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War in Iraq: Your views
1st Brigade troops communicate with each other after taking over one of Saddam Hussein's palaces

US troops have expanded their control over Baghdad, encountering few obstacles as they move through the Iraqi capital.

Marines have entered the Shia stronghold suburb of Saddam City.

Hundreds of cheering Iraqis have welcomed the marines as they advanced towards central Baghdad from its eastern outskirts.

The crowds were largely made up of young men from the Shiite community.

What are your views on the course of the war so far? Send us your comments.

Thank you, we've received hundreds of thousands of your e-mails about the war in Iraq. This debate is now closed and a selection of your comments appears below.

The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received:

The real reason for this war is dividing Iran from Syria
Avi al-Levi, USA
Those who support this war have not cited the real reasons for changing the Iraqi regime. Although Saddam could give weapons of mass destruction to terrorists and has slaughtered his own people, the real reason for this war is dividing Iran from Syria, the top two terrorism-sponsoring-states in the world. Cut off supplies and personnel from Tehran to Damascus and Beirut, and you have a Middle East on its way to peace, cheaper oil and a safer and more free Iraq, not to mention the whole world.
Avi al-Levi, Kansas City, USA

Civil disturbance and looting is normal during a war. Generally speaking there is a certain percentage of people who would do anything anytime. The course of the war, so far, is just going as it has always been going in other wars in history. Apparent though it seems, coalition forces have little choice in many matters. It would be the "course of the peace" that would need to be directed by the coalition forces that would make history, not the "course of the war!"
Agha Ata, Houston, USA

Anyone that supports this war has to take responsibility for its consequences. I for one could not ever accept responsibility for the deaths and injuries of those caught up in it, especially the children, in the misguided belief that this will somehow increase my own safety. Shame on those who do, for this is a war of shame and misuse of power. There was never any credible threat from the start. How many lives must be destroyed before those responsible learn? Will they ever learn?
Robin Ballantine, Armagh N.Ireland

War has gone well for the coalition
Robert, USA
War has gone well for the coalition. Precision planning, human errors, collateral damage and gutsy military personnel. The restoration of civil control by the Iraqis will take time. I'll never understand the people that think Saddam should live in his palaces while Iraqis go starving. Where is the justice and where is the hope?
Robert, USA

Now the war is well underway it seems laughable that France, Russia and Germany are wanting to get involved in its reconstruction through the UN. The worst part of it all is that the war would be much quicker with less casualties if these nations had joined from the start. If they wanted to have a part in post war Iraq they should have supported the war. By not helping the cause they are merely increasing the chances that their fears of mass civilian casualties and an increase in Arab anti-western/American sentiment would happen. Or maybe thats what they wanted?
Jon, Morristown, NJ USA

As a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam war, I can safely say that war in itself is the most vile of human endeavours. Unfortunately, war is sometimes necessary. Is this war justified? Take a close look at the faces of liberated Iraqis for the answer
Lothar, USA

I am dismayed by the amount of time, money and effort that is being poured into the anti-war demonstrations
Peter Williams, Barcelona
I am dismayed by the amount of time, money and effort that is being poured into the anti-war demonstrations here in Spain and presumably in other countries. A display of protest against war in general is fine to send a message to the coalition that they do not have a blank cheque to carpet bomb Baghdad. But spending huge amounts of money on t-shirts, badges and window displays against the war. Surely this money could have been put to better use in helping victims of war? Now that the war seems to be drawing to a close it is even more pointless especially as evidence is mounting daily that Saddam was indeed a ruthless and cruel dictator of the worst kind.
Peter Williams, Barcelona, Spain

Not so long ago, a vicious regime stamped out a popular uprising by killing many of its young participants. Torture was routine, and ethnic minorities were brutally suppressed. Religious expression was also savagely punished. No, I do not refer to Iraq, nor Iran or North Korea. It was of course China, where the world witnessed the state's cruelty in Tiananmen Square as tanks drove over students, many of whom were also shot. How come no "coalition of the willing" invaded China to "liberate" the population and foster the democracy that the students craved? Talk about pick on someone your own size...
Martin Blake, Melbourne Australia

