United States ground forces have begun a major assault on Republican Guard divisions around Baghdad. Troops have surrounded the capital's airport, in what is seen as the start of the major advance on the Iraqi capital.
In a message read out by the information minister on Iraqi television, President Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to fight a holy war against the US-led coalition.
The US have reported the loss of a Black Hawk helicopter, with at least six men missing and an F-A Eighteen Hornet fighter-bomber. It is the first fixed-wing aircraft to be brought down since the conflict began.
What are your views on the course of the war so far?
This is an eleventh page of your comments.
The following comments reflect the balance of views we have received:
I still see no moral justification for this war when the West supports so many dictatorships around the world for economic and political reasons. Also, I do not see a case for disarming Saddam, when we armed him in the first place, encouraged the Iran/Iraq war and have no evidence for WMD.
President Bush has taken a bold step which others avoided. Someone has to deal with an evil and dangerous government that supports terrorism, terrorists and deceives the whole world.
Kola Adegboye, Lagos, Nigeria
How can it be strategically wise for a war to be conducted with the soul aim to capture the capital city? I speak from experience, and I am astonished as to why the coalition forces (US only) are aiming to capture Baghdad when Basra has not even fallen?
I hope for the sake of our troops that this is a wise decision, otherwise it could prove very very costly. Baghdad is not going to be a pushover. The Iraqis may not have the weapons but they do have the will power.
Malcolm Price, London, UK
I believe that the coalition forces are working for the best of the people in Iraq. There is only the same old problem faced in Vietnam already: they don't understand it. A nation behind total propaganda curtain for all it's life does not even know, what freedom means. This is sad and generations need to born and die, before the brainwash wares out. I see no hope anywhere.
I was mildly against the war until yesterday when my Iraqi hairstylist told me that she was willing to die and to lose her family at home to see Saddam gone. Regardless of the US motives the removal of Saddam is a good thing. There are always underlying motives for profit amongst the power nations.
The more I hear of that war, the more I believe it's the best way to deal with Saddam and his guys.
Paul Braun, Alsfeld, Germany
Folks who don't like this war: Check your history books. Saddam Hussein waged war against Iran for 8 years, 1980-1988; 500,000 to 1,000,000 were killed, and Hussein used chemical weapons. 1990 - Hussein invaded Kuwait, without any U.N. discussion, let alone resolutions, and probably came within an ace of deciding to sweep on through Saudi Arabia. Which countries fought to free Kuwait at that time? U.N. inspectors were thrown out of Iraq in 1999; which countries would you expect to roll back Saddam in any future invasion of neighbouring countries, with his newly developed weapons of mass destruction?
Bill, CT, USA
To Bill,USA: There's a massive gap in your version of history. It was George Bush Senior that got us in this mess in the first place. If he hadn't backed off when the Arabs leant on him about oil, then hundreds of thousands of Iraqis wouldn't have been tortured and murdered for rebelling after America deserted them. America does this again and again: acting like it's God, going round the world creating havoc, thinking it's superior and leaving a trail of utter devastation behind it. And they wonder why 9/11 happened!
Josh, Harrow, England
To Bill from USA:
I have checked my history books. They point out that America was supporting Iraq in its war with Iran.
The sanctions were keeping Iraq from invading anyone else and they have helped halve the size of Iraq's army.
David Patrick, Reading, UK
For Bill, CT, USA: Some more facts from history...
The US tested their nuclear bomb on an already crushed Japan, killing millions of innocent civilians.
Hundreds of thousands were killed in US aggression on Vietnam. Ditto Korea.
The US funded contra-rebels in Nicaragua to oust the Sandinista government - these rebels killed thousands of civilians.
They invaded Panama - the argument was General Noriega was smuggling drugs to US - but was there any UN resolution there?
Saddam is evil - there's no doubt about it, But who gave the right to US to become the governor of the world?
Arijit Mukherjee, Calcutta, India
These people who are afraid that our actions are going to increase terrorism to the US or anywhere else in the World, that is the reason we are attacking Iraq, the people of Iraq live in fear of what will happen to them if they do anything against their government. To live in fear is not to live at all. You can't be afraid of these terrorists or new terrorists. That is what their goal is. You don't think the terrorists fear the British and Americans. That is where the fear should be.
Stop being afraid and stand up and fight for what is right. We will win the battle in Iraq and the war on terrorism.
Scott B, Rochester, New York, USA
I can't help but wonder if the Iraqi people (and the US and UK armed forces) couldn't have been spared a lot of needless suffering if Saddam had been removed in 1991. Even then, everyone knew this was going to happen.
Michel, Toronto, Canada
Allied troops are doing an excellent job. The regime has committed horrible atrocities against the Iraqi people and their freedom and a safe future for the rest of us is what the allied forces are willing to give their own lives for.
