Fourteen civilian deaths at a busy Baghdad market may have been the result of US air raid, says Central Command.
What's your view on the way the war is unfolding?
This is an eighth page of your comments.
The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received:
I do not support this war. The British and Americans are talking about humanitarian aid being needed urgently, but was there a water and food shortage before they went into Basra? It is a shame that the Iraqis have been reduced to inhuman beings. Now they have to fight for food when the so called humanitarian aid arrives.
Illegal, unjust, immoral war. The fact that our troops are on the ground does not affect my point of view on the slaughter against the Iraqis
David Moshman, London
I believe that this war is nothing more than a continuation of the 1991 war with new objectives
Dermot Huton, Derry, Northern Ireland
Pre-emptively annihilating thousands of innocent civilians, Iraqi children, women, and the elderly, before Saddam Hussein can do so is an appalling justification for this war. Mr Blair, have the daring to stand up not only to authoritarian dictators, but also to democratic dictators and come back to the side of Europe and the world community.
Philippa, Strasbourg, France
I have seen some very alarming TV pictures of frenzied Iraqi civilians clamouring desperately for aid packages and water in southern Iraq.
There has to be some kind of procedure for deploying food aid - one that allows these people to maintain their dignity. While reeling from these images I suddenly realised why this disordered mob behaviour was prevalent - these people have no leaders amongst them.
There has to be a procedure for deploying food aid that allows people to maintain dignity
There were no religious or community leaders who could have distributed aid.
It's clear that any individual who has spoken up against Saddam in the last 30 years has been murdered or exiled. It is also a cause for concern since Democracy needs representatives and these people may be seriously lacking.
For those who think that this war is illegal:
Suppose that, based on some rudimentary intelligence information, one year before the 9/11 attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan, and thus, prevented the terrorist attacks. How would you have reacted to that invasion? I have no doubt that in the same way you react today. Now, ex-post, do you think that the US would have had the right to prevent the attacks by invading Afghanistan?
Now, think a little bit more about the war in Iraq, and not only about the Iraqi oil.
It is fairly easy to see how the US leadership could engage in this humanitarian catastrophe as it's easily led by narrow minded business managers like exHalliburton executive Dick Cheney. But what about the educated, intelligent leadership of Britain? By participating fully in this criminal invasion, against the will of the world community, Blair isolates himself from his most important European allies. A great leader would admit a mistake and pull out, and not keep causing a lot of casualties in a country where people for too long has suffered too much
When all the fighting is over, and its 'clean-up' time, I just hope and pray, for the sake of all mankind, that the coalition forces produce hard evidence of WMDs - otherwise, there will be more than a lot of explaining to do! God (whatever your religion) help us all.
Alan Hall, UK
I applaud our military men and women for their courage, commitment, patriotism. I think it's sad some people in our country are selfish and close-minded, not realizing or caring what others go through just to live. As a nurse in Desert Storm, I saw what things Hussein and his military did to the Kuwaiti people and their country. It was appalling. Our military needs and deserves our full support. Those who dislike our country can always leave. I expect no one would though. They know they have it too good. They are very sad, cowardly people.
As a nurse in Desert Storm, I saw what things Hussein and his military did. It was appalling.
Mt. Juliet, USA
Mt. Juliet, USA
Let nobody forget that Saddam Hussein gassed people in his own country. He posed a massive threat to world peace and also individuals like him have no place in the international community. His regime will be over soon. Let us pay tribute to the people who have rid the world of this low-life.
Mr Downes, Herts, England
Isn't it a paradox to kill innocent people to avoid them being killed by Saddam? And anyway, the USA are known to be the Nation with the most weapons of mass destruction in the world. Why doesn't anyone disarm America?
To those people who say that Bush and Blair are irresponsible, may I quote our greatest leader, Winston S Churchill - "Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong."
Winston S Churchill - "Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong."
We all know that Saddam is evil, and that USA and British are Angels to the people of Iraq. But it is a common saying that a known devil is better than unknown angel. It will take some time before someone starts trusting the new liberators; however it is not worth a wait! It is not worth after sacrificing thousands of lives.
I feel so sad for Iraqi people after this cruel and unjustified war thrown by Mr Bush. Bush has no right to declare someone else as a terrorist, because his state is a big terrorist itself which is killing so many innocent people. Shame on America.
Amaan Hundal, Indiana, USA
I applaud Bush and especially Blair for doing what they know is right, while others are ready to stab them in the back. If you forget all the propaganda that comes out the Arab world and the West, you can look at recent history and see that the US and Britain do not have a history of aggression against helpless nations. A quick look at Saddam's resume will have your stomach churning. Iraq and the world will be a better place without him.
