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War in Iraq: Your views
Local residents welcome British troops in Basra
Saddam Hussein's main presidential palace has come under heavy fire from US forces who have penetrated central Baghdad.

Meanwhile the BBC's John Simpson described "a scene from hell" when his convoy of Kurdish fighters and US special forces came under attack from US friendly fire on Sunday. Ten people were killed including a BBC translator.

What are your views on the course of the war so far?

This is a twelfth page of your views.

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

The American and British forces are doing the right thing
Kalliopi, Greece
My husband is from Kurdistan. He sought political asylum in Greece in 1984. It is the first time I have seen hope in his eyes. The American and British forces are doing the right thing. They should have come when Saddam began using genocide on the minorities living in his country. But it is never too late for democracy.
Kalliopi, Greece

To those who say that war is not good in Iraq, I have this to tell them. Where were you when Saddam, attacked Iran in the 80's. I can remember the overnight air raids over Tehran and I obviously remember during one of those raids when my mother holding my brother in arm, fell down of the stairs and broke her arm. I am against killing civilians but I can't forget those dark days of war against Iran.
Khashayar, Tehran, Iran

There is much discussion currently about whether or not this war is just. My opinion is the majority have voted in this Government and we must therefore support them and our troops at this time. In the coming months, the truth will prevail and the Government will be judged on their actions. My gut feeling is the recent discovery of executed corpses is the first of many atrocities to be uncovered in Iraq.
John Stirrup, London, UK

I am nearly the same age (50) as our British PM and we are from the first British generation who have the luxury of never having to have HAD (conscription) to take up arms to defend our freedom. I was with my wife in the US on September 11th 2001 and will never forget that morning or its consequences. My experiences as a European studying history in Washington DC remind me of the Holocaust Centre and the Korean Memorial with its simple one line inscription "freedom is not free". I believe this is the correct course of action.
Mike Swift, Southport, England

We were uneasy about the war at the outset and still feel that way
Andrew Sansom, Singapore
I am British living in Singapore with a Muslim wife. We were uneasy about the war at the outset and still feel that way. We just hope that once it is over the coalition forces find caches of WMD and clear evidence of other atrocities to vindicate this action. Otherwise the UK and USA will find it hard to win back the support of even the moderates worldwide.
Andrew Sansom, Singapore

I am sick of hearing about anti-war protests. Why haven't the protestors been out during the past 20 years while Saddam and his henchman have been terrorizing the citizens of Iraq?
Mel, Eagle, ID, USA

It's clear that Iraq doesn't have any chemical weapons. So to show this war is legal, Bush is saying he wants to free the Iraqi people from the Saddam regime. Is it true? Of course not. If Bush wants democracy why is he not against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I'd like to say democracy is not a thing to supply from abroad.
Abdur Rahman Bikrom, Dhaka, Bangladesh

I don't believe in the US-led war on Iraq. But my feelings aside, now that it's well under way, it's best that they just get on with the job and finish it as soon as possible.
Aaron March, Suva, Fiji

The United States is quickly becoming the new colonial imperialists of the world. Let's face it, his war is not about "weapons of mass destruction" (which, by the way have yet to be found), but about oil. Iraq has the world's second largest known oil reserves. That is what we are after. It is a pity that Mr Bush has ignored the two most pressing issues that will affect the future of this world: The sagging US economy, to which the economic recovery of the rest of the world is linked and the Palestinian crisis, which is the cinder box that will surely ignite the next world war.
Dr Pradeepta Chowdhury, Hilo, Hawaii, USA

I feel that both sides have made valid points
Gina, Whakatane, New Zealand
I've found it very interesting to read the different opinions on this war. I feel that both sides have made valid points. But I am left with this question. After Iraq is liberated will the Coalition (with or without UN support) then go on to liberate all the other countries labouring under dictatorial regimes? If this isn't done, then accusations that Iraq was invaded for political and financial motives will be given more weight. If one nation is given its freedom, don't all nations deserve the same?
Gina, Whakatane, New Zealand