Kara, Michigan, USA
Looking at the civilian deaths, I wonder, would anyone want freedom over his family's dead bodies?
Now that the coalition forces are near Baghdad, I pray for their successful attempt to capture Saddam, his regime, and others who were responsible for the suffering of Iraqi people all these years. It's amazing to see people in the USA and the UK, in particular, that are protesting against the war when their own military personnel are fighting over there for the freedom of Iraqi people. You should support your own troops especially when they are sacrificing their lives to end the suffering of the people over there. The bottom line here is Saddam and his brutal regime must go!
It seems to me that the US Government was perhaps more than a little naive in its belief that the Iraqi people would welcome their troops with open arms, and consider them as liberators. especially in light of the Gulf War of 1991, when the US troops withdrew leaving Saddam to dole out liberal amounts of punishment. So obviously the only chance the Americans have to win credibility now is by removing Saddam once and for all, but given their success rate to date this will not be an easy task. And if incidents of 'friendly fire' and the deaths of innocent women and children continue, it will also do little to win support for a war which is not supported, condoned or wanted by a significant number of the worlds population.
Rick, Lethbridge AB Canada
I work on Ft. Lewis, which is an Army base that has sent quite a few troops "over there" and so I am affected in a personal way(also being an Army vet myself) and I want to thank the troops of Great Britain once again for being there for us in the USA...
Lauri Aloisio, Tacoma, Washington
The war does not seem to be going the way we were "told" it would go - ie, it would be a "clean" war, with so-called surgical strikes, and we would easily win the "hearts and minds" of the Iraqi people. But those of us who were so vehemently against this war knew this wouldn't happen. As more and more troops are killed, injured, taken prisoner; as more civilians are killed; and as more news of Iraqi atrocities hit the media, I am more and more convinced that a stand against this war is the only proper one.
Lisa Stiller, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
What is all this fuss about the killing of civilians? Where were the Arabs when Saddam was slaughtering and torturing their very own people? The agony of killing a civilian is a small price to pay for, even if it involves the imperialistic aspirations USA &UK. War is no good, but it is the only alternative to give a better quality of life that lies ahead for the Iraqis.
Adilakshmi Tadepalli, Baltimore, USA
The US has been accused by the Arab world and others of having double standards. I admit that there is a fair amount of truth to this. However, how would the Arab world react if a neighbouring Arab country, rather than the US, invaded Iraq? I guarantee that they wouldn't be nearly as outraged as they are right now, even if 1000 times more civilians lost their lives.
I was saddened by the tragic death of the seven Iraqi civilians whose vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint. I believe, however, that US Troops operate in the war zone often at their own peril to help and rescue Iraqi civilians caught between forces and to avoid civilian casualties in the first place. In particular, I recall a recent photo of an elderly Iraqi woman on a bridge that was wounded and was being assisted to the US forces side of the bridge. The news of the tragic checkpoint incident gets wide media play useful for pro-Iraq/anti-US sentiment but the many instances of US Troops care for civilians will hardly be reported and will be discounted. I'll bet that we will see these incidents occurring again and it will probably be preplanned for the pro-Saddam/anti-US publicity.
Francesco, Denver, Colorado
I saw an Iraqi American on TV today saying that what the Americans are doing today is making history and that the Americans today are on the right side. I tend to agree with him. I'm overflowing with pride for America today. Today in Iraq, we have a man who treats the Iraqis with the same contempt that Hitler used against the Jews. Just like 50 years ago the cowards of the world say it is better for the world to leave him alone and once again the British and the Americans know better than that. The American, British, Australian, Polish and all soldiers of the coalition are modern day heroes. To the Iraqis: I only wish this had happened sooner.
Cindy Skacel, Chicago, US
War is wrong. Bosnia isn't stable after a war, Kosovo isn't stable, Afghanistan isn't stable. Only the news media stops reporting. So freedom is when the press isn't reporting anymore! With the "embeds" nearly silenced "Freedom" has arrived!
Pierre Beerkens, Steenbergen, Netherlands
These soldiers are in Iraq because extensive research has shown that the civilian population is brutalized and weapons of mass destruction are created and obtained to use on neighbouring countries as well as civilians. They are there to liberate these people and while they are doing it they hand out food, shelter, and medical care to civilians and POWs alike while their friends who they are fighting with are executed at gun point, threatened with chemical weapons, and blown up by suicide bombers posing to be the very civilians they are there to help. How do you criticize their efforts while Saddam and his military ignore the international rules of warfare, and human rights? War brings casualties; I wont spend time listing the number of lives that have been sacrificed in the battles for freedom over centuries of war. What is it going to take to get the support to defend ourselves or to move towards a better world?
