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Panorama: Chasing Saddam's Weapons was broadcast on BBC One at 2215 GMT on Sunday, 9 February, 2003.

Although the programme emphasised the suspicion that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, it did not prove that it does have them and the case for war is not a strong one at present. There are one or two dubious sites which need further investigation by the UN inspectors and they must be given time to complete their report before any military action is taken.
Steve Fuller, England

No country wants to go to war if there is a political solution. We have had 12 years of cat and mouse and it's about time it was resolved. The UN has got to remember why it was started. If it does not act in a positive manner it just becomes a talking shop and undermines security all over the world.
Ian, Scotland

It's obvious .. that Saddam is playing the same game he has always played

Jamie, UK

I thought the programme showed the deviousness of the Iraqis and the almost impossible task of the inspectors. But it seemed more intent on proving the western viewpoint than being even handed. I wonder how much access it would have been granted to our own weapons programmes.

And it was clear that most of the facilities in Iraq were half wrecked and to bomb a country to smithereens because of a few old papers found in the home of a scientist is wrong.

Any weapons programmes they have could only be small. Whilst the reporting reflected arrogant and hypocritical western attitudes it did illustrate the difficulties of dealing with a regime like Saddam's
Michael Swain, UK

Why didn't the US finish the job during the Gulf War, when they could have walked to Bagdad? If UN-resolutions are so important all of a sudden, why is nothing done about Israel which has been breaching resolutions for years?
Carlo and Rita Lucq-Wierlemann, Belgium

The UN must, with any rogue nation, be prepared to assess the facts presented to it by those entrusted to gather them and then judge accordingly.
Phill Firmin, UK

It's obvious to anyone who has a memory span of more than two years that Saddam is playing the same game he has always played.
Jamie, UK

In the programme, you inferred continually that the weapons inspectors cannot find concealed weapons in a country the size of Iraq. And yet you state that the Iraqi WMD programmes, which had been concealed initially in the early 1990s, had only been discovered by the original weapons inspections team. You cannot have it both ways - they either work or they don't.
Mark Priestley, UK

The stories of Iraq being a threat to the UK and US, let alone the world, are no more than worthless rhetoric

Adrian, UK
Are you happy to go to war to keep your freedom? If you were taken over by a cruel dictator would you not hope that the rest of the world might come and save you? The Americans did a very good job of reorganising Japan after World War 2 and I think that they would be much better for the people of Iraq than Saddam has been.
Christopher Ashley, UK

It is absurd for the Iraqis to be put in the position where if they admit to having weapons, this will be used as an excuse to attack them - and if they do not admit to having weapons they will be attacked anyhow.

I believe in international law - and it seems to me that the proper way to deal with people like Saddam is via the new International Criminal Court (or some other similar international body).
Trevor Batten, NL

Common sense dictates that a man who has refused inspection for 12 years has something to hide

Paul Tyrrell, UK
The stories of Iraq being a threat to the UK and US, let alone the world, are no more than worthless rhetoric.

The idea of the mobile laboratories really is silly. The contents of even the most basic chemical or biological lab even if packed tight would not fit into the type of vehicle shown in those photographs.

For those sorts of materials one needs a large well equipped laboratory.
Adrian, UK

I am strongly against the attack on Iraq and I do not believe Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.

For the simple reason that if it did, America and Israel would opt for a dialogue and a peaceful solution, as Iraq would have the capability of attacking Israel if threatened by America.

I hope our kids can live in a peaceful and war free world.
Kabir, London UK

Common sense dictates that a man who has refused inspection for 12 years has something to hide.

The only thing that has brought progress in the last 12 years is the threat of force, because that is the only thing that Saddam understands.

Yet various nations are bleating about "giving peace a chance" and complaining about potential civilian casualties.

In the present situation, we have the best chance in years to get rid of an evil despot with minimal loss of life. It would be unethical to fail to take this opportunity.
Paul Tyrrell, UK

If you look at it from the Iraqi point of view they say, why us?

Frank Nash, UK

Shame on France, Germany and Russia, for not fully backing the USA and UK.

They are allowing Saddam Hussain to "play" with the UN inspectors, as he has done before. Saddam may think differently if the whole of Europe was united.

I agree that the UN inspectors need more time, but I also don't believe Saddam is being truthful....how can you trust a man who is prepared to "murder" possibly hundreds of his own people?
Jeff Coles, UK

Any one with any common sense will know that the Iraqis do have these bio weapons but the real question here is why they have them, is it for research or as a deterrent?

If you look at it from the Iraqi point of view they say why us? There are 13 other countries who have and are in the process of developing nuclear power and other WOMD.

