is to your audience) on any women they come across.

We are nothing like the Taleban. I do not know of any Iraqi Ayatollah that will advocate the forcing of the headscarf or other such mentioned "Islamist" behaviour, another word which I have no idea of the meaning of.
Zain Sikafi, England

The difficulties experienced by Americans in Baghdad was most interesting. We seem to hear very little of the British in Basra. The only story I have seen is the order that British soldiers shouldn't wear sunglasses.

When patrols of British soldiers are shown they are always on foot unlike our American friends. A programme comparing the effectiveness of the distinctly different approaches to security would be most worthwhile
Neil Hampshire, Iraq

You might say that removing Saddam Hussein was a big success. In actual fact it isn't because the problem of the evil leader is not a concern of any other country, other than the country itself.
Charles Andrew

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