E, Tampa, USA
When I saw the TV images of the people crying for those killed in the market bombings it made me think it would have been worth 12 more years of efforts to disarm Iraq peacefully just to have avoided that. We argue that Saddam has killed many more but isn't that the point: we should be different, we shouldn't be sacrificing innocent people the same way he does.
E. Smalley, UK in Germany
I am sick and tired of the hypocrisy of the US government and the US media, they have been killing civilians in a foreign country in an illegal war. What do you need to have in your brain to call someone terrorist for defending his family and his beliefs? I say that the real threat to the world is the US policy that want to rule the world according to their interests, they are - Bush, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice- the real war criminals.
Ulises Sosa, Mexico City, Mexico.
I disagree that we should support the war because we have to support our troops although it sounds very diplomatic. Soldiers follow orders. It's their duty and honour. This is what US military should do. They are doing it very well. I am very proud of them. But it's the duty of the remaining rest of us to think critically and judge the decision behind the military order. It's our responsibility to our soldiers. If this war is wrong, it's not our military that will decide to stop it. We can't count on the judgement of our few leaders, or America wouldn't be worth defending, like Iraq. If we don't take this duty, we are letting our soldier die in vain, killing a bunch of others along the way.
Myungyun Pang, Chicago, IL
I wish we had peace but we don't so we have to take a stand. Who do you choose? Saddam? I don't. He doesn't really have an appealing track record. Now if you think about it in these simple terms tell me what on earth is all the fuss about? Support the troops and let them get on with it. Doesn't matter if you hate the US or think it's all about oil. It's about making a choice, and mine isn't with Saddam.
While I want Saddam out and see a free Iraq. I do not support this war. First, what the US say about "Iraqi liberation" is simply naive. No matter how much a people is repressed and wish otherwise, change has to come from people themselves, it can not be imposed by an invader. (Japanese invasion of East Asia, US in Vietnam, USSR in Afghanistan, Germany in Europe during WWII, etc.) Yes, Saddam has committed awful crimes, he killed many people, but we are outsiders. Years of indoctrination make the majority of Iraqis look at Saddam differently from us.
Debbie, NYC, USA
Debbie from NYC: We allowed not one, not two, but three genocides in the past century (and possibly four or five if you count Rwanda and Bosnia). When despots like Saddam refuse to reform, they leave few options other than brute force.
Paul Lux, Florida, USA
This is not a war. it is an invasion on a society which has been under direct attack already by way of sanctions. Why doesn't the UN revoke the US membership at the UN? They don't deserve to be members of this international body of nations.
Sebastian Jamett, Calgary, Canada
If you knew of how murderous Saddam and his devils were - you would not protest. If the coalition's want the oil then so what, it would be a small price for freedom. Saddam is alone to blame for more Muslim deaths than anyone in the history of the world. His devils raped and killed girls in my village while the men and fathers/uncles were forced to watch. His devils would steal from you whatever you own. His devils drag young men out of houses and shoot them in the head with no trial, no warning. Who could complain? Who could fight? Who can stop this? Human life means nothing to Saddam, not even family. How can you stop such a man? By ending his life and the lives of his devils, that is the only way. I am confused by the support Saddam is getting from the protesters. My government protects me and sends young men and women to fight for me and my people, for our freedom. How can that be wrong?
Amon, former Iraqi in USA
When has there ever been a war where people didn't get killed? It is going to happen. One fact remains Saddam Hussein will kill thousands and thousands of people a year in Iraq. He needs to be stopped and thank God the U.S is willing to put themselves on the line to do it.
This is just going to get messier and messier. With threatened suicide bombings and US nervousness, we are going to end up with a situation like Palestine. Blair should not have involved us in this American war.
E Moreno, UK
In response to Albert: yes our troops are trained to recognize their enemies, until their enemies drive up in a taxi dressed in civilian clothes. Then gesturing wildly as if in need of help has Marines come to assist him, blowing them up. These marines are highly trained and I resent the implication they are simpletons.
If the Bush is persuaded that war is going to stop Saddam and the terrible things going on in Iraq, I give him the go ahead. But in the process, he should be careful not to loose the support of the world at large.
Ada Helen Ngoh, Buea, Cameroon
This war is illegal and undemocratic. Is this how the civilised west shows their true selves .
I am completely exasperated. Our comfortable democracies in the West have bred a nation of naive, idealistic fools. Is it so hard to understand that war is a necessity to achieve the greater good? This is no comfort for the families of the innocent civilians that are caught in the crossfire, or their families when the trigger has been pulled, but it must be done to give the Iraqi people a chance of liberty.
War is ugly and obscene, but hasn't history shown that peaceful discourse with an unreasonable dictator is folly?