The bombing of al-Jazeera TV and Abu Dhabi TV raises some disturbing questions. Is it not clear now that the Americans and the Brits want only their view to be broadcast to the world? How fair is the reporting by the Embedded correspondents? They primarily focus on the victory gains and not on the Iraqi civilian causalities .It is obvious that the so-called coalition forces do not want mounting Iraqi civilian casualties to be broad cast to the viewers at home.
Sarat Menon,

I am pro-diplomacy and still believe that the war is unnecessary
YK, Malaysia
I am pro-peace, not pro-Saddam. I am pro-diplomacy and still believe that the war is unnecessary. I believe there are a lot of people who think this way. The world wants to disarm Saddam and there are many ways to skin this cat. Why war is the only option?
YK, Malaysia

So the Americans say they would not directly target civilians? Well what about the bombing of the restaurant in Baghdad, killing 14 civilians and wounding many others? This was done on only the possibility the Saddam was there. Even so, they would have known they would also kill civilians. In anyone elses book this would be blatant terrorism. Is this how the "Civilised World" acts? They are quite clearly prepared to kill innocent civilians to achieve their goals. Shame on them.
Robin Ballantine, Armagh N.Ireland

The latest American attack on journalists in Baghdad is condemnable. The so-called exponents of democracy should not show such contempt to democratic institutions such as press.
Dr.Sudeshna, Hyderabad, India.

As a protestor, I have always believed that the very idea of being "for" any war is completely inhuman, and I still do. But when I see the jubilation and smiles of sheer relief on the Iraqis' faces this morning, I cannot deny that I am moved to tears and happy for them. If this war has given them their freedom, who are we to condemn it? Are these people not worthy of a freedom that we take for granted? It is all too easy to take the moral high-ground from our cosy homes in the UK.
Tessa Hawes, UK

When one watches the anarchy in Baghdad, one cannot help wonder what on earth was this war for?
Neil Hutton, England
How very disappointing to see the Iraqi people looting. Is this the "freedom" we have fought for? Did our soldiers die for these people to steal television sets? I am sickened by these sights: the conflict is not over, our soldiers still need their help, and I would have thought the Iraqi people would put building democracy and their freedom above money and objects. When one watches the anarchy in Baghdad, one cannot help wonder what on earth was this war for?
Neil Hutton, London, England

Well, Well, look at this. After 12 years and 3 weeks there is jubilation in Baghdad. 12 years of a toothless United Nations, and 3 weeks of determined US, UK and Australian forces proving that it can be done. Now all the veto governments want to "help" in rebuilding Iraq. HA! They want to get their hands on the oil.
Stephen Ring, Lansing, United States of America

Looting is a normal occurrence when a regime is toppled and in general no action is taken against looters, who are usually the poor taking advantage of political chaos. I see no reason why anything should be done to stop them for with the fall of the government everything belongs to the Iraqi people.
Trisha Nolan, Shreveport, USA

Perhaps now the peace protestors can admit they got it wrong
Helen, UK
Scenes of jubilation in Baghdad, as well as Basra Um Quasar etc have now been reported. Perhaps now the peace protestors can admit they got it wrong.
Helen, UK

To all the people that say "war is war" and innocent people will be hurt; explain that to the 12 year old boy who has to live the rest of his life with no arms and who has lost his entire family. How would you feel if your son or daughter had their arms blow away by a missile? Do you not think that this is creating a 1000 more Bin Ladens? As in the Old Testament, "an eye for an eye" is a way of life in the Middle East.
Trevor, Johannesburg South Africa

Now that Saddam's regime has been taken apart it is striking how banal and poorly thought out the anti-war arguments actually were. The fractures in the world order actually came about in the late 1980s if not before; the supply of arms to Iraq was not from the US or the UK - they were supplied almost entirely by Russia, China and France; the Iraqis had WMD; the Iraqis had links to terrorist groups; millions of people have not been killed or made homeless; there are not huge refugee flows to Jordan, Iran or Turkey; a major source of regional instability has been removed. The US and UK have, again, been proved right.
Andy, Gloucester UK