Chris, New York, USA
The war is a very bad thing. We have experience of civil war here in Mozambique. Nothing justifies the war. This war in Iraq is not for the over throw of Saddam's regime, but to have a world economic monopoly. This war will increase those problems between USA and world.
This war in Iraq is not for the over throw of Saddam's regime, but to have a world economic monopoly
Nelson JEQUE, Maputo-Mozambique
Nelson JEQUE, Maputo-Mozambique
I am sensing that world opinion is becoming almost as confused as the reasons for this war. Are we trying to disarm Iraq? Is regime change the main objective? Is it personal? (Saddam, you and your sons have 48 hours to leave the country.) The question 'what happens next?' still remains. Do the coalition forces seriously believe that they will continue to be loved by Arabs who see their continued (for it will surely continue) occupation of Arab territory? Time will tell, but the outlook is as bleak as the acrid skies over Baghdad today.
Guy Smith, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Susan from Yorkshire calls on us to back "our boys", but the reality is that they're professional soldiers who choose to be there. Unlike the civilians they're killing in an unjust war. UK and US soldiers are committing a crime against humanity, and I wish they'd stand trial for it. Following orders is not an excuse.
Philip Hampshire, London
I have Iranian background, for 8 years my nation suffered for an unjust war that was imposed on us by the Iraqi president. We all hate Saddam but unfortunately Americans are making him a hero. Soon, a criminal that should have been tried for his crimes against humanity would be considered as a big hero who stood up for his country and fought with Americans and British forces. Its a pity. Saddam must go but war is not the way to remove him.
We all hate Saddam but unfortunately Americans are making him a hero
Arvand Owji, Iranian in Canada
Arvand Owji, Toronto, Canada
A war unsanctioned by the UN rages on. Innocent civilians are dying in their numbers. It breaks my heart to know that amidst all of this, the UN Secretary General has not bothered to call for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops as his office obliges him to do. How can he claim the chair?
Innocent people being killed in Iraq is a sad result of the current conflict, but this pales in comparison to the 5000 plus Kurds killed by Hussein's Gas attacks, and all the others that have fallen due to his evil. Did those people deserve that end? We MUST eliminate the evil leaders that promote and carry out these crimes to the world. I praise and pray for the coalition forces and the innocent Iraqis fighting to rid themselves of Hussein and is regime.
Anyone who is not supportive of the coalition troops in this war, should be ashamed of themselves. The anti-war protesters are an embarrassment to each country who has sent their own flesh and blood into this war, in order to free the innocent people of Iraq. Everyone against this war has apparently forgotten their very own freedom, and the fact that FREEDOM does not come for free. If you do not support the troops, then you are in direct support of Saddam.
God Bless the coalition troops. I pray for you and I support you and your efforts 110%.
If you do not support the troops, then you are in direct support of Saddam
Kyle, Detroit, Michigan USA
Where were the credible alternatives to war? Inaction and more inspections? Come on. I wanted to believe in a peaceful solution and am uncomfortable with the war, but in most letters of protest the loss of life is mourned but little in the way of alternative solutions are offered. We need to offer constructive alternatives. I don't believe lie in relying on UN members with their labyrinthian motives and vetoes.
I feel rather cynical about the American intention of bringing democracy and freedom to the Iraqi people. They have set many bad examples of bringing democracy to other nations, particularly when it is done through the means of force. Chile, Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo in the past support my view.
We would be much better off in my view without a war.
Mai The Anh,
Bussum, The Netherlands
Americans have once again shown that they're a primitive people. I still remember how they used to sign the bombs dropped on Serbia "Happy Easter" and "How does it feel to be a Serb now?". Their bombs, full of DU, didn't accomplish much (except a $30 billion in damages and 5,000 killed civilians).
Now the same thing in Iraq. Are Americans and some English on drugs to believe they're gonna be welcome by Iraqi people? That's like someone coming to bomb the heck out of US cities to "oust Bush".
American ignorance is beyond comprehension.
American ignorance is beyond comprehension
There has been a lot of talk about the US violating international law. Yet the same people who are so outraged feel no revulsion over Iraq's gross violations of international law, especially in the area of human rights. It is very clear that the US, along with the UK and other countries, are enforcing international laws, not violating them. Without enforcement, international law is meaningless.
My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson, warned that such entanglements with the Middle East were ill-advised and would involve us in perpetual war to the detriment of the United States. Would that Mr. Bush were a better student of history. These are days of shame for the United States and Great Britain.