Wayne Mitchinson, Warrington
Elle says that she has now become pro-war after reading about Saddam's regime. It's very commendable to get better informed before taking sides Elle, but shouldn't you also read up on the history of British and American support for Saddam? In particular you might read about who sold him the chemicals to gas the Kurds at Halabja and who used their vetoes in the Security Council to prevent UN action against him. It was Britain and the US! They are not attacking him because of what he has done to his people. They are attacking him because he is no longer doing it on their behalf!
Charles Moore, Edinburgh, Scotland
The US are using the excuse 'we have the right to self defence' for killing seven women and children. Who aimed the AK- then? Bush calls going into another country illegal and killing women and children 'Liberation'. Shame on the rest of the world for standing by and doing nothing to stop this.
Geoff Squire, Hampshire, UK
If I'm driving along a road in my country, and two thugs attempt to carjack me, why should I stop? If they point a gun at me and order to me to stop, why would I be in the wrong to keep on driving? If they then shoot me dead, is that self-defence?
Obviously it is in America. But among the sane countries of the world, believe me, it's not.
God save us all from America.
Melanie, London, UK
How can anyone say that a war is fought due to humanitarian reasons? To kill is probably a common practice of human empires but not a humanitarian action indeed. The UN inspections were producing results and Iraq hasn't thrown any biological, chemical or nuclear weapon yet and probably won't. Did anyone here know that something that really made the US angry is that Iraq oil producers since 2000 are trading their oil in Euros and not in Dollars, like any other major oil producer in the world?
Jorge, Kenilworth, UK
I think we are presented with two options, to undertake a dual strategy of combating opposition forces and at the same time giving out humanitarian relief. Or divert all our resources to defeating the Iraqi forces. In this way we can concentrate on the objectives of the war, defeating all Iraqi forces and finding the WMD. At the moment coalition forces are fighting the war with one hand tied behind their backs.
James Bacon, Exeter, Devon
To Mr Bogle: There has not been a modern war that has not entailed friendly fire incidents. In this war, British troops fired on British troops, in addition to the American mishaps.
A war cannot be fought, yet, without civilian casualties and friendly fire incidents. But, if one looks at the casualties the coalition has suffered versus the casualties the Hussein regime has suffered, in light of the amount of territory taken, this war has involved about as little needless bloodshed as one could possibly, reasonably expect.
Eric, Detroit, USA
Where are the world wide headlines when Saddam kills women and children on purpose? The marines did the right thing and that is the bottom line. Sometimes war isn't pretty.
The war is getting more and messier as the days are going, and people are getting angrier. How can they expect Iraqis to welcome US soldiers with open arms when these same soldiers are bombing their homes and killing their families?
Tanya Huq, Dhaka, Bangladesh
If we really want to support the troops, we should bring them home, NOW.
Jason, Milton Keynes, UK
The UK (and the US) should withdraw troops immediately. With the tension spilling over in to other Arab nations, the potential for world unrest grows. All of this could have been avoided if Bush hadn't pushed to go it alone without the UN backing. The world becomes a more, not less frightening place to live in.
Rob, Barnsley, UK
Many people say that the war in Iraq is for oil. This assumption is simply wrong. The oil reserve of Iraq will remain the Iraqi people, and will be used for reconstruction; I want to believe that this is true.
So, the war must simply be a pre-emptive and humanitarian intervention to remove Saddam? Yet, I think the aim is to secure the Middle-East's energy supply, to create yet another Saudi Arabia, a country linked to the west economically. Opening the markets of the Middle East, creating stability is the aim of this war.
Aron, Budapest, Hungary
Elle, made a good point by saying "No person that is anti-war has given other strategies to get Saddam and his regime (including his sons) out of Iraq!" Most, anti-war protestors have no real solution.
The fact that there was no war in Iraq didn't mean that the Iraqis were living in peace. In fact, they were living in fear.
Many argue that because of the war, more terrorists will be driven to attack. However, terrorists have always planned their crimes, regardless. Terrorists will attack whenever they have the chance. They hated the Western world enough to target us, it's naive to think that they need an excuse. Yes, peace is good, I have no argument to that. Nonetheless, has everyone forgotten that for every era of peace and security, there was a war. People need to wake up to reality and face that fact.
K. Chung, California, USA
Wouldn't it be nice if the U.S. forces would follow the example of the other coalition members and not fire upon coalition ships, aircraft, tanks, military personnel and innocent civilians. Surely they could be trained to recognise who is on their side?
Albert Bogle, Belfast, United Kingdom
If America invaded my country without UN backing and set up a checkpoint, I'd drive through it, because America has no right to be in my country and I'm not giving in to them! If they fire "warning signals" all I would hear is gunfire, and I'd put my foot down and drive even faster to get away from it.
Lindsay Grantham, Manchester, England
I condemn the Ba'ath ideology and for my country, Saudi Arabia, to side with Saddam against Iran. But what the hell is the U.S and the U.K doing on Arab soil? It should be clear to the Arabs and Muslims by now that we need to keep our house in order, and there should be no meddling from the outside. It's never too late.