So why single them out now? More revelations are surfacing, so why not leave the inspectors to deal with it, now the scientists are coming forward?
Frank Nash, UK

If we don't deal with Iraq's threat to world peace, then in a few months there will be people writing to this site asking why did the mighty America, with all its knowledge, not prevent nuclear bombs being dropped, killing possibly millions. I wonder how many people will reply to this site saying they made a mistake. I say, leave it to those who really know how to deal with protecting our lives.
Patrick Scannell, England

I feel a greater threat to world security from America than Iraq

Dan
Why was there no mention of the last UN chief weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, who has repeatedly stated that Iraq has no WMD? I am afraid that this report added little to the debate, rather to the growing propaganda we are seeing on our screens everyday.
Dr A.H Mirza, UK

Has the USA and the UK any chemical, biological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WoMD's)? If they have, what is the amount? Under what conditions would they intend to use it 'legitimately'?
Nejat Coskun, UK

It is clear from your Panorama programme of this evening that no evidence has yet been uncovered to suggest that Iraq presents any threat to the UK or the USA and that war is not justified.
Ronald Harrison, UK

Let's put our attention to resolve the injustice committed daily against another innocent people

Anita
I thought the program, along with a great deal of the BBC coverage, was far too one-sided. I feel a greater threat to world security from America than Iraq. America sold anthrax to Iraq in the 80's and also helped the Taliban to come to power. This wasn't mentioned. Peace.
Dan, UK

How do we know that if Iraq presents their WOMD that this will be in total?
Joan Carriett, England

I'm sick and tired of the threat of war against Iraq and it's innocent people. I hope everybody who is against this war will come out and be counted. Then, let's put our attention to resolve the injustice committed daily against another innocent people, the Palestinians. Let's have new UN resolutions to contain Israeli aggression. There should be one law for all.
Anita, Scotland

Let's look at the weapons of mass destruction that the Americans and British possess, why they are spending billions on developing them and the effects on humanity. As long as one country possesses these weapons every other country has the right to possess them to defend themselves from aggression.
Anne Giwa-Amu, U.K

The 'leftists fascists' in this country are completely confused between their anti-American feelings and the real facts

Susanna Moscovich
Look at what the Americans have done to the Red Indians, the real Americans, whom they put into reservations. You have to wonder if this is what they want to do in every country of the world. Take over, and put us into reservations, in our own lands, that their understanding of truth should rule.
A Lawson, Scotland

I totally agree that Saddam is an evil person. But Bush and Blair are joined at the hips to fight! I don't think they would do this to any western country! So my question is that why Iraq when England supported them to fight against Iran? The UK is being a hypocritical and following USA too much.
Bhavna Maher, UK

Thank you for being a sound and sane voice, one of the few I've ever heard on the issue of Iraq. The 'leftists fascists' in this country are completely confused between their anti-American feelings and the real facts, colluding with the most horrible dictators and endangering us all.
Susanna Moscovich, UK

Jane Corbin closed on the assumption that war is inevitable - it's not

Gordon Wardlaw
If you are so much concerned about justice, peace and UN resolutions, then, may I suggest that you make a programme on Israel? Maybe you have not been at the receiving end of the F16 or Apache fire in the heart of Palestinian cities. Talking about UN resolutions when it comes to Iraq and at the same time support the Israeli occupation and killing of anything moving in Palestine is an insult to anybody with the least sense of humanity.
Sam Khorie, UK

Jane Corbin closed on the assumption that war is inevitable. It's not, and millions all over the world will send that message to US on 15th Feb.
Gordon Wardlaw, Scotland

This war is about Iraq's oil and giving Israel the sole domination of the whole Middle East.
Andre , UK

The Iraqis are clearly not complying with the inspectors. But, if the US really wants to avert war, they can. They seem more bound on bombing the place, which they do right now as we speak. The inspectors are putting in a lot of effort, but is it worth it? Is it worth their efforts if things are pre-planned, and Iraq is destined to be bombed? With America's economy getting into recession, I cannot see them bringing their forces back.
Bilal, UK

First time a war will be fought on suspicion

Asif Iqbal
In witnessing a North Korean nuclear standoff and Iran's declaration that they are mining for uranium, I believe there is a hidden agenda between these short listed countries [in the Axis of Evil] to try to '' tease'' America and their allies and try to destabilize Nato and the good relations the Americans always had with Europe.
Hermann Cuschieri, Malta

Jane Corbin talks about the chemical attack in Halabja but she fails to reveal Donald Rumsfeld's role in the Chemical industry of Iraq and indeed the role of military industries based here in the UK. Massive defence contracts took place between the UK and Iraq during the 80s simply so that the 'Islamic' revolution doesn't happen in neighbouring Iran.
Malik, UK

First time a war will be fought on suspicion. Hope this does not set a precedent for others. "I will attack because I believe..." WMD are freely available in the former Soviet Union. If one is deployed against western countries, will we automatically jump to the conclusion it was Iraq?
Asif Iqbal, UK

Should we (and the USA) not worry more about keeping on good terms with France, Russia and China

Giuseppe Bignardi

Saddam Hussein's regime has been seeking forms of the world's most deadly toxins, capable of the slaughter of hundreds of thousands, for years. Between all the slurs against the PM and against President Bush, we must not forget why they're making the stink they are: Saddam Hussein is a mass murderer with some of the world's most deadly weapons at this disposal.
Samuel Hicks, UK

Should we (and the USA) not worry more about keeping on good terms with France, Russia and China? Surely we are going to need their help in the next "arms of mass destruction" crisis with North Korea.
Giuseppe Bignardi, Durham UK

Britain and the United States supplied Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction when it meant that Iran was the testing ground for these weapons. Why can't today's politicians address this issue which similarly led to Osama Bin Laden coming into power? The West should start realising that they pose a far bigger threat to world security than do Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction!
Asma Zubairi, UK

The US Government. say they definitely know that Iraq has WMD but have no idea where they are. That is illogical. Iraq says they have not got any WMD and no one can find any. That is logical!
Alf, UK


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