A "popular civilian uprising" is reported to be taking place in the southern city of Basra, while US-led troops continue their march on Baghdad.
The US military has admitted that stiff Iraqi resistance is slowing the progress of the invasion force as battles rage around strategic towns in the south.
The first British supply ship carrying aid to Iraq is slowly moving into the southern port of Umm Qasr.
What's your view on the way the war is unfolding?
This is a sixth page of your comments.
The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received:
Whether I agree or not with this war, one main concern exists; the safety of the innocent. I believe that the coalition for freedom has that same concern. It is time for the free world to rally around this cause - to show the Husseins in this world that we will not stand for dictatorship. The mistake would be to continue within our own specially coloured worlds and pretend that everyone else lives the same way.
I've never understood why people will put so much energy in protesting a war in the name of peace and life and absolutely no energy into stopping the dictators of the world from committing murder year in year out. Either it's because collateral damage is much worse than murder or you can get on television protesting against countries like USA and UK.
Gary, Michigan USA
The unexpected turns and events in the battle field gives us a hint of the utter impossibility of predicting or controlling what is yet to come. As waves of this madness reverberate through space and time, there is no telling where it will all end-up.
Joao Stacishin, Recife, Brazil
What if US/UK didn't find any weapons of mass destruction? Then God help US/UK. beacause Iraqi and rest of the world won't.
When will the coalition reveal the facts justifying this war. I, out of loyalty almost, support this war based on trust of our government's intelligence and judgement. When will this intelligence be revealed to us, and why has it been withheld to date?
Nick Mellor, Mount Pleasant, Australia
As a schoolteacher I am confronted with explaining a war I do not understand myself. How do I tell children to try to work out their conflicts with critical thinking and alternatives to violence, when the president of our country uses unjustified force, despite clear disagreement with the global community? In essence, he has burned several bridges which led to a global decision making process. We already feel the tragic repercussions of his hasty and boldly stubborn actions.
Keren Sofer, Washington DC, USA
The war is going better than any non-governmental American could have hoped for. The End is not near, but as the uprising proves to me; we are doing the right thing!
Eric, Detroit, MI USA
It really doesn't matter how deep US & UK forces go into Iraqi land the important thing is that they get out of Iraqis hearts
Kiyarash Rostami, Tehran Iran
Osama Bin Laden attacked innocent US civilians because he did not like the foreign policy of the US, even though everyone in the world opposes his actions. Bush is attacking Iraq (innocent civilians are the casualty), because he doesn't like Saddam Hussein, even though the world is against such an action. I don't see much difference here.
srk, Texas, US
I read the war is not going well even though the progress of the war is unprecedented. What's not going well? We have covered an amazing amount of ground. The citizens of Basra are uprising against the Ba'ath party with British ground support and U.S. air support. We have their only port. I don't see where this war is going badly. I guess you can't please everybody.
Pat, Atlanta, GA - USA
The US, under the guise of "National Security", will invade and restructure any country to its will. Funny though, a country so infatuated with democracy will ignore the world wide peace demonstrations and the international body to meet its own needs. The only way to stop the US from invading ones country is to have nuclear weapons with the ability and the will to deliver it. Hence, North Korea, India, Pakistan and the list goes on, are all heading in that direction.
Gman, Castries, St.Lucia
Bush and Cheney are oil-industry men. Is it any wonder that the Bush spokespeople keep listing "securing the oil fields" as the main objective of this war? North Korea, a bigger security threat, does not have that lucrative oil. The big financial winners in this war will be the American oil companies, waiting in the sidelines, ready to step forward when the US has Iraq stabilized. Of course, American citizens will be paying for the restoration of the oil fields.
Karen Carroll, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
My support is with the US and the British who have stood up boldly to free the world from terrorism.
Christian Rhoe Quaye, Accra Ghana
I am wondering how USA and UK think to really govern the city when and if they manage to get in the Iraqi cities. From armoured vehicles? How is possible to be so naive?
Ioannis Antoniadis, Greece, Thessalonica
It's amazing how anyone could call this a just war. The American media is so cowed by the Bush Administration and ruled by Corporate America, that become an extension of the government. I hope the British people realize that when you lie down with dogs, you get up with flees.
Cheryl Meadows, Stanford, KY - USA
This war is awful. America learned nothing from its past mistakes in Guatemala, Iran, Haiti, Vietnam and others. Thank God for the Europeans, who see how through his propaganda and are saddened to see how imperialistic America has become. Shame on you, President Bush. You are an impostor!
Ken, Wethersfield, CT USA
Would approval be needed to invade the United States, if other countries felt threatend by thier w.m.d?
O.Rhodes, Bremen, Germany
Tony Blair is a class act. People in the UK should be proud to have such a leader. I wish other world leaders spoke and acted with the same passion, conviction , and resolve as he does.
Dennis, Edmonton, Canada
I think this war is terrible. This war is a grey area because now that we have bombed and invaded Iraq the Iraqis will feel more hate towards us which then might cause more terrorist attacks!
Holly Antony, Perth Scotland
War is not pleasant but nor is the way that Hussain treats his people and neighbours. Whatever your view is on the reason we are at war, surly these dictators need to be eradicated. Any leadership that treats its people so badly should be removed and democratic governments and voting established..
