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A comment made early in the programme by an American expert was that Dr. David Kay lacked objectivity. However, it is Kay who heads the ISG. Sadly this seems to typify almost everything leading up to the war, the war itself and the appalling suffering which has followed. Badly informed intelligence agencies providing doubtful information to Bush and Blair who are themselves neither objective nor cautious in the decisions they take. What a mess.
Alan Newton, England

Difficult to comment briefly on a programme where the reporter clearly had her own agenda, but three points:

1. The war was not because of Saddam's WMD, but because he failed to comply with UN instructions. Blix confirmed that failure.

2. If there is nothing to find, why are those scientists who dare to cooperate with the ISG being killed/attacked/threatened by the Ba'athist terrorists?

3. Since he was an acknowledged expert, why did David Kelly think that there were WMD in Iraq, and that military action was not only desirable but necessary? Was Blair supposed to ignore advice from him and other experts?
Jim Brant, UK

I was interested in your programme aired tonight. It gave an insight into something we've not had much coverage on. I have read Dr Kay's interim report in full. Although I was pleased to see the inclusion of the plans of the Iraqi regime for missiles with a range of 1000km. But I was disappointed you did not inform viewers of the production ongoing whilst UN inspectors were in the country of 500km missiles and tested UAV's with the same range.

My own opinion is that weapons will be found. His brother in law defected to Jordon in 1994 and told of Saddam's WMD production and programmes. This proves he was active in that field after he supposedly disarmed all his WMDs in 1991. Lastly the suggestion that Saddam unilaterally disarmed the WMDs unaccounted for seems absurd after the deception he carried out over 12 years. I end by saying I look forward to hearing Dr Kay's next report in January.
Terry Perkins, England

Your programme proves what many of us have suspected for a long time. Our leaders have lied to us all. I wish I was Georgian - they seem to have the right idea!
David Murray, UK

US and UK politicians were only too keen to highlight the recent Iraqi government's failure to produce documentary evidence to support the destruction of chemical and biological weapons. However just after the invasion of Iraq it was reported that the Americans had themselves uncovered 2,000 tons of chemicals buried at a military base in Maryland; leftover from their own research and development, for which there was no supporting documentation. If the Americans could do it, were the claims by Iraq so unbelievable?
Anthony Powell, UK

Very brave programme about the true story of our untruthful leaders.
J Russell, UK

I think the reason they can't find WMD is because they are invisible.
Ali Mattah, UK

The programme didn't mention this but it would be useful to investigate why the Iraq Survey Group will not cooperate with UNMOVIC and some other UN weapons inspectors.
Gregory Roumeliotis, UK

Early in the show, the 'team' are shown entering a small pharmaceutical company and removing hard disks from PCs. They claim they found e-mails and documents which are evidence. The drive removal being shown would have damaged the drives beyond use in all likelihood.

The uniformed man shown carrying a drive from the room is not carrying a hard disk but a CD-ROM drive. Also, the uniformed man shown handling a drive is handling a CD-ROM drive, he is handling it in a way which would cause permanent damage to the drive.

I question whether the action of entering the office was real or 'staged'. I am not persuaded to believe it was real. This brings me to wonder what the BBC is doing being involved in such propaganda.
Adrian Philpott, England

Jane Corbin's report tonight and it's findings will come as no surprise to many of us. There still appears to be no sign of any weapons of mass destruction, and I doubt if any will ever be found. Quite clearly intelligence reports were wrong as far as we can tell at present and we went to war with no clear proof that these weapons ever existed let alone were ready to use.

Reading between the lines there was pressure put on the Iraq Survey Group to find these weapons for political purposes. This clearly is quite wrong in my view. They should not be pressured in this way. It would appear that these weapons were destroyed after the first war 12 years ago, and until any weapons are found in the future this cannot be doubted. We await with interest any future developments on this issue.
Steve Fuller, England



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