Leila, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
I am pro-war now, due to the fact I have read the history of Saddam and his regime. We may look the evil ones, but people should look at what is right. Yes war is horrid and destructive but it gives us the calm after the storm. No person that is anti-war has given other strategies to get Saddam and his regime (including his sons) out of Iraq! No brain cells churning, just a lot of noise.
Elle, Clacton Essex, UK
The only sufferers of this war will be the innocent civilians. Bush, Blair and Saddam Hussain all have highly protected bunkers which is impenetrable by most things on earth. This war will clearly give excuses for the fanatic terrorists who will be planning all sorts of things to hit innocent civilians in Western cities. God bless this world and hope it survives this war for oil.
Neil Doss, UK
Too many people are being killed in the search for Saddam Hussein. Is this war working? It doesn't seem like it to me.
Charlie (11 yrs old), Poole, UK
War is stupid, and it's wrong. I am not the least bit surprised that things aren't going as planned for the US. Bush has been way too arrogant. Hopefully he'll realise how wrong war is, especially this one, before even more innocents die.
Cayla, Winnipeg, Canada
If what we were told previously by Bush and Blair were correct, then surely the discovery of weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's supposed eagerness to use them would have become evident by now. In the last Gulf war the issue was much clearer - Iraq had invaded another country. This was a much more legitimate excuse for military intervention. But now most people are not convinced that military intervention, with its inevitable consequence of innocent deaths and suffering, is really a better option than monitoring and containment. Unless we see real evidence of chemical weapons and/or a willingness for Saddam to use them, then the case for war seems morally unjustified.
David Jones, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
The US-UK war against Iraq is a very dirty war. It is unjustified, immoral and it leads for sure for real conclusion with more hatred to the two countries among the Arabs and Muslims for generations to come.
abo Osama, Amman-Jordan
Who really believes in the declared noble causes of war? The questionable cause of this war would lead thousands of young people who participate on either side to ignore ethics and behave violently throughout their lives damaging their societies with different types of terror.
Hussein Nour Eldin, Cairo,Egypt
Anti war, immoral, unjust, these are all words we are hearing on a daily basis at the moment. People need to focus on the real issues like the soldiers that are out there risking their lives like my 22 year old brother! Save your anti war feelings for when the boys get home to their families and when the ballot papers come around, vote more carefully this time people!
David Bownes, Shropshire, UK
I am 13 years old and my class and me had prepared a trip to London. The day before going our headmaster said no we didn't go because of the war. We know that London will be still there after the war but we had been waiting two years for the trip. If Bush, Blair, Aznar and Saddam want to kill each other put them into a boxing ring and let them kill each other without killing innocent people. NO TO WAR - remember war doesn't change anything it just kills people and makes families fall in desperation
May God bless America and her leaders who had the guts to put everything on the line for their beliefs. May the war which should have been waged decades ago, come to a victorious end for the allies.
Izak M. van Dyk, Pretoria / South Africa.
I would like to know if President Bush, Vice President Dick Chenney, Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair are sleeping happily and contently with their families and children after watching the barbaric and horrific bombing of Iraqi cities. Would they like to exchange their places with Iraqi mothers, fathers and children who are enduring this ruthless and cruel bombing day and night?
Saqib Khan, London, E7
What exactly is it that the coalition forces were expecting of the Iraqis? To simply play dead when the invaders (in their eyes) overran their country? Saddam may be hated in Iraq and many parts of the Arab world, but an invader by any other name is still an invader, and the Iraqis are a proud people, they will defend their country.
Vahe Barsoum, Beirut
I think that the British and the Americans are doing a good job. It is nice to have countries that are helping make the world a safer place. The people who are protesting against the war should also protest against the "war" that Saddam wages against his own people if they are truly in support of world peace. We should learn from the lessons that history gave us and not let things happen first before we take action.
Joseph Vella, Malta
I am appalled at the way this war has been conducted - military strategy has been blown out of the window the coalition are making basic fundamental mistakes, they have underestimated the enemy, stretched their supply lines and added to the length of the war. They are about to do what they said they would not do and that is add to the civilian casualties. If this war is to continue the way it is then more civilians will be killed public, world and Arabic opinion will go against us and there is also the potential for other Arab nations to get involved. I can see this been another miserable failure when young courageous men will have died in vain and the tyrant will remain. Why cannot our leader see this? I quote a famous saying "Lions led by Donkeys" that is how this war is been led.
Tony Sygrove, Standish Wigan
How soon we forget! There can be no doubt that the USA saved the free world in WW2 and preserved it by winning the cold war thereafter - both at great cost to itself. We are bound to make mistakes in preserving our way of life, but pandering to a creed that will always implacably hate us should not include allowing them to acquire deadly weapons that they would use against us without a moment's thought.