C.Acford, Taunton England
The current Bush administration flaunts the fact that two-thirds of the US is in support of the war. Do they and the rest of the world forget that one-third of our population exceeds 100 million people? Do our collective opinions mean nothing? Perhaps if our "representatives" did their jobs the way it was intended, our resolve to go to war would not appear so one sided.
Monterey, CA USA
I detest seeing innocent civilians injured, but Saddam is putting these people in the front line. Trying to use our sympathy and that of the rest of the world against us.
We must avoid deaths where we can, and get the real person behind them, Saddam Hussein. The man who hides behind his peoples bravery and beliefs.
I think the people in the U.S need to be educated why war is no good instead of showing movie like stunts of war on TV and forgetting perspective values of human beings. There is no justice in bombarding and then supplying humanitarian aid.
Karim Pradhan, Toronto, Canada
Bush keeps talking about WMD, but I just have one question. If they had them, why won't they use them?
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
The best form of antiwar protest yet is Germany boycotting American goods. Good job Germany.
As a Muslim I believe this is a just war to liberate innocent Iraqis from the most despicable Muslim leader of the world. I feel it should have been done in '91 instead of '03. But there is a doubt whether there are any hidden agendas behind the declared noble intentions of the coalition forces. If that's the case whole Muslim world will never trust the Americans or the British ever again.
Rep of Maldives
Can we do more to help the Iraqis in Basra and to lessen the carnage Saddam Hussein seems to be willing to inflict on his own people?
Inna Tysoe, Sacramento, California, USA
"What a business plan! Force war on Iraq and Iraqi people, market their tears, kill strongest player of Middle East, dominate the oil market, profit out of their oil resources"
Wow what a fool proof plan...Great US Great...
When one considers how close coalition forces have gotten to Baghdad in less than a week, it's impossible to conclude that the war is going badly. And this in spite of the fact that the U.S. and its allies are bending over backwards to avoid collateral damage.
New York City
I see that nice Mr. Saddam Hussain has his troops firing on his own people in Basra, I suppose the peace protesters will blame this on George Bush too!
Peter H., Brit in Canada
Of course the people in Basra are going to fight the Sunni Muslims who have been oppressing them for years. Was there ever any doubt that this would happen. I guarantee you that they will welcome anyone who can help in ousting Saddam and his thugs but do you think they will continue to welcome an occupying American force once Saddam is gone!
Shane O'Neill, NYC,USA
The war in Iraq is the signature of failure. It is not the failure of one man or one nation, but of many men from many nations.
Comment I heard on an interview with civilians was "we may not like Saddam, but we don't want the US here. They have no right to interfere in out country's affairs. This is a business war." The Iraq people do not want the US or so-called Coalition forces. This makes it an act of hostile invasion. The citizens of Basra and Baghdad are ready to fight the Coalition forces with their bare hands. These are not "special forces" as branded by Western propaganda in an excuse to kill or capture them. There will be a civilian bloodbath if the forces don't reassess their attack.
Regarding the course of the war, it is rather interesting that the "low-morale, inferior" Iraqi troops have shown so much resistance to the force and might of US & UK technologically advanced troops. One can only wonder what lies ahead for our troops in Baghdad, and how massive a humanitarian disaster will remain. We can only wait and see if this "war" will have been worth it to the people we are "liberating."
Jennifer, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
We keep hearing about friendly fire, and a certain percentage is allowed for. But there is never friendly fire from British troops on US troops. Is it only the US that is allowed to shoot down their allies?
David Tilney, Sittingbourne, UK
There is so much talk about the Iraqi people, but so far I haven't heard that much from them. We westerners have been debating this war, and I am glad we do, but I think it is time for the Arab public to get in on the debate. Everyone have to accept their responsibilities in this mess, because every coin has two sides.
New York, US
I hope those who are against this war will never know oppression as horrid as that in Iraq.
Christina, Boston, USA
To US leaders: the God that you trust is a God that judges.
The problem with those who advocate peaceful means is that they do not understand that Saddam has never been peaceful with his own people. It is quite possible that he would kill even more people with a continuing role as dictator. How soon have we forgotten Hitler and his final solution.
Steve Carter, Little Elm, Texas USA
Starting a war by invading a souverein state is the worst international crime one can commit, was the opinion of the world when Iraq invaded Quwait. So, if we would have some sense of justice, the USA, UK and Spain should destroy all their ABC weapons, and should be boycotted for the next 12 years. And after that, they will be bombed because they will not be able to live without weapons. How about a no-fly zone above the USA? Just 'kidding'.
Sander Kessels, amsterdam, the Netherlands
If Iraqi are really suffering under the Saddam government, why are there still many Iraqi army (most of them are citizen) fighting against US and UK army? And if UK and US are the saviour, why citizens in every cities, didn't show their welcome as they (army) passed by ?
Trevor Thum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I can not belive putting the Iraqi People at such very high risk in the name of liberation. It is the most crazy decision that has been taken by the American Administartion and their alliances may be during the past decade. The justifications given so fare is very weak, and just only for propaganda, one day the actual true motives will be a big shame on the invadors.