And so there they are, on the streets. The Iraqis celebrate their first taste of freedom. It's not over yet but the end - no the beginning - is very very near. Even Arabs in other countries must be envious of what they are seeing on the streets of Baghdad. Next, the liberation of Palestinians and you just watch the rest of the Arab world come around. Thank God for America.
Sam Gioskos, Manila, Philippines

It is a scary scenario what the US is implementing. It is the fear of the US for the male Muslim population to run the Middle East and beyond, this is the real season for this war. The US is obsessed by losing control as the world's policeman. However to create a war every three to five years, and this is what this regime is all about, is nothing less than what Hitler did to the Jews. Unfortunately Bush cannot be prosecuted as a war criminal, as the US withdrew from the international criminal court prior to starting the war in Iraq. What a coincidence.
Bert, Louvie, France

Whether you are for or against this war, it can't be denied that this campaign has been the most remarkably successful military display in human history. The US and UK can be very proud. I, as an American, certainly am.
Barry, USA

From day one this war has been about removing Saddam Hussein in order to get control of the region and the trillion dollar Iraqi oil fields
Tjeerd, UK
Please do not think all British citizens are supporting this war. I definitely do not - and nothing Blair or his Government can say would change my mind. From day one this war has been about removing Saddam Hussein in order to get control of the region and the trillion dollar Iraqi oil fields. If the US/UK were so intent on imposing "democracy" and "freedom" around the world then why have they already ruled out action against North Korea? Because there is no loot and the North Koreans would put up a fight - that's why! It is all the more worrying when it appears that Americans sincerely believe Saddam was a threat to their own security. If anyone is a threat it's Bin Laden - but has he been fully dealt with?
Tjeerd, UK

I think a lot of people here are missing the point. Bush and Blair may be doing it for their own reasons, but if (as a by-product) this war serves to free the Iraqi people from dictatorship, I'm all for it.
Rob, Nottingham, England

What you reap is what you sow. During the cold war Iran was considered more dangerous than Iraq and US gave full support to Saddam. So in a way Saddam is the US's own creation. It's the same with Afghanistan. So, the Americans have no right to blame any one other than their misguided foreign policies. It will be better to do a close analysis now rather than pre-emptively striking the rest of the world as and when you like, or once their usefulness to you turns into a burden.
Jery, Japan.

Even though I don't believe it to be so, there are still some that say the war is over oil. Well, even if it is, is that such a bad thing? If it means freedom and prosperity for a people of an extremely rich mineral nation, then that is okay. Sometimes the right things get done for the wrong reasons. Does anyone now truly believe that this war should not have taken place, and the Iraqi people should have been left to be raped, gassed, tortured and murdered?
Scooter, London, England

Personally I back the strong decision of Great Britain and the US. The best I can say to the world is, as much as people complain that this war was all about oil, I can now confidently say that those who do not back the war, especially France, Germany and Russia, are doing so due to their interest in the oil in Iraq and not in the interest of the Iraq citizen. I wish to let these opposing leaders be aware that they shouldn't think of their economic gain, for September 11 can happen to any nation. We should support the Americans and the British to root out dictators.
Joseph Lanton Mensah, Ghana

In the grand scheme of things the coalition will have reduced the threat of terrorism
Jessica, USA
In the grand scheme of things, the Iraqi people will benefit by Saddam's removal. In the grand scheme of things the coalition will have reduced the threat of terrorism against its people and supporters, and even those who oppose our actions. In the grand scheme of things the people of Iraq will have the power to decide how their children will live. Stop thinking on the small scale. People will always die in war, civilians will always suffer losses. What is important is that their lives are not lost and their traumas are not endured in vain.
Jessica, USA