Marla Randolph Stevens, Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Perhaps I am too much a student of history, but I can not recall any other time when the conquest of an entire nation cost so few lives. More people die when a train derails than have so far been killed in this entire action. Has everyone forgotten the bombings of London, Dresden, Berlin, Stalingrad, Tokyo? WW II cost 60 million dead. Yes, every death matters, it matters very much. Each person is irreplaceable. On the other hand, there is a murder in the world every 2 seconds. In the time it's taken me to write this, more people have died elsewhere than have died so far as a direct action of the war in Iraq.
I can not recall any other time when the conquest of an entire nation cost so few lives
Jeffrey, Boise, Idaho, USA
Jeffrey, Boise, Idaho, USA
Freedom has a price. You don¿t win a war without suffering losses. Anyway, compare the Americans, that try not to kill civilians, with the Iraqis, who put their guns and ammunitions in the hospitals.
Valdis Grinsteins, São Paulo, Brazil
It seems strange to me that a bomb dropped in daylight missed its target by such a long way. I know that not every bomb will hit exactly, but to actually miss by so much? Given Saddam's past track record is it not possible that he ordered the bombing of the market? If you think about it it would have exactly the effect on his population, and the rest of the world, that he's wanting. Outrage from everywhere against his enemies. Putting some fire into the collective Iraqi peoples bellies. A desperate man doing desperate things to hold onto power.
James Salt, Manchester, England
What about all the severely injured kids, women, and men (all civilians) in the Iraqi hospitals? The American public is not aware of the extent of the damage on Iraqi civilians, because those type of images aren't shown on American TV.
Shoaib, New York City
No Bush, no war. We think that the deaths in Iraq are dying for a lost cause. These deaths are useless because when Bush decides something he does it, he doesn't care about world opinion. Our Prime Minister agrees with the war because he wants petrol and building contracts in Iraq. We hope that the war will end as soon as possible.
The deaths in Iraq are dying for a lost cause
Albert i Raquel,
Albert i Raquel,
Afghanistan, Iraq...Who's next on the list? It's very easy to justify invading a country in a war against "terror". It's a war against an idea. It can be used as an excuse to do just about anything. What happens if there are no "weapons of mass destruction" found - a letter of apology?
In regards to the treatment of prisoners of war: I don't condone undue force used for any reason on either side of this conflict, yet I do understand that the captors have to be cautious of their prisoners. People on both sides have been taught to never give up and to be watching for opportunities... to escape, to attack, to undermine authority. Keeping prisoners on their knees in an open pen may seem inhumane...but it's preferable to allowing them to converse and plan actions that would cause more death or injury. This is war and the rules of everyday life don't always apply.
So, if elections are held in Iraq, what will the United States and G.B. do if the Iraqis opt for a radical Muslim government?
Stephen, New York, US
Now that voices of millions have gone unheeded in the UK the US and the rests of the world, and hundreds of innocent people are dying it is time to make them pay for their recklessness by voting them out of the office in the next elections. This war is unjustified and it is upsetting for fair minded people.
Shame on Blair and Bush.
This war is unjustified and it is upsetting for fair minded people
Having been oppressed all my life I understand the hatred that people have for the West, however I think that we should all just learn to live together in peace. My dad used to say 'Don't trust white people' but we all need to move beyond that into a new era of peace.
Murali Goulguri, Manchester
This is the new way we must handle this new threat. Take the battle to them and send the message, it will come at great cost to defeat freedom loving people. All you peaceniks must search history to see there is not one country ever that did not have to fight for the right to exist. Get your heads out of the sand and defend your so rights which were paid for by people who took the good fight to the enemy. We shall not live in fear. We shall over come!
Jesse Limon, Northridge USA
The war against the people of Iraq is now lost. The Anglo-American forces will never be able to be viewed as liberators and the bluff from the Bush and Blair camp is now obvious and in the open. Let the soldiers return home, and let us cut the losses. If Bush and Blair want to fight more, let them fly down to the Gulf and do it themselves.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It took us 2,194 days of war to rid ourselves of Adolph Hitler. Should we not now be a little more patient about progress and leave it to our generals to rid ourselves of this latest menace?
John McDermott, Shipston-on-Stour
I've read a lot of comments from people justifying the loss of civilian life by saying it's less than would die if Saddam is allowed to remain in power. My question to these people is "how many is too many" - at what point does the loss of civilian life become unacceptable? Is it 100, 1000, 10,000, 1,000,000? As far as I'm concerned, one is too many and no human life should be dismissed in such a blasé manner.