I have heard and seen many people comment that war is the wrong way to remove the Saddam regime. Can anyone tell me a right way that would work?
Robert Harford, USA
Has there every been any attacks from Iraq on USA so far???
Ron, toronto, Canada
The biggest surprise to this point isn't the degree of resistance from the Iraqis, but the lack of support for the coalition around Basra. There were predictions that the Iraqi army would be thrown out by the populace, but that's obviously not going to be the case.
Jeff G, Milwaukee, WI USA
One of the most important duties of government is to protect its citizens. That is, I believe, what President Bush is doing. I support him fully, even though saddened by the casualties and deaths.
Saddam has 'played' and manipulated the rest of the world for so long, I don't think they can even recognize it. Thank GOD for President Bush!
Curtis, Chicago, USA
What if Russia figures that North/South Korea is a matter of national security? Or Afghanistan? Or maybe Poland? Do they need approval from the UN before they move in?
P D, Paris, France
Firstly this is not an illegal war. No, Blair and Bush do not have the backing of the UN but Saddam is still performing the illegal act against the UN. Yes the UN could just let him continue on and on producing weapons of mass destruction. Tony Blair should be commended and have the full support of the British people. It is he who has the foresight and commitment not only to decapitate the regime and limit civilian casualties but also to gather support and aid to give continuing assistance to a country that is desperate for liberation.
Darren Smart, Birmingham, UK
If it is possible for the small Umm Qasr to resist for 5 days, how long will it then take to seize Baghdad?
Have you ever wondered WHO provided the chemical weapons and all the "mass-destruction technology" to Saddam? Please think then state your opinion.
Kamran, Milwaukee US
I do not find it surprising that Iraqi people are not welcoming the US/UK soldiers with flowers and open arms. Anyone who knows the Arab people, will know that they are fiercely proud of their religion and culture. Even with hatred of their president, and a desire for freedom, they will not welcome being liberated and ruled by a Western and Christian government whose culture and society they find as difficult to comprehend as most westerners do of theirs.
We all support the troops who put their lives on line. It's unfortunate that they are being led into this war by an administration in which, on one hand you have an ex-army general (purple heart recipient) as the Secretary of State, working towards diplomacy and on the other hand, an ex CEO of a pharmaceutical firm as a Defense Secretary, boasting of bringing peace to the world with war.
A Parab, Chicago, US
I know Saddam is evil but when I see a dead child cradled in its parents arms from the comfort of my own armchair I struggle to see how this war can be justified.
Paul Burton, UK
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs. The UN has proved ineffectual and as useless as the League of Nations. Saddam must be removed and I for one am glad that the US and UK have the gumption to do so, (even if our 'allies' don't).
The removal of Saddam will send word to every tin-pot despot that to manufacture and use weapons of mass destruction will lead to your removal. They only understand force, which has been proved time and time again throughout history
Mick Fidgeon, England
People have protested with banners saying 'Not in our name'. But if people believe in democracy then the decision by the UK government IS in our name as we elected them to make decisions on our behalf, however difficult those decisions are.
I have one question. Will the world really be a safer, more peaceful place when the Iraqi regime has been completely obliterated? As Einstein said, 'violence has never proved itself creative' and we are misguided if we now think otherwise.
Tim Gale, UK
There is so much talk on how so many innocent women and children will die in this "unjust" war in Iraq. The truth is, they've been dying the moment Saddam Hussein seized power, and to sit back and let this happen would be denying the Iraqi people justice.
Derek, Quebec, Canada
I don't know which is more bizarre - that the U.S. unilaterally invaded Iraq or that U.S. officials actually think that Iraqi civilians welcome such an invasion.
First, I am not Egyptian, I am from Somalia. I'm not against this war. I THINK President Bush and PM Tony Blair are trying to disarm, catch and bring to international court the dictator Saddam, in order to free the Iraqi people; at the right time, in a right way.
Mohamed A. Mire, Cairo, Egypt.
Bush's policy is not one of pre-emtive strike, but rather of presumptive strike. If weapons of mass destruction are not found, then the basis for this war is very questionable.
We have failed to understand the complexity of Middle Eastern cultures. Our generalizations do a disservice to humanity and our common desire for peace.
Dennis Long, London
It is not unsurprising that the war effort is floundering. Regardless of political, religious or cultural persuasion, it is natural for the people of a country to unite against the invader.
John, Bristol, UK
Does the US equate Saddam Hussein with the likes of Osama bin Laden? The perpetrator of the September 11 attacks is still at large and the US has started another war without bringing the first one to its logical conclusion.
Sandeep Sinha, Jaipur, India
Can we assume that the anti-war mob would be the first to protest should there be another 9/11 - but this time that the UK and America did nothing to stop terrorist activity!?
Helen Newport, Chester, UK
The war has been going on pretty fine. Americans should expect causalities but this should not discourage them from their course.
Gbenga Jerry, Minnesota, USA
Whatever your views on the justification for what is happening in Iraq, step back and take some solace from the spirit of democracy enshrined in these very pages - above all else we must preserve this.