Andrew Day, London UK
We have no right nor justification to decide at what point we should impose our concept of freedom in Iraq. Saddam, while being a heartless dictator, has given his people the greatest latitude of secular freedom in the whole Islamic world. Christians, Moslems, Jews and other diverse religious sects have lived peacefully side by side since he came to power.
Adrian Venzo, Limassol, Cyprus
Although there were many arguments made by Tony Blair to justify the need for the war. I am unclear why there is no mention of the preparation or likely preparation for the aftermath of the war to protect UK citizens. The assessment of the likely terror threat to London cities has to have increased now and will be so indefinately. With a cash strapped public sector what level of confidence should Londoners have that the Goverment is able to meet this need. Also the impact of the bill for UK tax payers - what's that likely to be? If any of the Government's thinking is flawed (as the war plan and even Chancellor's budget has been suggested to be) how is the public to assess the competency of those responsible for its welfare.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the "liberation" of Iraq by the UK and US forces is soon coming to an end and the madness, senselessness and insanity of the reality of war is about to begin. Unfortunately there is no happy ending to this one.
Ayishah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How very soon people have forgotten about 9/11. Did that day of supreme evil teach us nothing? There is an enemy out there lurking and plotting to attack us. Are we to do nothing? Are we to pass the time until the next attack by passing more meaningless resolutions within the impotent governance of the UN? I think not. Let freedom ring. God bless America and God bless England.
Tim, LA, USA
The war is about the pride of George W Bush and Tony Blair. Their soft-talk, big stick approach when attempting to force compliance on the UN, having backfired, makes the invasion of Iraq more about face-saving than about the salvation of the weak. Beware the policy of might is right. It has a way of rebounding on its adherents.
Russell McGarrity, Sydney, Australia
While I believe that the Iraqi leadership needs to and can only be changed by force, this force can only be authorised by the international community. To get this authorisation the US should have first showed that it could be unbiased in finding a solution to the conflict in Israel. This would have greatly reduced the scepticism of the Arab world to US motives.
Rick James, Irving, Texas
Taking into account that Saddam is a dangerous criminal, the only way to deal with him is war. It will take so much courage on the part of American and British armies to get the job done. I wish you guys and girls a quick and sound victory. May God be with you.
Kija, Tehran, Iran
This war cannot be won. Given the suffering already inflicted on the Iraqi people, all we can do is batter a people who hate and fear us into submission. Is that victory?
Miriam Wolf, Willits, USA
The American people have lost the respect, awe, and a bit of love of all common and peace-loving people of the world.
Sayef Hussain, Islamabad, Pakistan
Many Americans like myself do not support President Bush's decision to go to war. It is unfair to say that the views of the government reflect that of its people. We live under a regime ourselves. We have no choice but to be hated by everybody due to the actions of a greedy government.
Deirdre, Massachusetts, USA
If this is a war against the Iraqi people why are the troops trying to be so careful with the civilians? We don't, and won't, know how many innocent Iraqis have been hurt or have died until this is over and we hear this from the Iraqi people themselves.
Jolana Webernick, USA
There are over 200 countries in the world. The US claim 45 of them are supporting the war. A total of 15 of them refuse to be named. Every single one of them is acting against the will of the majority of its people. Is Blair really so much clearer than the people of the whole world?
G Yang, Burgess Hill
I am so sad for the people of Iraq. How can they have a say in the running of their country? They can't pick their leaders! The UN let them down. The coalition should not stop until the job is done.
Charlie Clemett, Nerang, Australia
My biggest fear for the war in Iraq is that after it is over Baghdad will turn into another Beirut. Some of us who are old enough to remember will recall constant bombardment and death everywhere. The Iraqi people might want to be freed from Saddam but not by American or British troops. The battle for the hearts and the minds of the people will never yield what the politicians want. Instead there's going to be more resentment and hatred for the west in the Middle East. There's bound to be more aggression towards Israel in the future because of this war.
Byron, Inglewood, USA
America was condemned for not getting involved in the Bosnian conflict early enough. It was condemned for not getting involved in Rwanda and Angola early enough. America was condemned for not getting involved in WWII early enough. I suppose we just need to keep listening to those against the war and not get involved...until it is too late and then we will be told we should have got involved earlier.
What better way is there to bring on another 9/11 in the US or the UK than to drive terrorists to distraction all over again? Blair has led his servicemen and women like lambs to the slaughter.
Charlotte, Henley, England
This conflict is starting to look like an occupation more than a war. We are witnessing an occupation of Iraq which will last for years.
Joe Scully, Oslo, Norway
The question that begs to be asked today is: do we want to live as vassal of USA or as free citizens of the world? This war is not between Iraq and USA but between forces that want to rule the world and those that want to save it.