At what point does the loss of civilian life become unacceptable?
Phil Arundell, Pontefract, UK
Phil Arundell, Pontefract, UK
Whatever peoples' views on this war, it is the right thing that Saddam Hussein, and his regime and his WMD, be overt thrown and destroyed, for the good of the people of Iraq and for the good of the world! War is horrible, but casualties - whether military or civilian, are a consequence of war. People cannot expect not to have to make sacrifices in order to secure peace. Good luck to our boys and girls out there who are trying to make the world a better and more peaceful place.
Mark , Dublin, Ireland
No matter how it is, where it is or what noble cause it is for, is,'conscience can ever support a war. Yes we do need a war, only against decay and destruction.
It is ironic that the only people using weapons of mass destruction are the Americans and British. These weapons allow them to kill hundreds of Iraqi troops whose only crime is defending their country and honour. They do so with small guns against a coward invading force they cannot even see; that rains massive bombs down from the sky. Shame on you USA and Britain.
Kilaan Schoeman, Milton Keynes
Can we not get behind our lads a little more. It must be bad enough that these troops are away from their families without having to watch people in their own country not wanting to support them, for goodness sake how do you think it makes them feel? My only hope is that when all this is over the protestors realise it was the only way to go.
My only hope is that when all this is over the protestors realise it was the only way to go
Susan, Yorkshire, England
Susan, Yorkshire, England
Before the war I was not sure exactly how I felt. Now I know I want the job to be done, Saddam overthrown, the people of Iraq allowed to run their own affairs and tangible evidence of the existence and means to deliver of the banned weapons that this war is all about!
Ray Andrews, Woking, Surrey
I think this is a war for oil and not for freedom for Iraqis, because Tony Blair and George bush are extremely ignorant and don't give a damn who gets killed as long as there not in the front line. America has no right to take control of a country that they do not own. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Ann Rosser, Bromyard England
We hear and read an awful lot about the efforts the allies are making to avoid civilian casualties, all very noble and worthy. However, the hundreds of civilian deaths now occurring would not have happened without the invasion of Iraq by the US and Britain. Just because the civilian casualties are not desired does not alter the fact that they are dead!
I believe the war is being fought for the right reasons. However, I am very annoyed to see pictures firstly of US personnel whooping at the launch of a cruise missile from one of their ships, and secondly, US troops cheering when a shoulder launched rocket blows up a building occupied by Iraqi's firing at them. Where is the direction from their commanders? It is people's lives being lost and they're cheering?
Jason Adams, Bristol, England
I was sitting in the pub the other night with the TV showing coverage of Britain invading a foreign country and I wondered if this was how ordinary Germans felt as they sat in bars in Germany in 1938/39 while their armies invaded foreign countries. The German people were later blamed for supporting the Nazis. I wonder how history will treat me and the other people sitting drinking beer while our armies became the invaders.
Whatever the situation in Iraq, and whatever the reasons behind this war, the US and the UK have, in choosing to invade a country without the backing of the UN and the international community in general, set a dangerous precedent. International law and the legitimacy of the UN have been totally undermined, and the gravity of this should not be underestimated.
International law and the legitimacy of the UN have been totally undermined
Rachel, Brussels, Belgium
Rachel, Brussels, Belgium
As I watch the American missiles raining down on Baghdad with about 6 million inhabitants I couldn't help wondering how top civilized nations like the US and Britain could bring themselves so low to the level of terrorist gangs like Al-Qaider. What, for Heavens sake, is the difference between Mr Bush and the perpetrators of 9/11 attacks? None at all. Both have total disregard for human lives.
Some writers to this forum suggest that opposing the Iraqi war is supporting Saddam, which I don't. I oppose the choice of war for being disproportional to the threat that Saddam is to the world. There are less expensive and destructive ways to change a regime without sacrificing the very same people to be liberated. The USA employed them successfully in the past but maybe the leaders and strategists of the past were not of a fanatical nature.
Artur, South Africa
US and Britain will never achieve their targets for this war, they'll never understand what Arabs and Muslims really think and believe of them. Because of long decades of British colonization for most of our countries, American double standards and long ignoring of Arab and Palestine rights, there is indestructible belief inside every one of the incredibility of these countries, no one believe anything they say or do, long dark history events taught us that British and Americans (or Israelis, because for us America and Israel are the same) have been always invaders.