Russell Brodie, Edinburgh, Scotland
Most people in America do not want war, but now that our men and women are fighting in another country to give them the freedom they deserve, we are behind them 100%. I wish the news media would report on the majority for once and not on the minority. Most in the world support the taking out of Saddam and his regime.
John Peros, USA
It is always sad when we must resort to war but it was inevitable; the arrogance of the Iraqi leadership and supporters is almost as bottomless as the swagger of the Americans. Superior forces and firepower will overcome even the most committed Saddam zealot, but let's hope that we can quickly gain the understanding of the majority of the ordinary Iraqi people with our magnanimity in success and humanitarian concern.
Stan Lamb, UK
I believe it was Einstein who said, 'Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'
I have nothing but respect and admiration for the way our troops are handling this situation. Anyone who states that Saddam is not a problem after he used chemical warfare on his own nation is deluded. Men, woman and children, up to 5000 of them died a horrible death. Yet this man is not a threat to us!!
A message to the collation forces - Be Strong, Be Swift, Be True - The UK is behind you!
I am against this war - but now it's happened, I'm backing our troops and praying for a swift end to this needless war.
Jen, Sunderland, UK
So many thoughtful comments from all over the world on these pages!
As an American, I want to say that although Bush sees the world in black and white, good and evil, the difference between his government and Iraq's is in shades of grey. Yes, we can protest without being executed or gassed, and that is why we must! However, it is also true the Bush was not elected by a majority in a fair election and has confiscated powers from other branches of government. Our democracy has deteriorated into a corporate plutocracy and our media is no longer objective. America's real crime is not this war but the decades of blind, double-standard foreign policy in the Middle East. Forgive me for my laziness and na´vetÚ in trusting the American media for all these years.
Chris, Seattle, USA
Appeasement always fails with dictators. Saddam and his sons would have ruled for 50 more years if the democracies did not take a stand now. As for the money, it will prove a good investment when Iraqis stand on their own feet and march to a bright future. That country will be the Japan of the Middle East - an example for the Arab world. Democracy, pluralism, and market oriented societies are the pillars of peace in our world.
Dave Lekse, Indianapolis, U.S.
Democracy and freedom is an evolutionary process that is obtained by nations on a gradual basis. It cannot be enforced by inflicting war on a nation. Surely enough Blair and Bush know this well. They should be left alone to decide their destiny and do not need Blair and Bush's blessings.
Mike McAllen, London, Canada
War is a harsh teacher, so said Thucydides 2,500 years ago. Where this war will lead, exactly what its outcomes will be witnessed for decades to come. Thucydides has many lessons, especially for the West. For now, however, it may be best to draw from Sir Robert Peel: "the lights have truly gone out the world over and they shall not be re-lit again in our lifetimes".
James Ronton, Illinois, USA
Whilst I have tried to leave an open mind about this war I still feel that there is more to the story than America are letting on. Is this all about liberation or is it about USA securing there economy for another few years or are they scared they are not going to be the superpower for much longer. I admit Saddam needs removing from power but I hope that it is for the correct reasons.
Jonathan Prior, Lancashire
I support the coalition to remove Saddam's regime, however I now think it is going to be much harder than I first thought, mainly because we are now seeing guerrilla tactics, and not the conventional rules of engagement we have been used to in the past. War is a dirty business!
When will we ever learn? War causes suffering. Why are we in this war? Where are the supposed weapons of mass destruction? Why do the officials continue to mislead? I just wish the wishes of the majority were being listened to by the governments of this world.
Laurie Larsen, Colorado, USA
Former US President, Ben Franklin said "Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety". America, and Britain to a lesser extent, are falling into this trap.
After the Cold War, the world seemed for a new age of peace and prosperity. Is it not time for those with the capability, experience and belief in a functioning, democratic and tolerant society, to take up arms and get rid of the backwards dictators and religious fanatics that blight the world? I hope Mr Blair and Mr Bush realise they have started something that cannot be finished in Iraq. We must have the resolve to see this through to the end, only then can the world be united and truly at peace.
It's quite astonishing that the big supporters of democracy in the 20th century can go to war in the 21st, without approval from the UN. However much the Iraqi regime may be despicable, this war is undoing more than 50 years of international politics.
For the first time since becoming a father, I wonder what the future will bring to my 3 young children.
With empathy for the Iraqi people.
There is an unheard majority who strongly believe what we are doing is right. It is upsetting that what we hear on the news is such a large amount of disdain towards freeing a people and protecting our society. We are freeing them from persecution and we should allow every rights.
Jake Lerner, Columbus, Ohio
For 12 years, we all have fought a silent but deadly "war of sanctions" against the Iraqi people with enormous casualties. The people have suffered - not Saddam. It is sad to say it, but I believe that the actions going on now is the only way to end this suffering, that is the price of the vast political blunder of not removing Saddam the last time. And the victims are the Iraqi people, and the servicemen - and - women of both the coalition and Iraq.
Jesper Stenild, Viborg, Denmark
This war will have no winners except oil and weapons industries.
Mark, Kassel, Germany
Bush and Blair led us to believe that this war was going to be a pushover, like the liberation of Kuwait. This war is totally different. The Iraqi's do not see us as liberators but as an invading force. The Iraqi forces and people will resist heavily. Even where we take control of towns (and we haven't taken any yet) our troops will be subject to snipers and booby traps.
