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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 March 2005, 11:11 GMT
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Thank you BBC. How he sleeps at night beats me.
Peter, Evesham

This is absolute political dynamite and I congratulate Panorama on first-rate, public-interest. investigative reporting. I was pleased by the extent to which the programme used primary sources, including the leaked memos and the Prime Minister's own statements.
Martin Poulter, Bristol, UK

How does Mr. Blair sleep at night? The tens of millions of people around the world that marched against this war knew the truth. It's about time he resigned in shame.
Mark Webb, Dublin, Ireland

There seems to be no doubt that the Prime Minister led a conspiracy to take this country into an illegal war: A criminal conspiracy.
Phil Overton, Milton Keynes

This documentary has raised serious questions that go to the heart of Mr Blair's integrity and his fitness for power
Edward Haworth
This documentary has raised serious questions that go to the heart of Mr Blair's integrity and his fitness for power. Whilst these remain only questions, failure to fully investigate them with a full public enquiry undermines confidence in our entire system of government.
Edward Haworth, London, UK

We once had a fine tradition of using Traitors' Gate for the likes of Tony Blair.
Suzanne, Birmingham, West Midlands

Well done BBC for having the courage (again) to raise the questions that have still not been answered. Will you be needing a new director general again after this programme?
Raj, Huddersfield, UK

I hope Blair is tested in the a court of law. I firmly believe he misled the country and something should be done about it.
Ken Patterson, Bristol, UK

At last the mainstream media have dropped the old tagline about "the intelligence was wrong", Blair never needed to apologise for the intelligence because it never claimed to be wholly accurate. He does need to apologise for the way he used the intelligence. It has long been obvious the intelligence was correct, insofar as they knew it was unreliable and said as much, and the problem came with how the government presented the evidence to parliament and the people.
Adrian, Merseyside, UK

Blair should be held to account otherwise all future leaders will believe its ok to mislead for political advantage
Altaf Sadique
For once could see clear how and where the people of Britain were hoodwinked. I am a labour voter, Blair should be held to account otherwise all future leaders will believe its ok to mislead for political advantage.
Altaf Sadique, Leeds, UK

Talk about blowing your goodwill - Tony Blair has squandered the confidence we all had in 1997. He has to go. The only question is whether he will take "new" labour with him when he falls.
George Edwards, Harrogate UK

Whilst there is little doubt that Blair's view changed, the question is surely why?
Jim Rintoul, York, UK

Anyone with the slightest bit of common sense could see the build up to this war was a complete farce from the start. It's a great shame that most of our politicians are of such poor quality that they themselves couldn't see it. Tony Blair has been allowed by Parliament to "get anyway with it" and has shown itself to be unable or unwilling to bring him to account.
Warren Knott, Morecambe, Lancashire

I thought the BBC has learned a lesson after Hutton. It appears not
Gareth, London, UK
Yet again the BBC drags out the usual suspects - Blix, Cook et al - in what is becoming an increasingly embarrassing attempt to prove that it was right in the whole sorry Gilligan affair. There was nothing new in this programme apart from a few grainy pictures that proved nothing. I thought the BBC has learned a lesson after Hutton. It appears not.
Gareth, London, UK

I have lost trust in Blair before this programme but this has just compounded that he has the blood on his hands of David Kelly, the soldiers and Iraqi civilians. Step down Mr Blair.
Manjit, Coventry

Rumours of a general election and the BBC chooses to air this, hmmm.
Adrian Neal, Boston, U.K.

The Panorama programme of tonight proves yet again that we have a Prime Minister who cannot tell the truth to the country and is lying to us by omission over Iraq. We are treated like idiots on a regular basis. It must stop.
S Stanton, Liverpool, UK

I am disgusted by the way that Tony Blair manipulated us into going to war with Iraq. I will never trust anything that he say's again. Shame on you Tony, that is all I can say.
Richard, London

I am disgusted by the way that Tony Blair manipulated us into going to war with Iraq.
Richard, London
We were lied to, plain and simple. Tony Blair will have convinced himself that what he did was justified for a greater good but he is wrong.
Kevin Lewis, Shrewsbury, UK

I believe that Blair deceived the British public and parliament over this war. It is clear that he had made a pact with Bush long before the war began. My continuing question is: Why? Was it merely that Bush in some way flattered his vanity? Or has Blair some much more serious weakness that we have yet to discover?
Kathy Dent, Bordon, Hampshire

The BBC are due no credit for exposing the lies we the public were told leading up to this illegal war. The BBC and other TV channels continue to relay government propaganda as though it is gospel truth. Why all the pussy footing? We were led into a shameful war.
W Connell, Scotland