Jessica describes the grand scheme of things, claiming that civilian losses are subordinate to the war's worthy cause. It sure is easy to make this claim in the comfort of the United States. Do we really think Iraqi civilians, as they go out with their dying breath, are saying the words, "this is a noble end for me"? The grand scheme of things means very little to people who struggle day-by-day to survive. The grand scheme of things matters only to those who need justification for the unfortunate killing of innocents.
Kyle, USA

To Jessica from the USA, in the grand scheme of things, the US has destroyed international political order. In the grand scheme of things, the coalition has invaded a sovereign country without a legal basis, thus opening the way for other countries to do the same in future. In the grand scheme of things, those who have died for the "cause" were not given a choice and the "cause" will be of little consolation to their relatives. In the grand scheme of things, none of us were under any threat of a terrorist attack from Iraq. It has been over a decade since Iraq attacked another country, no threat has been reduced. On the contrary, in the grand scheme of things, the terrorist threat to the US and other countries has increased. And that is the sad and scary truth.
Alexandra, Beirut, Lebanon

The whole arguments here are based on lies
Amed, France
It is amazing to see how the US and UK citizens expressing their views on this forum let themselves be manipulated by their respective governments which have to some degree succeeded to make them believe in the "humanitarian aims" of this war. Politicians have never minded for this kind of stuff. Their only objective has always been to ensure the security and financial comfort of their own fellow citizens by exploiting citizens of other nations. The whole arguments here are based on lies.
Amed, France

To Amed of France: if I were an average Iraqi citizen, I would give anything to be "exploited by the US and UK" than to endure more years of torture and murder under Saddam's regime. The US and UK may indeed have ulterior motives, but if it means getting rid of Saddam and allowing the Iraqis to finally live in freedom, so be it!
SM, Laramie, USA

To Amed (France): I am not supporting this war because of the "lies" my government has made me believe; in fact, I was initially anti-war because of the reasons my government gave for going to war. It was the accounts given by Iraqi exiles and footage of the thousands of dead Kurds that made me support this war.
Suzanne, Atlanta, USA

The current outcry from the press following the recent deaths amongst journalists in Baghdad is expected but unjustified. All such deaths are a tragedy on a personal scale and the families of the dead and injured have my fullest sympathy. However the press are present in Iraq by choice which is more than can be said for the soldiers on either side or the civil population. Battlefields are dangerous places and a press badge does not offer immunity. I have always respected the courage of war correspondents but some journalists have done crazy things that have put themselves at incredible risk. From the reports of one incident the Reuters crew were filming from their balcony - in breach of the rules given to them. To a tank crew in an unfamiliar city and expecting to come under fire at any time they would look just like a classic ambush by an anti-tank missile team. The tank crew's response is both understandable and justifiable - delay may well have seen them killed in action.
Paul, Swindon, England

I am sickened by this war and all it purports to stand for
Amy, Washington, DC, USA
The morning news today reported that U.S. government may have killed Saddam Hussein. He was certainly targeted at the very least. And this is something to celebrate? What the U.S. government is engaged in is no less heinous than the acts of terror it professes to be fighting. I am sickened by this war and all it purports to stand for.
Amy, Washington, DC, USA

After working with a number of Iraqi asylum seekers over the last few years I have come to realise the importance of freedoms granted to us in the UK. Without realising what the persecuted in countries such as Iraq struggle with one can never realise why war is necessary.
Henrique Andrews, London, UK

This is a very just war. Any dictatorial regime fanning fundamentalist religious sentiments should be overthrown. The regime of Saddam Hussein was backed by fundamentalist, religious ideas. In fact the American and the British are doing a great service to the posterity of the Iraqis and to humanity at large. The sacrifice made by the youth of these two countries is indeed laudable.
Pavitra Hembrom, Jaipur, India

If there is looting in Basra, it simply means the British are not in control
Sam Whitsitt, Italy
If there is looting and pillaging in Basra, it simply means the British are not in control. Moreover, their inability to control the very forces they have unleashed makes them all the more responsible for the violence. Sorry, boys, but you are taking the easy way out.
Sam Whitsitt, Bologna, Italy

Now the end appears on the horizon will someone please explain why this event is being described as a WAR. There have been no battles only skirmishes, coalition forces have had total air supremacy from day one, weapon inspectors relieved Iraq of weapons of mass destruction the week before WAR was declared and finally the feared chemical weapons have never materialised. One only hopes that end now comes swiftly to spare the civilian population from further hell on earth and also prevent any further casualties from U.S. friendly fire.
Al Roberts, Manchester,England.