This war will go on for months and there will be hundreds of British and American casualties. In Bush's haste for war and retribution this resistance was overlooked. Saddam is not as unpopular as we have been led to believe.
I still don't support the actions of Mr Blair and Westminster, implementing this illegal conflict against international law. We have yet to see the overwhelming gratitude of the Iraqis but I suppose while they lie in hospital beds or their graves, they have other things on their minds. Our troops deserve our support by withdrawing them immediately.
Robert Denton, UK
Yes, the US has gained advantage position in a rapid pace. But I feel deeply sorry for the death of Iraq citizens because US missiles missed their targets. I feel very sad understanding some US soldiers die from an helicopter accident, but the George W. Bush and his cabinet ignored this totally and described the progress so far been 'dramatic' and 'satisfactory'. What would these soldiers and their family feel when US claims its 'victory' against Iraq?
US and UK will win this war and any subsequent ones they will choose to initiate, thanks to their overwhelmingly superior resources. The pretext will be different every time, lots of people will believe the specific one offered each time, and "rally behind the Prime Minister/President and Our Boys at the Front". The world will be an even more repulsive place as a result, of course, but who cares? Only the naive, deluded "peaceniks.
Barbara Macleod, Oxford, UK
My dad told me yesterday how he stood on a gas tower in Somerset, South West England at the end of the Second World War and watched in awe, as wave after wave of American B-52s and other planes flew over, low, flying home to the US.
I am in awe for the men and women who risked and gave their lives in WWII for my future and my families future, and I am in awe now of the men and women prepared to give their lives again for our future.
The (unimaginable) $75 billion that the US is planning to spend on the war on Iraq could be better spent feeding and developing starving nations like Ethiopia and Sudan, combating poverty in countries like Brazil and Somalia, and educating children all over the world to be more tolerant of each other.
Alexandra, Beirut, Lebanon
My heart goes out to the troops facing death, fighting people they don't even know. How can anyone regard a couple of suited men sitting in luxurious plush air-conditioned offices and officers sending 18 and 19-year-olds to do the dirty work for their muddled-up politics as leaders and heroes?
It's a tragedy for Iraq and its people.
We have created an horrific problem for the whole world.
The war - sadly - is the only option open to us. Forget the threat to US/UK shores. This regime is a continuing threat to his own peoples, and they have to be relieved of this tyranny.
Blair said that the war has being going according to plan but I don't believe this. He must say this to his people because he is afraid of the protests against the war. As you see all over the world many protests are happening, because now people understood the reality. I think the media can stop the war. Please let's stop the war together.
Blair has sold Britain out to America. He would be well advised to get back our good relationship with the Europeans. Get real Blair, Bush is using you!
These anti-war protestors have the freedom to protest - that is the generosity of our democracy. I would like to know where they were hiding when Saddam was gassing his own people? Our troops are out there, we should ALL support them and be proud that we are British and have the freedom to voice an opinion.
I came to live in this country 30 years ago and I proudly support the action of Britain. I don't want war, but Saddam pushed for this for 12 long years.
Gurcharan S, Chigwell UK
If Saddam is cruel to his people (as projected vociferously by Western media) are the Americans are showing their compassion to the Iraqi people by dropping 20,000 pounds bombs on them? And what about the many thousands of Iraqi children who died after first Gulf war mainly due to sanctions on food and medicine? Where were these champions of human rights then?
To Ahmad in Pakistan: Saddam has been selling much of the aid his country is receiving to other countries (UN aid supplies are openly for sale in Syria and Jordan)... when will you and others understand that making his people suffer is just a game to this guy to get the sanctions lifted? He must go now!
As a resident of USA I fear that all of this is only escalating violence, practising and desensitizing our views towards the bloody deeds of war. I strongly believe that the "shock and awe" campaigning of the USA will sooner or later be kick back and a hard punch for us. We, the citizens of this country will suffer as a result of or president's actions. He will be well protected. For the USA the end of this war will be a big victory, but it will be temporary. The USA is under an illusion if it thinks that once it has won it will be all birds singing, flowers blooming. Don't be so ignorant USA. I fear our time will come - and you and I as residents will be the victims.
We may dispute between ourselves whether or not war in Iraq is correct, but at the end of the day, Saddam Hussein had the power for 12 years to draw this matter to a close by complying with the UN resolutions and more recently the allies' requests. He is an evil man and something has to be done. I don't agree with war, but what other option is there?
Craig Hadden, Glasgow, UK
If the US are so worried about the Geneva Convention being broken then why are they not applying this to the prisoners they have captured. They say this is because they are not war combatants but terrorists. They are still human beings, and the Geneva Convention is about Human Rights not just prisoners of war. Just because a person is not wearing a uniform does this deny them human rights? There is something fundamentally wrong here. As this conflict progresses it seems to be becoming more and more a war of double standards. The coalition forces seem to be able to pick and choose which international agreements they follow. Let's all hope and pray, if you are a believer, that this war is over very soon.