Mohamed Abdallah, Kuwait City
When you start killing the people you are trying to save, there is something wrong. It is time for a rethink. No more accidents are acceptable, Mr Blair. How would you react if it was your children killed in that market? There must be ways of empowering an uprising without this bombing.
No more accidents are acceptable, Mr Blair
Emma Jones, Wiltshire
Shorten the war, minimise troop and civilian casualties, by using the smart technology (e-bombs) that could neutralise the Iraqi military completely. As the war progress at the current rate there is a danger of increasing civilian casualties by accidents such as the one today, and turning the civilian populace against the coalition forces, and so prolonging the war even further and endangering coalition troops. The longer the use of these weapons is delayed, and the war drags on, it is likely to spill over into other Arab states.
H Logan, Alloa, Scotland
Given the number of "Friendly Fire" incidents I think the low number of civilians killed and injured is amazing. After this war the UN must scour Iraq for WMD. If none are found then Bush and Blair should be prosecuted.
Its easy for people sitting at home to be critical of the methods and morality of the Iraq war, but this is only because our war over oppression was won by soldiers as brave as the ones we see at work on our screens some time ago. Good luck to all who fight to protect those freedoms at home and abroad.
Alan Gregory, Midlands UK
The coalition will undoubtedly prevail. The firepower is amazing. But the truth is that you may kill the enemy but you cannot kill hatred. My post war expectations are very pessimistic.
You may kill the enemy but you cannot kill hatred
Having spent a number of years recently living in or close to the Middle East and the Arab world, I find it amazing that intelligent and informed world leaders are blundering into a situation that is only going to sow the seeds of greater resentment amongst the populations of the region which will not be without its consequences. I often wonder what it is that the US and UK embassy staff are telling their masters or how much they have been allowed to inform them.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Is this how the US and coalition forces try to liberate Iraqi people? By killing them by the hundreds, leaving them without legs and arms and by destroying their houses? Shame on you Mr. Blair and Mr Bush, for these unspeakable actions. Shame on everyone who supports them and their governments. Shame on the pilots who dropped the bombs in the middle of Baghdad and killed all these innocent people.
My country was bombed too and we are free now. Some nations are enslaved for so long that they need help from the outside to remember how to fight for freedom. Keep on the good work and liberate people of Iraq too. God bless America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Adam, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
Everybody talks about the casualties among the US and British troops and Iraqi civilians, but nobody talks about how many Iraqi soldiers have died in the war. People forget that Iraqi soldiers are also somebody's husbands, sons, and fathers. The more Iraqi soldiers die in the conflict the more hatred and resistance there will be towards the US presence in the country, no matter how good the US intentions are. This factor should not be underestimated.
Nobody talks about how many Iraqi soldiers have died in the war
I truly think that the US and UK are not actually helping to make the world a better and safer place, as they are claiming. But in fact they are foolishly opening on us the biggest hornet's nest. If we invade and they could conduct terror acts...the world won't be a safer place to live in then...
Ozzy Schmiteson, Boston, USA
The war was the only option. Thank goodness for men of vision (Bush and Blair) and courage (coalition forces)
John Gregory, New Zealand
Public approval in the US for the war has grown since the start of it. However, the Americans don't realise what war is, as they never had war on their own soil. I wonder what the public approval rate would be then...
David Desmet, Brussels, Belgium
The war is now getting very vulgar indeed. On TV we are offered the spectacle of war, rather like a war movie and people are watching it as if it is a video game of which they will get bored very soon. For the combatants and the affected people it is a private horror.
New Delhi, India
We're a NATO member and have a traditional alliance with US. But this war is illegal from our point of view. This war is not about freedom, this is about Saddam and oil fields and even the most western oriented people in Turkey is supporting the Iraqi people (not Saddam) who are fighting for their homeland. Because we know the pain and determination to fight for you're homeland, after the First Word War.
The people of Iraq have lived a suppressive life under the rule of Mr. Saddam Hussein. However, it is the only life they know. This I believe is the true problem. The people will have a very difficult time adapting to their new freedom when Saddam is gone. In addition, many Iraqis will be frightened to change.
The people will have a very difficult time adapting to their new freedom when Saddam is gone
Ryan De Alwis, Ankara, Turkey
As we gain control of the southern region of Iraq and the Umm Qasr Port. Would it be possible to get the Iraqi people, residing in the UK to go and help their countrymen back on their feet? Protected naturally by our troops who are fighting and dying for their freedom. This would speed up the process of delivering aid and less people would die.