Why is it that when the US is trying to do something good to free people from the grip of a mass murderer (Civilians will be killed unfortunately in the process) there are mass protests everywhere. The US has killed less than a few hundred civilians in the 3 weeks of this operation. This week 1000 people were slaughtered in the Congo. Where are the protesters when this atrocity is happening? Why are they not protesting this action? Why aren't the human shields going down there? Everybody says the US has a double standard. I think all these supposed anti-war people and protesters are the ones who have the double standards
S. Donnelly, Washington DC

No one wants war, but the Iraqi people needed our help. That is it, that is why we are there. If any one believes that it is the oil we want, please think again. You need to know who we are to understand how we feel about seeing people treated they way the Iraqi people have been. We are a county made up of all the counties of the world and we are free.
Christine DiMeria, Irvine California USA

What will be the lessons of this war?
Jesus Nunez, Puebla, Mexico
What will be the lessons of this war? What will be the gain for the US? Safety for the American people? A dictator less on their list? A strengthened world role? What will be the gain for the Iraqis? Freedom? Civil revolts and a divided country instead of a terror-oppressive regime? Years of desolation? On the other hand, what are the losses: human lives, credibility on International Law and on UN capabilities, post-war traumas for thousands of civilians, polluted liaisons among the Arab world and bitter feelings among traditional allies. Are the participants on this conflict prepared to face the consequences of their acts?
Jesus Nunez, Puebla, Mexico

All this speculation on is Saddam dead or a live is just laughable. When the intelligence reports come in to where he is, send in the SAS and take him out with a gun and not just bomb the place where he is. Because then at least the world will have proof he is dead instead of these rumours which only seem to harm the progress of the 'War'
Barry, Northampton UK

There are many entries about the human cost of this war. What would the greater cost to the Iraqi people have been if Saddam had been left alone? Surely there would be many more grieving families in Iraq than there are solely as a result of this military conflict. There may be valid moral questions about this war, but I believe that not acting is even more morally questionable.
Seth Merrell, Essex, England

I think it is utterly unbelievable that the American and British forces would fire on the offices of Al Jazeera. So much for the freedom of speech the war machine is supposed to be bringing to Iraq. This is not the first time Al Jazeera has been targeted by the US forces (witness the attack on them in Kabul during the invasion of Afghanistan). Al Jazeera is an internationally respected, highly awarded news service.
Tom Raftery, Cork, Ireland

It has been so relatively easy so far
Ian Thomas, Harefield, West London, England
Has none one considered the possibility that we have gone into a death trap? Could it not be that rather than surrender, Saddam would prefer to blow everyone up, including his own people? It has been so relatively easy so far that the worry is something horrible will happen in the next few days. If he has weapons of mass destruction that most people say he has, he is only going to use them when there will be no comebacks. Armageddon
Ian Thomas, Harefield, West London, England

To say that Americans and British are fighting for the Iraqi people is an insult to the average human intelligence. Rice, Cheney and Bush being ex-officials in oil companies makes it very interesting as to what are the real reasons behind this invasion.
Nasser Al-Thekair, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

No-one wants war, but let's not forget why we are there. The regime of Saddam Hussein has brutalised Iraq for years, yet everyone seems to forget or conveniently turn the other way (just like a lot of people did at the start of WW2). At least we are able to express our opinions freely, without the fear of being tortured or killed, something the Iraqi people would probably love to be able to do. Let's get this job done and bring the troops back home.
Roger Pope, Bexleyheath, UK