It has taken 30 years for me to realize we can do no right in the eyes of the world. If America removed herself from all foreign interest, there are those who would consider us separatists. Try to help other countries, and it becomes American arrogance and domination. As I write this I am thankful that I can be so expressive. I am also thankful that my country is full of those willing to fight for my right to do so. This very point makes me wonder why those opposed to this war did not protest so passionately while Saddam was gassing the Kurds?
Chris, Burlington, USA
Whilst removing Saddam Hussein is a laudable aim, I remain deeply sceptical about this war. I have no doubt the US and UK will "win", and hopefully quickly. But where are the jubilant Iraqis cheering Saddam's defeat, where are the mass desertions? However bad a leader is there are times when a people will rally round to defend their homes against all odds and against all "liberators".
Mike, London, UK
Being a Russian and knowing what totalitarian regime is I don't want to dwell on if Saddam is cruel dictator or not. Of course, he is. In my humble opinion democracy cannot be ever imposed by the missiles. Mr. Bush needed a pretext - he found it. I must admit I was surprised by the decision of the British Parliament. I thought one of the oldest democracies in the world would rather say "no" to unmotivated Mr. Blair's intentions. But what's done cannot be undone. I'm deeply concerned that people get killed there - no matter who they are: Iraqi, British or American. First of all, they are people and their deaths are not worth of politicians' ambitions. The war must be stopped!
Barabanshchikov Andrey, Tula, Russia
This war is something that had to happen, there is no point pussy footing around a man like Saddam he'll just walk all over you. I think these people who are protesting don't actually realise what the war is about they don't realise that if the war didn't happen Iraq would have carried on making biological weapons and the threat of him or another party using them would increase. What about all the people it would affect? What about the Iraqi people who on a daily basis get kidnapped, tortured and killed who live in fear of a cowardly dictator?
Every day millions are protesting against the war and accusing the Coalition forces to be a beast who's primal role in this war is killing innocent people! I urge the people to read more about Iraq history and especially about Saddam: A person who killed many and made no place for opposition in his country. War is cruel but not as cruel as Saddam's regime.
How can anyone not feel that this war was not inevitable? It seems that Mr Bush had his mind set towards war and it was only a matter of how it was to be accomplished and not if. If there was a clear case for war, if all other avenues and options had been explored and exhausted, then I could understand this. The fact is they have not, and no coherent, structured argument for this war has been made. The dossier was a joke, the "proof" of WMD was laughable, the arguments for war are flawed or non-existent. What remains is tabloid logic, "Saddam is evil so let's get him" - "If you oppose war you are unpatriotic".
Anyone with and ounce of intelligence must feel very uneasy about this, and I have to say I feel we have made a very grave mistake.
Mike Richardson, York, England
I was against this war however my views have changed. President Bush and Prime Minister Blair have so far kept their words that they are not against the Iraqi people but its cruel ruler. After watching a recent TV programme I found how cruel Saddam is to the Iraqis and the Kurds. Let's pray the war will finish sooner than expected and the Iragi people liberated from the oppression of the regime of Saddam H.
Ravi, Hamilton, New Zealand
As I cen see, lot of people here support war! So, why didn't you join your army and go to war? It's easy to be a warrior from your living room! I would like to see you when you hear an air raid siren, or cruise missiles flying over your head! It's really sad when you support killing in any way!
Boyan, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
With regard to the Geneva Convention - Rumsfeld stated that POW's should not be televised, and Iraq should follow the world rules. I'd like to see how many international laws that his team had destroyed by going to war and if you want to see cruelty you should look at prisoners at Guantanomo prison.
Ali, Akron, Ohio, USA
The US and UK have been entrapped in their self-created fantasy world. They thought that they would have been welcomed as liberators and that the Iraqi people would have met them with flowers. A domestic oppressor will always be preferred to foreign army of occupation though. The Iraqis will fight for their independence, because the alternative will be an American military administration. Even the Americans would not welcome an American military administration in their own country.
Oula K., Vantaa, Finland
Whilst I believe Saddam Hussein is an evil dictator, the pre-emptive strike led by the USA sets a dangerous precedent for the future. Saddam should be booted out but with a UN mandate. What's to deter India or China going into some neighbouring country just because they don't like the politics? The USA under Bush is now very right wing, with the White House under the unhealthy control of big business. Who is next on their list after Iraq? Some small country, no doubt. They now feel they can do anything, hiding behind the 9/11 attack consensus. The Irish government meanwhile will back the USA & UK in whatever they do, and paint it all with a (transparent) veneer of neutrality.
JS, Dublin, Ireland
What ever your feelings about the War, now it has started lets get behind our troops, who are giving there lives so we can be safe. Let's the troops our full support - we can sort the politicians out later
Kevin, Cardiff Uk
We all want Saddam removed asap! We have been waiting for this moment to destroy Saddam and his evil regime. But at what cost? If the war goes on as it has been for the last four days with minimum number of casualties, then I will encourage this fight. However as an Iraqi I keep on thinking what Saddam will do next! Everyone is worried about the military forces if Saddam decides to use chemical/biological weapons, but the US and British troops will be well protected with their costumes and masks what about the Iraqi people!
