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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 12:03 GMT
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Thank you for sending us your views on Jane Corbin's two films, The Battle for Basra Palace and Basra: The Legacy.

A selection of your comments have been published below.

Basra: The Legacy

I am amazed, ashamed, disgusted and horrified that despite 50 or more Iraqi interpreters having been murdered as a result of having worked for us, we are still not giving them asylum in the UK. These are exceptionally brave people who have put their heads "above the parapet" and risked death to support the British cause in Basra, yet we appear to value them below the many thousands of economic migrants who are admitted with dubious asylum claims. I cannot understand why we are not showing these people the gratitude they deserve and admitting them as a matter of course to this country (together with a financial allowance when they get here). They should be at the front of the queue, not the back! Where is the sense of British justice and fair play for which we would like to be known ?
Bob Nicholson, Wokingham, UK

Picking up on the piece relating to helping Iraqi translators. I ask, just what is it about these, our decision makers. Common humanity and decency seems to escape them - not to help those who have put their lives on the line on behalf of our forces. As was mentioned, whether they helped us for one month (or one week) or several years in assisting, they're all vulnerable. They should be permitted right of access. As a young man - I'm 74 now, I was proud to be British, nowadays I'm embarrassed to be thought British, by what is so often being done in the name of Britain.
Robert Quintrell, Plymouth UK

I thought tonight's programme was very biased towards an anti-war agenda and somewhat unworthy of the BBC, but sadly rather typical. The end, when the woman (who I have sympathy with) stated that the British had caused misery in Basra summed up the programme. It gave the last word, without any alternative around it to one particular view. Apart from toppling Saddam what had the British done? Well that's what they were supposed to do. If a nation wants to have dignity and national pride it needs to stand up for itself. Of course there are historical reasons for what is happening there and aspects of British occupation that were wrong, but It is not solely the fault of the British. They are not the militia carrying out the threats and deaths themselves. The Iraqis need to look at themselves a bit more instead of just blaming others for their plight. And this is from someone who was very much against the war, but has pity on the poor British soldiers who have done their best.
Nick McNeill, Eastbourne

The BBC should be called BC. There is nothing British about you, your views will only add to unrest in this country. You are forever putting this country down on your broadcasts, I for one will not be watching Panorama again and will most likely stay away from your channels from now on.
Paul Smart, Cambridge England

I had to stop watching as it made me so angry. Those poor people, what have they done to their own kind to deserve this NOTHING. They have no right to call themselves Muslims. Any Muslim I know would never treat people like this.
Veronica Davey, London

I used to live all my life in Iraq, and lived during Saddam's days for a while in Basra, and I was totally upset when watching my country drawing down. I believe Iran is totally behind what is happening in Basra, and I feel sorry for the people in Basra by replacing the British Forces by the Iranian Alliance (the Shie'a parties), I saw the other day some sentences in Basra walls at it been said by Khomeini during the Iraq - Iran war, so this means that Iran is the strongest player in Basra. You should talk about this relation between Iran and these parties, who will not care about the religion or what if they are Shie'a or Sunni the will kill anyone stand against this.
Ali Abood, UK

The Battle for Basra Palace

I only caught the last twenty minutes of the programme but noted two claims by Ms Corbin: Farsi speaking militia firing mortars at the British in Basra and that anti-tank explosives were undoubtedly supplied by Iran. No evidence was supplied to back up these claims and Ms Corbin declared there was a stand-off in Basra between Iran and Britain. This was at best, sloppy journalism or at worst neo-con propaganda. I note that in the past Ms Corbin has referred to the occupied West Bank as disputed! So we know where she is coming from.
Phil Ishmael, Liverpool, Merseyside

I am not British. But I know that the soldiers in Basra are not "the British". "The British" are the people that never wanted this war, the people that demonstrated against it in unprecedented numbers but had it forced down their throats by PM Blair. It is quite disgraceful of Ms Corbin to cynically play on people's patriotic instincts and their natural desire to support those close to them by referring only to the professional soldiers as "the British". As for the soldiers, it was Mr Blair that put them in the impossible position of having to choose who to betray: the people or the state. If you need a label for them, "the Wretched" will do.
Themos Tsikas, Oxford UK

As a Member of the Royal Air Force Regiment namely 1 Sqn RAF Regiment I find it annoying that a high percentage of your reports reflect on what the British Army is doing or has done in Iraq. You always refer to the 'Army' never the other services who actively play a major part on Operations whether in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our Sqn lost 4 brave young Gunners during this Summer in Iraq yet there was no mention of them. Also you refer to casualties as 'Army casualties' can you please accurately report the fact that the Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are Tri-Service. many regards
FS Ian Galloway, 1 Sqn RAF Regt RAF Honington Bury ST Edmunds Suffolk England

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