Deepak Singh, Kathmandu, Nepal
I think news agencies should censor all images of dead people and stop complaining about the lack of censorship in other parts of the world.
David Lee, Newark, England
The American hypocrisy on war is revolting. Bush has publicly proclaimed that he is willing to use nuclear weapons against Saddam. America has used chemical weapons in Vietnam and has flouted the Geneva Convention. After what the coalition forces are doing to Iraq, the Iraqis are fully justified in using any means at their disposal to drive them out, including the use of chemical weapons. America calls the suicide bombers protecting their country terrorists. What do you call somebody bombing an entire country with assorted weapons in a show of its technology and then televising it around the world?
Rajendra, Baroda, India
Why was it assumed that the two marketplace explosions were the result of US weapons? Shouldn't an even-handed approach, which our media claim to have, consider the possibility that these were the result of Iraqi activity? At least both possibilities should headline together. My personal view is that the relatively tiny number of Iraqi innocents killed so far is a testament to the western reluctance to kill.
Ian Larman, Maidstone, Kent
This war is an immoral act, it is inhuman. This war is an abuse of power and is shear arrogance. This war has opened old wounds, has turned friends into staunch enemies and has driven peace as far away as Pluto, beyond our reach. This war has a beginning but no ending.
Issaku Dan Mallam Gany, Ghana
I believe that the United States is raising legitimate concerns regarding the threat being posed to global peace and security. But in order to be even more successful in its fight to raid the world of evil regimes, the US government has first got to fight to turn the focus of the Security Council members to one that will depict a more contemporary view of a new world order.
Jallah Faciann, Monrovia, Liberia
Have you done a count of the number of times 'hearts and minds' has been spoken over the air? The endless repetition trivialises the concept without emphasising it.
David Lee, Newark England
I am not in favour of this aggression and I think Saddam will use all the necessary tactics available to him to drive the US out of his country. What will happen if North Korea also decides to invade South Korea because it has the might to do so? I am against this war and the US has to put a stop to it.
Foli Joseph, Ghana
I believe Iraq broke UN sanctions and should therefore be punished, but is it ok for the USA to have all their powerful weapons and attack any one that tries to get some as well? Would they attack China if it posed a threat? Why did they take matters into there own hands without the UN? They tell the Iraqis they are there to help - why do they keep bombing civilians? This war will cause many more problems than it will solve. It will create an army of American-hating terrorists. But I still believe that if Saddam is evil and has broke UN law he should be brought down.
Liam Tressler, Northants
The Bush war supporters in the USA live in some kind of dream world where America never does anything wrong and has only the best intentions at heart. I could dismiss their stupidity except that their dream makes many others lives a nightmare. I only wish they would wake up and live in the rotten world they are making.
Most of the anti-war contributors have no personal knowledge of the brutal nature of this regime. Having visited Iraq several times in recent times I have absolutely no doubt the regime is well capable of having fired missiles themselves into their own population to win the propaganda war. It is amazing how naive we are in the west and how vulnerable we are to propaganda. It is time for the world to wake up and deal with this disgusting regime once and for all.
Colin Smith, Dubai
If the US is the world's police, who polices the US?
Jim, Columbus, USA
How can the coalition expect to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people while it uses massive military destructive force unleashing all manner of weapons that have caused civilian death and which are tantamount to weapons of mass destruction? This is a misconceived and unjust war which is having tragic consequences for innocent civilians and may have a catastrophic outcome. It is time to stop and think again.
Sami Tamim, London
Americans who support this madness should ask themselves what it was that made other people so angry that they had to fly planes into New York buildings on 9/11. If they need a clue to what it was, turn on the TV and watch what they're doing in Iraq.
Matthew Needham, Stevenage, England
It is time for the US and UK troops to back out. Those in favour of war say Saddam can not be allowed to win. True. But it is stupid to continue making more mistakes. Even if Bush and Blair win their war they have lost the cause. The UK and US must learn that Iraqis will hate them more than the hate Saddam. This is no longer a war of liberation but one of occupation. The only silver lining in this mess is that the UN has been vindicated. The failure of Bush's approach to world problems will be a lesson in unilateralism even for an unchallenged superpower. Bush will learn the dangers of over ruling the wishes of the world.
S Joshi, USA
I would never hail a person who threatened me with a gun, missile or a bomb.
Said Mahd, Copenhagen, Denmark
I wonder what the Brits feel like being a colony of the US? From politics and social structures to foreign policy, everything is controlled or modelled from the US. Your prime minister was recently humiliated thinking he would be heard out by a US leader.
Andrew Mugisha, Kabul, Afghanistan
Recent reports from Basra show the "liberators" entering by breaking down doors, man-handling Iraqi men and taking them away while the women are left screaming. This makes a mockery of the Geneva Convention.