May Ansari, London/UK
It is Iraq today, but there will always be opponents to the US's very biased foreign policy. When this war is done, some one else will rise up to the US and terrorism will continue, unless the US changes its self-seeking attitude and use its might to help build the world, instead of destroying it. To the innocent victims of the war in both the US, Iraq and elsewhere, I say a special prayer for you.
Ronald, Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
It is not that one does not want to see the world rid of the likes of Saddam Hussein, but one can also not accept that without UN support a US led coalition begins a war using very dubious arguments, when the objectives of the war are clear to all.
Francisco Caeiro, Luanda, Angola
There is a lesson to be learned from German history: if you don't fight dictators in time, they will fight you. We all have to thank those soldiers in WWII for their sacrifice, otherwise we would now be living in a world under Nazi control. If we don't fight Saddam now, he might fight us, but he certainly will go on torturing and killing thousands of Iraqis each year. Do we have the right to go on closing our eyes to that?
Carsten Lilge, Berlin, Germany
The media coverage of the war in Iraq is inappropriate. The images directly from the front line could be very distressing for family and friends of those serving. Such images are in danger of desensitising us to the horror of war, as well as raising anxiety because of the lack of clarity of some of the details. No I am not trying to sanitise my bit of the world, and yes I do have a choice to switch off. However, what I was looking for was an update on events not "war by media". At the moment we are being presented with too many details too soon, which I think is invasive to both the troops trying to carry out their task, and to the general public.
Liz Nicholls, Stockport England
Till now I had good opinion about USA, their instinct in helping others and so on but the way in which they think that their life is more valuable than others and they are superior to others make me feel that they had come from some other planet and are the privileged. These possessive people will know the reality in time to come. The Iraqi war is just the beginning of all this.
Kuttan, Kochi, India
To citizens of the US & UK who vehemently protest against the war - You make yourselves fools and fodder for the world - for terrorists and dictators like Saddam who would gas you (if he had a chance) alongside your anti-war banners. In sympathising with the people of Iraq do not forget your own who are paying a heavy price. What use is your protesting now except to foster divide, encouraging dissent, lowering morale and betraying your fellow soldiers and countrymen. You are exacerbating a critical situation that badly needs consolidated and concerted moral support and effort for a speedy conclusion.
My thoughts and prayers are with the troops. If I wasn't 52 years old I would sign up to be there with them. I stand behind the troops and my President 100%.
I have family out there and have had no contact since this began. I just hope and pray he is okay and wish "our boys" a safe and very speedy return.
Terri Harcombe, Leatherhead, England
I question those who argue that protests weaken the morale of the soldiers. I am not a soldier, but I do think those soldiers are smart enough to realise that in any situation, there will be people who are for and against a certain cause. Also, I think they realise that these protestors are not unpatriotic, because the majority of America was against the Bush administration in 2000. Please give our troops a little more credit! If the pro-war Americans truly knew the troops' morale, they would organise huge rallies and march around with signs too! You are the majority, right?
St Louis, USA
The first argument for the war was to fight terrorism and disarm Saddam. Then it became a question of liberating the Iraqi people. It is a nice thought - to spread the light of freedom and democracy to oppressed people - but think about the consequences. After the Iraq war, what's next? North Korea? Iran? Egypt? Saudi Arabia? Syria? Cuba? Zimbabwe? Vietnam? China? Where do we draw the line?
Ove Svensson, Linkoping, Sweden
It isn't just a shame that the British backed the USA, but also that Australia has done so. I am so saddened to see what is going on now, with all the accidental deaths happening. I wonder if the USA are so cocky now? My thoughts are with the mothers and wives left behind. I am also thinking of the children of Iraq, exactly how safe are they? It is a crying shame!
Lynda, Queensland, Australia
It will be great when Saddam is dead along with his thugs. Then the Iraqi people can freely rise up and rejoice that this evil has been defeated.
Gerald Jones & friends, Clarksburg, USA
Do Americans make war to bring freedom to the people whom they are killing? Will American war supporters still feel so honoured when innocent citizens will fight with the US for their freedoms? Someone is bombing them continuously, making their lives hell. I personally don't want to live free in hell. But when I saw American soldiers captured by Iraq I did feel sorry.
Saldiray Gunal, Ankara, Turkey
What is happening with Iraq's weapons of mass destruction? Suddenly we hear no more about that from Blair and Bush. This is such a phoney war. It is clear that Iraq's weaponry is of very poor quality, which must have been known to American intelligence before the war started. I have respect for the Iraqi soldiers who, against expectations, are putting up a fight. That is not to say that I like Saddam; he is just another type like Bush with no principles.
Cor Vandenbos, New Denver, US
I have difficulty condoning the use of force in this situation, yet it appears to be the lesser of two evils. In America, and elsewhere, protesters who have never lived under a brutal dictator condemn the actions of the US and the UK, yet no one seems to heed the words of Iraqi exiles who do want Hussein gone. They may speak broken English, but no one needs to explain the scars on their bodies.
Tara, Connecticut, USA
Yesterday I saw a report on BBC World where the reporter was on board the guided missile cruiser Mobile Bay as it fired its first Tomahawk salvos, on their one hour flight to Baghdad. The sailors let out a cheer to be finally part of the action. There is no dignity in war and even less so in a push-button war with one side overwhelming superior in firepower.
