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It would be selfish and foolish of us to abandon the people of Iraq until their security is assured. We started this war and we have a duty of care to the people of Iraq, to ensure their political future. We let the people of Iraq down in 1991, we should not the same thing again in 2005.
David, Stockport, UK

We keep being told we did not go into Iraq for the oil but we won't be leaving until untill we have it all privatised in the hands of a few multinational companies. According to the poll by the army reported in the papers over the weekend the Iraqi people want us out so let's get our troops out
Robert, London, England

The allied forces can not withdraw until the Iraqi government have complete control over the country. The world cannot afford yet another failed state, especially in a hotspot like the Middle East. It would be a catastrophe.
M Hulthe-Andersson, Edinburgh, Scotland

Iraq is a failed country. If western forces leave, other outsiders will "fill the vacuum." Iran and Syria are using the insurgents to get their hands on Iraqi oil. Civil war would be more damaging to the ordinary Iraqi.
Frank Bowen, Swansea, UK

Of course it is right to bring all our troops home - not just from Iraq but also Afghanistan and anywhere else where there is conflict, which is nothing to do with us.

How many more men and boys have to die Mr Blair? I cannot see you sending your sons out there - so you should do the decent thing and bring them all back home before Christmas.
Heather MacKinnon, Romsey, United Kingdom

Michael Gove's arguments echo those used to occupy Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s. Substitute "Islamic Extremism" for Communism and all you need now is the domino theory. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. But the Iraqis pays in the process.
Mohammed Syed, London, England

Excellent programme. But why did you go to the trouble of assembling all those eminent people to debate such an important issue and only give it 45 minutes late on a Sunday evening?
Jon, Bath, UK

Bush and Blair should be brave enough to admit their mistake. They went into Iraq with a false belief of weapons but they got it wrong. Yes, they managed to get rid of Saddam, who was a bad man and committed horrendous crimes against his own people, for what appears to be his own entertainment. But, the extremists are anti-American and anti-British. They target Iraqis to frighten them into forcing the coalition out. Once we withdraw, the insurgency will cease.

We should financially compensate the Iraqis for the damage, and the stress of war and assist in rebuilding their country, but that is where it should end. British troops should leave now, and Tony Blair should take the initiative instead of continually kissing Bush's backside. Mr Bush has proved that he is more concerned about marching his armies across the Middle East that his own people when they are in their hour of need.
Mike Cook, Sheffield

We have done what we set out to do Iraq must stand on its own feet. Our boys should come home. We have lost too many lives out there . How many more do we have to lose? They are our husbands, fathers, boyfriends and partners. Bring them home in the New Year.
Jayne Holligan, UK

Excellent programme. It was good to listen to a debate without the usual rabble shouting down the other side. And the absence of loud applause after every sentence, was appreciated too. I was convinced by the Iraqi ambassador. I think troops should remain until the country is secure.
Lydia, London, UK

I strongly disagree with the argument that we should not pull out as it will give terrorists a victory in the global war on terror, or that we should pull out as it will reduce global terrorism. This is exactly the error we made in going to war in the first place; the decision must be based on what is best for Iraq and not selfishly in a marginal difference in our risk from terrorism.
Jamie, UK

Why don't they hold an Iraq wide vote on forces staying in iraq, so if they vote yes it is the will of the people?
Kevin Bly

How refreshing to hear such informed debate from true experts, rather than relying on knee-jerk intervention from members of the public. However, I felt Simon Jenkins conceded quite significantly in his summing up. He insinuated a date of next June as a minimum time for commencement of withdrawal, having argued initially that the withdrawal should be both immediate and if necessary unilateral.
Peter Rayner, Brighton, UK

To call for the withdrawal of UK and US troops is to show a lack of understanding of the nature of the US and the UK. There is no way that the US and UK would invest so much time and money in this excursion to abandon it. They both need a return on their investment and it is purely business. The loss of US and UK life is seen by the higher powers as a small price to pay for the outcome. Also hidden from view and completely ignored is how we must at this time be making arrangements to manage the economics of Iraq. It does not make sense for us not to do this as it makes a mockery of all the effort and sacrifices beforehand. This is equivalent to the world watching a bank robbery in progress while ignoring the the loot being wheeled away out the back of the bank.
Anthony Small, London, England

Most of the views I heard on Panorama seemed familiar. This is because I've spent most of the year in Israel and heard those exact views about the pullout from the Gaza strip. So forget Iraq for a second - were you for or against the pullout from the Gaza strip? This is the same situation, but we get the chance to end it sooner, and not spend 30 plus years there.
Rotem Massad, Southampton

We should get out within one year. The US has abolutely no intention of leaving and we are simply compounding the grave mistake of attacking it in the first place.
Michael Ingram, Peterborough England

One factor that will be important in Iraq is the satisfactory trial of Saddam Hussein. I would have liked to have heard people's opinion on the Panorama programme tonight of what effect this might have on building a stable Iraq. Surely it will have a profound effect?
Z Rizvi, London UK

Arguments to pull out suddenly are naive if not heartless. Iraq has gone through monumental change in a very short time and to leave them prematurely to a certain, bloody civil war is amoral. Those concerned about 'cost' should aim their fury at those who took us to war in the first place.
Joe, London

Listening to both sides of the argument, I can see how the insurgents might view the Iraqis supporting the Coalition as traitors. There is a certain resemblance to the Vichy Government in France which caved in to the German occupiers and how did that appear to many French citizens? I think the forces should withdraw at the earliest possible moment and we should stop supporting Bush's inane policies. No one can convince me that this man has any feeling for the Iraqi people only for contracts, such as those awarded to Haliburton, to continue and for his hoped-for dominance in the Middle East region to continue.
Mary Clarke, Seaford, East Sussex, UK

It is a pity that Britain and America stand alone when the stability of Iraq is really a matter for the UN or at least the united deomocracies. But the coaliton has had the courage to deal with Saddam Hussein and are bound to support the political and economic reconstruction until the time is ripe to leave.
Alun Davies, Cardiff




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