Ali, Birmingham, UK
War in Iraq is the best solution and if you have built weapons of mass destruction then you are prepared for war. Saddam is a poisonous man - he kills his own people and must die. This is not a war against Islam, it is a war against a government who treats his people bad. Let the bombs flow.
Gabril Habib, Ghana
Why are the Iraqis putting up resistance if they want to be liberated? By the looks of it the coalition forces have been attacked at every turn. Is it because the Iraqis see the forces as a threat to their culture, way of life and their country?
Anon., Johannesburg, South Africa.
Maybe if we allowed all these protestors against war to win, shall we recall all our troops then and sit back and see what happens? Nobody wants people to die be it civilian or military on either side, but this time liberation is the only answer.
Rich, Sheffield UK
We have a case of militarily 'strong' countries invading a relatively 'weak' country. Any concern for the civilian life of the 'weaker' country, as displayed on media by the 'stronger' countries is a sham; You don't liberate people by bombing them.
The west is in denial. The stories we report on and the terminology we use reflect this. We speak of our special forces and their irregular units. We debate the cause of civilian casualties in Baghdad, knowing full well that if we hadn't attacked in the first place, there would be no civilian casualties.-
Kevin Brady, Germany
I believe this war has the potential to achieve the greater good by successfully removing the current Iraqi regime. However, it is understandable that the Iraqi people will become increasingly infuriated - particularly in Baghdad - as they are subject to heavy bombing night after night.
Nick Paul, Edinburgh, UK
Bombing does not and will not solve the problems it literally entrenches them. The war must stop. Dialogue across the region must start. Ask yourself the question; is the destruction of international law a good price to pay for bloody war with its escalation of death, maiming and terror for the purposes of US global domination and profit really a price worth paying.
George Lee, London
I am amazed that western reporters and commentators seemed surprised and upset that Iraqis are fighting back. What else would you do? They are fighting invadors. Just like Churchill promised to fight the Germans on the beaches and in the fields, and still the British are fighting them on the Terraces and in Pubs, the Iraqis will fight all the way. Help them to topple Saddam but please do not bomb and kill them so they die for him and Iraq.
Ibrahim Faizal, Male' Maldives
America and Britain have already lost this war; doubling the number of troops in the region is a sign of their miscalculation of the situation. Bush and Blair told their troops to expect the gratitude of the Iraqi people for their liberation. How that the troops know that the Iraqi people regard them as invaders, they should be brought home, because it is already evident that following the fall of the present regime, the Iraqi people will violently oppose this occupation of their country.
Tomas Kent, UK
On the 20th of March Basra had water and electricity. Now they receive water and biscuits that are unloaded from HMS Galahad, to make space for oil barrels.
Lejo van de Walle, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
Vietnam and Cambodia showed that no matter how technologically superior an occupying army may be, it cannot succeed without the general support of the local population. Provision of humanitarian aid and clean water in coalition controlled areas could be the pivotal factor that determines the whole outcome of the war.
Matthew Seaman, Marlow UK
The Americans can lob cruise missiles, drop bombs, gather an armada of aircraft carriers, control the skies over Iraq, and terrorize civilians but if Iraqis dare defend themselves using their own means they are branded terrorists. Where did we see this before? Vietnam and Palestine.
Charles, Ottawa, Canada
Dirty tactics? What's wrong with guerrilla tactics? The Vietcong used it to good measure in Vietnam, so why can't the Iraqis in defending their country? According to US logic, bombing Baghdad with 5K ton bombs - and killing civilians is considered clean tactics!
Sudhir Menon, Singapore
Yesterday's suicide attack (which killed four US soldiers) was an experiment with a human suicide bomb - that's what happens when a nation is invaded by powerful army. I believe Iraq will emerge victorious.
Mohammed Taha, Bahrain
It amazes me that people think that the war is wrong?! The Iraqi's are people who have lived under constant fear and oppression for decades. Americans and Iraqis deserve to live without fear. World leaders must continue protecting our safety.
British forces in Basra kidnapped a Baath Party leader a few days ago. The Americans claimed to have killed 200 hundred Baath Party members at a meeting. Is it legal under the laws of war to target political parties? Does this now mean that the British Labour and Conservative Parties and the U.S. Democrat and Republican Party members are legitimate military targets?
Ahsan, Glasgow, Scotland
The war must be stopped ASAP and talks should be held to resolve any issues. The US advices other nations to hold talks before conflicts then why doesn't it comply with that rule? Britain as usual doesn't have any stand of itself.
SSV, California USA
If there is a 1% risk that an innocent baby would be hurt or killed, the war should not have happened.
Zeina, Amman, Jordan
Good has to win over evil. Thank you Britain for standing by our side.
All the people of our country hate this war. Please stop it.