It appears to me that two western leaders have set themselves up as the world's policemen. Our constitution is based on fairness and equal rights. I can therefore understand some nations which feel threatened by this. I do as a UK national.
Bob Hargreaves, Warrington, Cheshire

I found your excellent programme reinforced what I had already worked out for myself: that the British Prime Minister lied to take us to war. Countless men, women and children have died for a lie and that makes me sick to the back teeth. I am not some "lily-livered pacifist" but a former Royal Marine and now a serving Police officer who loves his country.
Tony Kan, Plymouth, Devon

Yet again an excellent programme. I personally supported the Government at the time of going to war. I couldn't believe that a British Prime Minister would be so dishonest to the public about such an important issue. I was wrong. Maybe it was essential to rid Iraq of Saddam, but we went to war to rid ourselves of WMD. These clearly do not exist and there is serious doubt as to whether the Government believed they existed at the time of going to war. At the very least an apology is necessary to the British public.
William Jackson, Newark, UK

I am disappointed that the BBC made the choice to get involved in the election by making a programme as one sided as the one I have just watched. The number of black and white photographs featuring Tony Blair with a sinister expression would be more suited to a Michael Moore film along with the horrifically injured child. Both of these things may be persuasive and emotive but are do not do anything to advance the debate. There were important points made in tonight's programme, but I was too distracted by the appalling bias (which was possibly worse than Blair's weapons dossier bias) to properly notice.
Sean, Newcastle, England

It is not surprising that we still don't know why the Prime Minister took this country into a war
John Joyce, Knutsford, UK
I wrote to the prime minister shortly before the outbreak of the Iraq war objecting to the conviction politics that were apparent to me. I suggested that whilst respecting his conviction, I was not convinced by his argument. My views remain the same to this day, and the background proffered by the programme has been enlightening. It is a matter of public record to some degree. Unfortunately we remain in a cloud of ignorance with regard to the justifications attempted by the government at the time to convince us of the necessity of going to war. The truth remains shrouded in mystery. The position of the French government has been distorted. I was unaware of that. It is not surprising that we still don't know why the Prime Minister took this country into a war.
John Joyce, Knutsford, UK

Tony Blair misled the country into war on Iraq and should have resigned once WMD's were not found. By not doing so he has dishonoured the office of Prime Minister and furthered a distrust in our Government that will last for many years to come.
Ivor, Wales

Panorama has in the past had a tradition of fair and accurate reporting. Your selective presentation this evening does none of us any favours. WMD could be, and probably still are, concealed in Iraq or Syria. Thank goodness we have not had to prove their existence by dying here. Ask the families of those who died over 35 years of Saddam and the woman who spoke so movingly at the Labour Conference. Blair is a man of remarkable courage.
Iris Johnston, Margate

My greatest disappointment was that Tony Blair did not appear to involve other ministers in his decisions about Iraq and going to war (Alastair Campbell may have been an exception). I would prefer to see a British Prime Minister take a small team of ministers to meet opposite numbers in the USA to agree an important strategy like this. Instead we have private deals between individuals. This is Tony's presidential style of leadership. He should have remembered who he represented not who he was.
Michael Scott, Wirral, UK

I thought it pathetic. Desperately trying to make something out of nothing in order to get viewer stats up. I did not vote for Tony Blair when he was elected; nor did I vote for him when he was re-elected. I will not vote for him in the forthcoming election. However I have every respect for him as Leader of our country and I believe he has grown and matured into a very responsible Prime Minister. I know of many people who voted for him in the past, only to turn now. I will never know the true reason why he chose to take this country to war. However I believe he would not have taken us to war unless it was in our national interest. And I believe this simple argument cuts through the whole construction of your programme tonight.
Stephen Hamilton, Ayrshire, Scotland

British soldiers were sent to fight a war which had nothing to do with us. Many of them were killed. The civilian death toll will never be known. Britain has been put into the front rank of terror targets as a result. The Prime Minister has a case to answer but our self-serving and cowardly representatives refuse to back the call by Adam Price MP to impeach the man responsible and force him to explain himself fully.
John, Neath, Wales

Thanks for an insightful programme this evening. The central tenet of the issue remains that Blair and Bush saw plainly after 9/11 that the acceptable balance of risk in the international system had changed. Did Blair scrupulously build a case for war? Undoubtedly. Were aspects of this case flawed in their presentation? Undoubtedly again. But in motivational terms, Blair¿s reason for backing the war were firmly in the national interest, and what is more, in the Iraqi national interest. It is now past time to put this issue to rest.
Mark Willetts, Leamington Spa

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