War is sometimes a necessary evil. I personally believe that there is one condition that satisfies this war. In which situation will more people die? In a relatively quick war that seeks to avoid civilian casualties, or in no war, and allowing Saddam free rein to do what he wants with his country, including allegedly gassing of innocents and killing those who dare to oppose him. Therein lies your answer.
Mike, Croydon, UK
I think that the war is wrong because people are getting killed and some have kids or their young. BUT I wish all the luck to the troops and I think there the bravest people in the world. Good luck.
Kate B and Charli M (aged 14), England
I can really sympathise with the conflict some of the Iraqi people must be feeling right now. Yes Saddam's regime is evil and I'm sure the majority of Iraqis would be glad to see the back of him.
The USA and Britain have tried to justify the war on the grounds that Iraqi possesses weapons of mass destruction. Most people around the world perceive the assertions as too far-fetched. I hope after the war is over, the chemical and biological weapons will eventually be 'fished out' from the very clandestine place Saddam has stockpiled them.
What will happen to the reputation of the two countries if the hypothesis turns out to be wrong?
The multitudes of people across the globe who are protesting against the war are managing to do so because their government grants them the freedom to do so. If they were Iraqis, would they be so vocal against Saddam?
Masiiwa Chisango, Harare, Zimbabwe
I feel the war in Iraq is primarily a moral question. There is NO moral high ground in this war. But what would you rather choose? War (which is wrong) or ignore the people of Iraq (even more wrong). I think war is bad but in this case I feel it is the LESS of two evils.
Neil, Milton Keynes
The continual reporting of 'serious Iraqi resistance' and whether the coalition forces will withstand the injuries and deaths of their soldiers in action is so over hyped to the point of being ridiculous! I'm sure everyone regrets all deaths and injuries to all combatants and non-combatants on both sides of the action - but get it into perspective please! It's unlikely to be TV pictures which demoralise and worry people but the reporting of Iraqi resistance as being overly serious.
As this war plays out on television, I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the media coverage. I am still anti-war in view of the facts thus far, but I feel that it is becoming more difficult to be behind our troops, whilst still feeling convinced that this war has been, and still is, the wrong course of action.
Gary , Sheffield, UK
The world must realize that there is no more room for ruthless dictators like Saddam. We can't afford any Hitler's in the 21st Century. Am disappointed with France, Russia, Germany. Saddam must go.
Lt. Andrew Bakibinga, Kampala, Uganda
I know how devastating war can be. It is damaging psychologically and can cause intolerable suffering. But I do feel the coalition is justified in waging war against the Iraqi dictatorship. My only hope and wish is for the war to end quickly. But by the look of things, this is not about to happen despite assurances of the coalition commanders, so, shouldn't other strategies be tried?
I know how devastating war can be. It is damaging psychologically and can cause intolerable suffering
Faustin K. Lukwaya, Rwanda
Faustin K. Lukwaya, Kigali , Rwanda
The war is important in giving Iraq and the Iraqi's their freedom and ending the reign of terror Saddam Hussein has brought upon them. War is always hard to say whether it is right or wrong but we should back our forces with our thoughts and prayers and hope for it end quickly so that peace can be restored to the world.
I'm glad that there are countries like the USA, Britain and Australia. They make the world a safer place. It is wrong that it is always the same boys and girls that have to do the job.
Nobody likes war but when I have to choose between peace or human rights and world security. I choose the latter. These are fundamental values for long term Peace.
My wife is Iranian. And if the U.S.A and indeed the UK invaded Iran in the same illegalI way as they have invaded Iraq, then I would not give a second thought to fleeing to Iran and fighting for the Iranian people. This whole affair is really a violation of the UN policy. President Bush is no different than any other 'tyrant' in this world.
Michael Neill, United Kingdom
It amazes us in New York City that 9/11 is forgotten so soon. Nobody likes war, but hard choices must be made to secure the free world's safety. It seems that the peaceniks would have the world live as Northern Ireland have done for far too long; under constant terrorist threat, which resulted from a feckless policy. Living in constant fear dilutes the essence of our freedoms, and forcefully removing regimes that threaten our future safety is a move in the right direction. As such, I thank the troops and the president for having the courage to make the tough choice.
New York, USA
I have a question for Mr Blair and Bush. What if the next Iraqi leader decided to become another Saddam in time? Do you think that bombarding a country and destroying it will achieve your aims? Those children now hearing the bombardments and witnessing the blast will never think positively about the US and UK. I think when the two leaders decided to invade Iraq they didn't think about the next generation of the Arab world who may become psychologically affected to hate the US and UK.