Nazre Dastgir, Cairo, Egypt
I study in an International design school in Italy, with students from the US, Israel, France, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia and South America and I am from UK. We all find learning and sharing our differences and similarities fascinating and respect what makes us unique. Patience, respect and daily effort is what it takes for us all to live, work and play together. I hope that the British Government can learn to find patience with others' differences. We all hate this war and wish for peace through diplomacy.
David Slocombe, Ivrea, Italy
I think this war needs to happen because if it doesn't Saddam will kill more people and children. But I grieve with all the families of the Iraqis and the British and Americans who have lost people.
James, Bedford, UK
What right does the media have to show live bombardments? Why double standards when it comes to America? What about the people who were taken from Afghanistan to Cuba by the Americans?
It was funny watching the telly yesterday and seeing Donald Rumsfeld asking Iraq to abide by the Geneva Convention in their treatment of US POWs by not showing them on television. It was surprising to learn that Mr Rumsfeld had heard of Geneva Convention.
As a young woman, I would prefer the war to come to an end. Innocent souls may lose their live and there may be many casualties. Let Saddam step down quietly to avoid any danger any more. War cannot solve the problem.
We all know that this assault - not War - is happening for the cheap oil supplies in Iraq. The cause is not the chemical and biological weapons since the Americans gave these weapons to Iraq! The Americans wanted the War so badly and they couldn't wait because of the euro - through which all the transactions are starting to take place. The US needs to control some key economies of this are.
Baklezos Panos, Athens, Greece
The anti-war protesters in this country and others should ask themselves how long they would be allowed to protest in Iraq. They should put themselves in the position of its civilians to know that some things just have to be done. Twelve years of talking about it achieved nothing
The war is not going well, and it seems that things will get a lot worse before they get better. However if democracies don't have the will to defend themselves there is little hope for the world. We must carry on to the bitter end until Saddam is defeated. If only we had been more forthright in the past in promoting freedom and democracy in Iraq then we would not be enduring this pain now. The UN doctrine of non-intervention in countries' internal affairs is dangerous. We should have intervened in Iraq much earlier.
Peter Stagnetto, Gibraltar
I am in total agreement with the policy of ousting Saddam Hussein, purely for the sake of the Iraqi people. I am puzzled as to why he is not utilising the 'weapons of mass destruction' which the Americans are convinced he has and are the prime reason for this war. Surely if the Americans were convinced that he has these weapons then why are they so convinced that the war will be a short one? I am also afraid that the aftermath of this conflict will destabilise the Middle East and cause untold hatred for many years to come. Will it all have been worthwhile?
Jim Bentley, Warwickshire, UK
Grateful for the support of the UK. Very sorry for all UK personnel that have lost their lives during this conflict. My heart goes out to their families.
Thomas Lawrenson, Parkville, Mo, USA
I am sorry for those British and Americans at this discussion forum whose family members and relatives are in the Middle East and I wish them all the luck in this world. However, I strongly disagree with those who support the war only because it is "their troops out there". That cannot be an excuse for a pro-war attitude. As a Serbian, I have never supported Serbian troops during wars. And I don't consider myself less patriotic for that. On the contrary, patriotism does not mean supporting your government and president whatever they may do, patriotism is about loving ordinary people around you and preventing your nation from going down the wrong track.
Ivan Pavlovic, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
I support the American and British-led troops. Terrorists like Saddam Hussein must be disarmed of their weapons of mass destruction.
I believe President Bush and PM Blair will go down in history as the leaders who saved the world from catastrophe. However, if they don't find any WMD after this war, the shame will live on in Britain and America for generations.
All these years of aggression against their own people and surrounding countries. Our tollerance has finally been exhausted - why is it that the rest of the world hardly feels the same? Would you want this lifestyle? Wouldn't everybody want to live freely and have a productive society? But, it has spilled to all the surrounding nations and now the leaders of this disgrace will pay. Thank God for our country and our leaders! To our service men and woomen. Thank you and come home safe!
Loren, Chicago, USA
Humanity will never learn. Bush and co believe that war will solve the problem. No it will not and can never solve any problem. To the Americans and the Britons that support this war, I say put yourselves and your families in the Iraqis' shoes and tell me how you will feel. Your leaders are putting your innocent lives on the line because the hatred that will emanate from this senseless war will haunt you for a long time to come. Killing innocent women and children in the name of librating them does not make sense.
Why do all the warmongers suddenly now claim to have a deep concern for the oppressed Iraqi people? How many public protests have there been over the last 12 years in London/New York? It is wrong to use this as a new motive for war, just because the WMD threat or 9/11 links have been dismissed. I would advise all war supporters to apply caution about believing stories emanating from the Bush Administration. Truth is hard to find in war, especially without public support.
Rick, Hatfield, UK
As far as I am concerned (I'm the mother of a serving member of the armed forces) anyone who doesn't back our troops is a traitor to their country. They should think themselves lucky y they can protest like the bunch of cowards they are. The children of Israel are showing up the brats in our schools, going to school carrying gas masks almost as big as they are whilst our lot use the war as an excuse for a rent-a-mob party.