I normally do not support the actions of the American government and to a lesser extent the diplomacy of the British. However I believe that whatever the objectives, hidden or otherwise, of the British and the Americans, the war can only bring goodness for the Iraqi people in the long run. I would be even happier if this type of operation is extended to all the dictatorships in the Middle East.
Junior Barrack, Trinidad and Tobago

As an Iraqi, I welcome the images of the British and US troops entering the cities of my country and liberating the long oppressed Iraqis. The splendour of the two palaces shown in contrast with the surrounding squalor the Iraqis are left to live in, is only the tip of the iceberg. I am sure as more cities are liberated the extent of the catastrophic and tyrannical rule of Saddam will be exposed even more. Thank you US and Britain for a job well done.
Lateef, Dublin, Ireland

Iraq's greatest weapon of mass destruction is doomed
Andrew Kenning, Kuwait
The stated objective of this war was to remove weapons of mass destruction from Iraq. Saddam is about to fall. Iraq's greatest weapon of mass destruction is doomed.
Andrew Kenning, Kuwait

I am an American and I detest the way that those in power are handling world politics. I was front and centre on September 11 and the only person I can remember who had the luxury of going into his hiding hole is George Bush. Where was our protection Mr Bush? And where is Mr Cheney in all of this? I am an American and have to deal with the fact that I can no longer travel abroad. I am a prisoner to my country because of foreign policy dictated by the "top ten percent".
Mike, Los Angeles, USA

Winning the war was the easy part. Winning the peace will be extremely difficult. Iraq, an artificial state has always been a disparate mass of warring factions. It will be impossible to instigate a western form of democracy. Which Arab country is a true democracy? Too many old scores to be settled, Get those oil wells working, provide employment and give the people an immediate sign that the future will be bright and worth cooperating over, and the coalition will not stay longer than is necessary.
Nigel Harris, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

I believe that the current war in Iraq can only improve the situation in Iraq by removing a despotic leader. However, I think that the US and UK will have to release more of the intelligence they had before the war started on the WMD before they can win back the support of the UN Security Council members. However I believe that France, Germany and China were against the war for purely economic grounds. All three countries stand to lose out on contracts signed before the war and will lose out on any rebuilding that will be carried out. UK might only get a tiny piece of the rebuilding as well. I worked in Qatar before and during the first Gulf War and in Kuwait after the war.
A.J. Killeen, Hong Kong

So many innocent lives have been taken just for the sake of one man
Pierre Spiteri, Rabat, Malta
Name one Iraqi parent who wanted this liberation knowing that it was going to be at the expense of his children or immediate family. So many innocent lives have been taken just for the sake of one man.
Pierre Spiteri, Rabat, Malta

I think I am as conflicted about this war as I can possibly be. I was against it from the beginning. Now that the coalition has been so successful, I hope we get aid to the Iraqi people as soon as possible and we have the sensibility to leave as quickly as we can, without leaving them in the lurch like we have in Afghanistan.
Diana de Noyelles, Pasadena, CA, USA

I was delighted with the way the war was going until I saw a young Iraqi child in hospital with both his arms blown off and his parents dead. We may win this war but I will not be celebrating. Too many people have paid such a high price.
Pete, Manchester, UK

This was an unjust and unnecessary war, imposed by the world sole super power against a weak and small nation. Iraq has lost , Saddam is eliminated. The liberators will occupy the country militarily until a time suitable for US to install a regime fulfilling the interests of US and Israel. What frightens me most is , triggered by 9/11 terrorist incidence, this is just the beginning of a chain of "unholy" wars, occupations, liberations and manipulations until the whole Muslim world is subordinated and tamed.
Safiurrehman, Hong Kong

The British and American forces have proven they are the best on earth. They will never have complete satisfaction because I doubt the rest of the world will let there be a happy ending.
Rick Barker, San Jose, CA USA

There's going to be an awful lot of people who owe Tony Blair and George Bush an apology
Roy McCrerey, Atlanta, USA
The way this war is shaping up, when it's all said and done - there's going to be an awful lot of people who owe Tony Blair and George Bush an apology. It will be very interesting to see if any "anti-war" people will have the guts to admit they were wrong (just as they were in the last Gulf War).
Roy McCrerey, Atlanta, USA