It is disappointing to see that the majority of people who oppose the action in Iraq, didn't make their voices heard when Saddam gassed innocent Kurdish civilians. Good luck to the British and American
lads out there and here's hoping for a safe return.
I was at home watching the news showing the first raid on Baghdad. As each missile came in and a small mushroom cloud rose from the impact sites I knew somewhere in that dreadful scene, people were dying. I sat in my comfortable room with a cup of coffee beside me as the most powerful nation in the world demonstrated its ability to devise and deliver ever more precise forms of lethal force. So yes my blood ran cold and the tears ran.
I am deeply pessimistic that the US and UK forces will become embroiled in a long drawn out guerrilla war
What makes me angry is the stupidity and hypocrisy being exhibited by our political leaders. Stupidity in thinking that the entirely military apparatus of Iraq would simply evaporate as US forces strolled over the border. I am deeply pessimistic that the US and UK forces will become embroiled in a long drawn out guerrilla war in the towns which as it drags on it will allow Saddam to become a symbol for other Arab and Muslim countries and a focus for anti-western feeling. Inevitably this would lead to more and more suffering for ordinary people across the region.
I am ashamed to be part of a country that is leading the world into a immoral and unjust war. Is oil really more important than the lives of innocent civilians?
Claire Dawson, Southwold, England
I support our prime minister 100% and hope that all the allied forces return home safely.
As terrible as war is, people cannot continue to turn away and refuse to stand up and be counted.
Iraq and the whole world will be a better place without Saddam Hussein in it. Come home safe boys
Rob Brinklow, Hemel Hempstead
Some say it is up to Saddam Hussein to surrender because lives are going to be lost. Are we really reasoning? Hussein has got all the rights to defend his country together with the citizens. It is very wrong for Blair and Bush to assume that they rule the whole world, even beyond the UN.
Moses Ochieng Onyango, Nairobi -Kenya
Bush and Blair, if you are saying that there are "biological weapons" then why is it none have been found yet with your billion dollar equipment, you are looking for excuses for "war" against a weaker nation. Greed has got the better of you both and you are killing innocent civilians. The Iraqi's are putting up a fight and good on them. If anyone invaded my home I would do the same.
Dying for politicians such as Bush and Blair is one wasted death, I feel for the Iraqi people the USA and British troops.
War is a terrible thing. However, to believe that because nothing has blown up post 9/11 that we are back in a time of peace is unrealistic. I hope this conflict can be settled with as little loss of life on both sides as possible and that the US, Britain and our allies can be true to their word in building a better Iraq that shines as a beacon of hope in the region. I pray that I am not being unrealistic.
Thomas J. Duff, Wakefield Ma. USA
As someone from the continent that is the home of dictators, Africa, I somehow got persuaded by the need to remove Saddam with force to give the Iraqis back their freedom. However, I have increasingly become more despondent and rather irritated by the sheer arrogance of the Americans and the British. America appears to have this arrogant belief that their lives worth more than anyone else - they have completely failed to understand how the world works.
Musa bah, UK/Gambian
Now that the war has started we must see it through. We must continue for as long as it takes until the regime is no more and Iraq can be handed back to its people. We have no alternative but to finish the job because not to do so would send the wrong message to like minded nations and the world would be a more dangerous place as a result.
We must continue for as long as it takes until the regime is no more and Iraq can be handed back to its people
Shaun, Wimborne, UK
I was opposed to the war. I continue to be opposed to the war. It makes me even more upset to think that the military strategy may be based in large part on a political outcome, i.e., Iraqi people turning against Saddam and turning toward the US/UK forces. The Iraqi people may hate Saddam, but I find it hard to believe that they would think Bush is their friend, either. If there is to be any hope that the Iraqis will surrender to the "coalition" forces, I would strongly suggest that George Bush shut up and Tony Blair keep talking.
Randy Commissaris, Plymouth, Michigan USA
What a disgrace, a regime which is supposed to promote freedom is attacking the solidarity of another.
In my not-so-long-ago youth I was constantly reassured by statements of the currently attacking regimes that they only promote peace, unity, equality and freedom. Time after time the naive beliefs were shattered.
I am a member of a generation which was taught that humans are peaceful and just. Neither of these conditions are met by our leaders.
I guess I'll have to keep on dreaming.
Love your government or hate your government there are few people who will not defend their own country from invasion. Unfortunately, the freedom many Iraqi people are likely to receive is that of the grave.
James Scobbie, Scotland
The destruction of Saddam Hussein's connection with his people - the television and radio broadcasting capabilities - should be as high a priority as the destruction of the buildings associated with Hussein's power. Saddam holds a charismatic control of his people, much like Hitler did with the youth of Germany in the 1930s. We need to target that connection.