I have great respect for all the brave reporters in the field. John Simpson was so cool-headed and professional when reporting about his friendly fire incident, what a great man. Good luck and keep up the good work.
Matt Duggan, Kagoshima, Japan

I am confused with the propaganda that is going on. How can we verify for sure what is right and if it is propaganda does that mean we are being lied to by our own sides?
Shona, Scotland

I think all the war reporters are doing a fantastic job. Those guys really earn their money. John Simpsons report, having been injured and surely traumatised in the 'friendly fire' incident was an amazing show of professionalism. I take my hat off to them all.
Richard White, London, UK

Everything we have seen so far from the discovery of hundreds of murdered and boxed corpses to the swaggering lies of the Iraqi Ministry of Disinformation and the use of babies as human shields seem to justify the this military action. Iraq and the world have indeed been freed of a scourge and danger.
Martin Burns,

It is disconcerting to see the Americans priming themselves to rule a post-war Iraq
Andrew Parker,South Africa
Apart from the lack of tangible evidence prior to hostilities breaking out, it is disconcerting to see the Americans priming themselves to rule a post-war Iraq. Further to this it would be interesting to discuss what further global ambitions the so-called coalition of the willing have in mind 'after Iraq'. Such aggressive authority should not be allowed to go unchecked. The coalition should take note that independent global countries have no need of a global police officer with a Texan accent.
Andrew Parker, Johannesburg, South Africa

America's motives in this war will become clearest once it is over. If elections are set up and the Iraqi people elect a staunch anti-American government, then that is when we will see if America was truly fighting for democracy in Iraq.
Robert Murphy, Hamilton, New Zealand

Many people may have different perceptions on this war, but most of all, if it is true that liberation of Iraq is the aim, then I would not hesitate to accompany the support of many US-led coalition supporters who are awaiting victory at last.
Martyno, Solomon Islands

The truth is that the US, UK, Spain and Australia are trying to do the right thing. They may fail in building a democratic Iraq, but their motives are more altruistic than any other group. The Islamic groups may use this to our disadvantage. One might argue there is increased hatred, but is it increased hatred or just a revival of existing latent hatred?
B Hobart, Las Vegas, USA

I support America and Britain bombing Saddam and his and his people. Saddam must pay for the lives of American and British soldiers lost. I regret their loss, may their souls rest in peace.
K Robert, Accra, Ghana

More neutral parties are getting increasingly annoyed
Subramaniam, Singapore
No conclusive evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has been found yet. The reason for war now is Iraqi liberation. UN's voice is insignificant when declaring war, but it should help in the re-building. The US and UK will "help" the Iraqi people realise their oil wealth. The US is wrong in thinking in can ignore the world. More neutral parties are getting increasingly annoyed.
Subramaniam, Singapore

The only thing this war will ever achieve is resentment. It will turn Arabs and Muslims into anti-Americans.
Kindy, Muscat, Oman

I am for this war of liberation of Iraq. It is always painful when human life is wasted but for the sake of freedom from human monsters it is worth the sacrifice.
Lionel Mascrenhas, Toronto, Canada

I'm an Iraqi myself (Kurd) and I am really enjoying the war because I know that Saddam will be caught by American forces and Iraq will be free.
Raz Jabary, Iraq

I agree that introducing democracy to a Muslim nation may be difficult. On the other hand Iraqis are more secular and better educated than many other Arabs. One shouldn't forget a very successful experiment with democracy in another Middle Eastern Muslim country - Turkey. Democracy has only strengthened there over the last 70 years. So why not try in Iraq?
Miroslaw, Helena, Montana, USA

These moaners do not realise when they are well-off
John Guyatt, London, UK
I've just been listening on the radio to an Iraqi ex-pat bemoaning the rape of his homeland by the monster USA. It is my opinion that these moaners do not realise when they are well-off. Why are they in the safety of the West, yet suddenly crying "My homeland"?! This is nonsense and they are nothing but hypocrites. The coalition has been falling over itself not to hurt civilians yet in any conflict civilians will be killed. If weapons of mass destruction are found it's a bonus, but in my mind absolutely unnecessary. I think the British forces have shown themselves to be truly remarkable. How dare these ungrateful cowards trash their honest efforts to improve Iraqi lives.
John Guyatt, London, UK