I'm frightened that the aggressions on Iraq is only one step in a chain of wars which America wants to start. How can aggression stop aggression? War on terror is a contradiction in itself. War never really solves any problems (there are maybe some exceptions). But nobody will prove to me that this war is justified.
Bahram Nikpur, Hamburg, Germany

To Bahram Nikpur, Aggression does stop aggression, remember Cambodia (PolPot ousted by the Vietnamese), Uganda (idi Amin ousted by the Tanzanians) the list goes on and on. But most importantly remember WW2. If it wasn't for a British/American act of aggression, today we would all be praising Hitler and there would be no Jews left on the planet. Let us never ever forget.
David Leigh, Brussels, Blegium

What frightens me is the free people in this world supporting the regime of Saddam. The sickness that runs through the Iraqi regime is demoralising and inhumane. While many countries have chosen to shut the blinds and turn the other way, I am proud to be from a country that is willing to keep the blinds open. There will be better days ahead for the people of Iraq who long for freedom and a life without fear of a horrible regime.
Lee, Branford, USA

America's fighting men and women want freedom for the Iraqi people
Jeffersonne, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
America's fighting men and women want freedom for the Iraqi people. We want nothing less than a guaranteed bill of rights, based on the US Bill of Rights, in their constitution! Nothing else will do. We are fighting and dying for Iraqi Freedom and we want them to have their freedom.
Jeffersonne, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

A question for Mr Blair: When did you get the idea to free the Iraqi people? When Mr Bush suggested it or did you toy with the idea for years? Another question: you have dragged our nation thus far into the mire against the approval of the UN. The American 'think tanks' are already talking about attacking other countries to 'liberate' them also. Are you going to go along with every plan they have or there will there be a day when you'd have to say: "thus far I have supported you but no more". That day will come.
AG, Paris, France

I grieve for the innocent
Magawa, Freiburg, Germany
It tore my heart apart to see pictures of injured and killed children. Why is such a high price being paid for one man? Why couldn't better methods to be found to avoid the shattering of human life? I grieve for the innocent. I hope this war ends soon to save more lives!
Magawa, Freiburg, Germany

To Magawa, Freiburg, Germany: When you discover a better way to remove evil, let me know. Until then, your essential 'goodness' is being used against you by a tyrannical despot who has happily presided over the destruction of his country just so he, Saddam Hussein, can remain in power one more day. Violence is how men control other men. Tough medicine, but I know of no other way to deal with the self-deluded. Everything else is dithering.
Michael Rhodes, White Rock, BC, Canada

I didn't want the US to go into this war, but we did. Now that we have, I believe we must finish it or else we leave the Iraqis worse off than they were before. What worries me now is what active role the US will play in crafting the new government there. How will we contribute to (or take away from) each Iraqi's desire to live well, regardless of his/her ethnicity, religion or gender? How do we avoid playing a role in the creation of a new Saddam Hussein?
Paula, Jefferson City, USA

I think it's pretty hilarious that the Iraqi media and politicians continue to claim that they're winning or will win. When your capital city gets bombed nightly, isn't that obvious you're losing? Isn't that supposed to be the LAST place your enemy can get to?
Gordon Silliker, USA

Today, we support Saddam Hussein
Amnah, Pakistan
Today, we support Saddam Hussein (and the Iraqi people),not because of his past but for the fact that he is fighting for freedom for his land and because he is the one standing firm against the American and British evil. The Americans are only oppressors, they don't even know the meaning of humanity, not to talk of human ethics. The government of the USA is devoid of all moral values.
Amnah, Pakistan

Iraq is beautiful country with old culture, educated people, natural sources. To be fortunate Iraqis need only the freedom. Americans and coalition give them big opportunity for the future. It is worth such huge cost.
Jacek Makowski, Warsaw, Poland