The destruction of Saddam Hussein's connection with his people - television and radio - should be a high a priority
Lisa, St Maries, Idaho, USA
Lisa, St Maries, Idaho, USA
Why did the Americans and the British leave Saddam in power for all these years, when they could have removed him during Desert Storm? I believe the Americans and the British will be the losers of this war since their ruthless will to kill innocent people is being met with an extraordinary resistance.
Saddam is bad but Bush is worse. The Iraqis prefer Saddam to Bush. It took Saddam more than 20 years to earn his reputation. It has taken Bush less than two years.
A Rana, London, UK
Only now the public is beginning to see the folly in this war exercise. This is a long hard road our leaders have undertaken.
The reason why the US does not bring down other dictators or tyrants regimes is because they don't have oil to pay for rebuilding their nations after being destroyed by coalition bombardment. And thus it is evident that the objective of the allies is to boost their own suffering economies by winning massive contracts for rebuilding Iraq. So first they will cause destruction at the price of the blood of innocent Iraqis and then rebuild it at the price of their oil. Bush and Blair become heroes while countless Iraqis get buried for the cause of a liberation that the majority of the world never wanted to happen.
Bush and Blair become heroes while countless Iraqis get buried for the cause of a liberation that the majority of the world never wanted
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The war is definitely an unwanted one. When America tells India constantly that it should have talks with Pakistan for peace and not war, why didn't Bush do the same with Iraq or Afghanistan? This shows his brutal attitude.
I believe we misheard what the US wants. Was it "freedom" or a "free market"?
Charles, London, UK
I only wanted war under the UN auspices. However, it has started and I am resigned to its end. Too many have perished already. It cannot be stopped, so let it end quickly. And for the record I support our troops, God bless them.
It cannot be stopped, so let it end quickly
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Are we really liberating or invading Iraq? I'm not arguing that Saddam is not bad or hasn't done bad things in the past and will do them again. But I have a hard time seeing US troops take down an Iraqi flag as they roll through towns to put up a US one. And also I have a hard time knowing that US companies already have right to Iraqi oil. Having been born in a communist country, I thought propaganda was bad there, it is nothing comparing to what I'm seeing form US Media now.
Seattle, Wa, USA
As far as I am concerned the outright invasion of Iraq is a breach of international law and the unfortunate reversion of the world into a neo colonialist status. Another point of concern is this overused and exaggerated phrase of "weapons of mass destruction". The only country in the world known to use these weapons against another state is US. If Bush wants to talk about weapons of mass destruction why doesn't he speak about the atrocities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? US are bare hypocrites.
The only country in the world known to use these weapons against another state is US
Natalie S, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Natalie S, Port of Spain, Trinidad
World War II proved that evil can be defeated! Freedom has never been free, but life without it, is no life at all!
David S. Richards,
Fort Wayne, In. USA
I believe that the USA fell into the trap of a Middle East version of Vietnam.
Dan, Elkins Park, USA
I would just like to write to say how glad I am to see us finally doing something to make this world a safer place. Although I do believe this should have been sorted in 1991 I'm very happy to see us end Saddam's regime. I would like to show my support for Bush, Blair and most importantly the troops. Good luck to the boys from both sides and don't come back till you have done the job, I know you will!
Chris Hawtin, Oxford, England
I don't think it is surprising that there isn't a populist uprising against the Saddam regime. With the debacle of the early 90's still fresh in their minds I'm sure most Iraqis are waiting to see if the coalition means business this time. The Iraqi people did their part in the early 90's and got hung out to dry for their efforts. If they had been properly supported at that time this wouldn't be required today.
Tim, Calgary, Canada
It seems in times of war there is no care about those young men whom are fighting coalition forces to protect their homeland against foreign aggressors. When an American is killed people everywhere mourn; when a "enemy" soldier is killed only their family mourns for them.
When American is killed people everywhere mourn; when a "enemy" soldier is killed only their family mourns for them
War is War. People die you expect it. The servicemen do. Blair and Bush know this and understand. There is a reason for this war and it needs to be dealt with. We cannot allow people like Saddam and his type to terrorise innocent people and supply/support terrorists.
Brendan Farrow, St.Albans, UK
This war is necessary to prove to the world that the west is genuine in their concern for the Arab people and for all people regardless of race or religion. The war may seem brutal now but action is necessary to rebuild Iraq and hopefully improve the future of the world community.
Nathan Haddaway, Virginia Beach Va USA