I am appalled at the situation of ordinary Iraqis, who must be terrified by this onslaught. I cannot believe that we have been compromised by the Americans into assaulting this country and inflaming the anger of other Arab states. Instead of feeling more secure, I am fearful of what will follow. I think that the basic barbarism at the heart of this and any war, cannot be dressed up in Bush's heroic language. How could anyone living in Baghdad be convinced that the bombing of their homes and families was for their benefit?
Judith Merriman, Leicester

So many people form their opinions on the basis of the deliberate misinformation and speculation
L M Sousa, London
What's really frightening about this whole crisis is watching how so many people form their opinions on the basis of the deliberate misinformation and speculation on the part of the 'coalition of the willing' and their media lackeys, and how quickly the goal post of motives for war keep changing. I was amazed for instance to see that the remains of what are more than likely to be 200 army personnel from the Iraq/Iran war was headlined as evidence of Saddam's death factory, before any sort of investigation has taken place. The whole thing is a shambolic disaster, and I'm no longer proud to be British.
L M Sousa, London, UK

If Afghanistan is an indication of what a post war Iraq is going to be I am very worried. I hope the administration is as dedicated to nation building as they were to the war.
Glen, India

The one thing that unites everyone who had commented in this forum is the freedom to air their views whether they are pro or anti this war. That, as is becoming clearer every passing day of this campaign, is a freedom that the Iraqi people simply didn't have. I hope, if nothing else comes out of this war, that they will now have the freedom to say whatever they want even if it is to regret the passing of Saddam.
Chris Bleach, Halifax, England

The palaces are a monument to Saddam's selfishness and conceit
Regina Harty-Allen, Chicago
I personally preferred a peaceful resolution to this conflict. However, having witnessed the deceitful ways of the Iraqi regime, specifically the statements from the Information Minister, I can fully understand now that the Iraqi people have been mislead and treated as subservient idiots. Further intensifying my belief that Saddam could not be dealt with in a logical, peace-abiding manner is the discovery of approximately one hundred bags or boxes of bones by our British allies. The palaces are a monument to Saddam's selfishness and conceit, proof to all that while he lived in splendour from Iraq's oil money, most others lived in poverty and squalor. Good riddance Saddam. Long live the free people of Iraq!
Regina Harty-Allen, Chicago, Illinois USA

After reading comments from Arabs and Muslims from around the world who support Saddam and are anti-USA, I say, they deserve the likes of Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and the Ayatollahs. If they love that type of leadership, let them have them. Good riddance and keep our troops home and alert.
Tom E., Dallas, USA

It seems to me, that many of the people commenting here have missed the point. Does it really matter whether Saddam Hussein is a brutal dictator or not? The ultimate question is whether the United States and the UK have the right to invade another sovereign country. It also appears that the claims of WMD was simply a ploy used to invade. Should the US and the UK succeed in "liberating" Iraq, who will be next? What if other countries began to operate in this way? It is clear what a disaster that would be. The US is already making noises about the fact that maybe the WMD have been sent to Syria. Are they next? If so, where will the process stop?
Angela, Vancouver, Canada

We're finally finishing what we started in 1991
David Smith, Illinois, USA
We're finally finishing what we started in 1991. For the past 12 years we had to waste jet fuel on a no fly zone and frustration on games with UN inspectors. Now Saddam is finally going to be removed from power. Unfortunately it may have taken quite a few US and British soldiers' lives only because we waited too long to finish this.
David Smith, Illinois, USA

I don't condone war in any way but I feel privileged that I live in a country that is prepared to act in the name of democracy & freedom which has allowed my generation and my children's generations to have the life we have today. I am also grateful to those generations who gave their lives when this country was under threat of being over-run by past dictators.
Tom McRae, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

The most fascinating aspect of the war has been watching the Iraqi information minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahaf give his news briefings. If he is a sample of the regime in Baghdad then it is time to liberate the country.
Chris, Bracknell, UK

We have been discussing the war in our BBC World Service phone-in programme, Talking Point.

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23 March
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