Iraqis should be left alone to solve their problems. There should be no interference like the one from the USA and UK.
Mululmb, Chingola, Zambia

Why is it so hard for the people of Iraq to believe that British and American forces are only there to help them? I don't believe for one minute that anyone wants to take over their country or change their religion. If you put the cards on the table you will find it is the leadership of Iraq who want to continue this war.
Judy Hoover, Franklin, USA

I think support for this war boils down to whether the end justifies the means. Is the killing of Iraqi civilians justified in ridding Iraq of Saddam? Are half-a-million Iraqi lives worth the sacrifice? It is interesting that all sides are giving their pro or anti war reasons as moral ones.
Dwayne Johnson, UK

I understand some of the suspicion with which the current US involvement in Iraq is viewed by Muslims - Iraq is certainly oil-rich, and our President has been quite ham-fisted in his dealings with other world leaders, however the rhetoric about the US trying to destroy Islam leaves me scratching my head. If the US is so anti-Islam, how would these people explain our interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo? Admittedly it took us a while in each case; however I don't think we had any compelling economic interest in either country. I can only hope that at the conclusion of this war, the US, Europe, and the Arab League will take a hard look at the entire region and seriously address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that seems to be the root cause of so much strife in the region and the world.
Paul Patino Gulf Breeze, FL USA

The concept of a free and democrat Islamic country is an oxymoron
Tom, Brighton UK
The problem that so many powerful people still do not understand is that the concept of a free and democrat Islamic country is an oxymoron. Islam means surrender. Namely surrender to the absolute, an incarnate form of Allah - the Qu'ran. The absolutely worst sin in Islam is called shirk which means to allow any other absolute alongside of Allah. And yet the kind of democracy that Americans envision demands just that - a supra-religious absolute value - the Constitution. The Qu'ran is not merely religion for the Friday prayer, it is the fundament of all legitimate jurisprudence, the rules that govern all human interaction. I see little chance for a sectarian Islamic government in this century.
Tom, Brighton UK

Even a cursory examination of history will show that armed conflict and war are the constant of interaction between human social groups. Whether it is between clans, tribes, city states, countries, societies or cultures, it is the nature of the human animal to kill each other. Peace is an illusion. It only exists between individuals, and then only tenuously. Moral and religious justifications are claimed by every group in a conflict. As an American I feel personally threatened by the regime in Baghdad, among others. If we do not defend our lifestyle it will be destroyed. Jealousy and envy around the world are the emotions that form the basis of anti-Western hatred.
Keith Wright, Sunland, USA

No more Coca-Cola, no more McDonalds, no more Burger King, no more Levis. Americans understand money - push Bush out of office!
Szara Jistich, Budapest

This war should have happened 10 years ago
T Dodds, Netherlands
Well done lads. This war should have happened 10 years ago. Goodbye and good riddance to Saddam and his regime.
T Dodds, Netherlands

This war is illegal and immoral. The Americans have supported governments around the world which have been engaged in questionable activities, and were even an ally of Iraq at one time. The insistence of Iraq's compliance with UN resolutions and a blind eye to Israel's refusal to comply all point to glaring contradictions in US foreign policy. The declining reserves of American oil are the motivation for this war and the desire of the US to control the virgin Iraqi oil fields. Now that pre-emptive strikes have been elevated to justifiable foreign policy it will be interesting to see how the Korea situation is dealt with by the UN and the US.
Canute Thompson, Mandeville, Jamaica

I commend the action of your commanding officers and the troops in the handling of sensitive issues. Your boys are doing a good job. I wish them well, and trust the anti-war demonstrators will realise one day what the war is really about.
Helmut H. Fehse, Western Australia

How can Mr Bush expect to control the situation in Iraq one day, when in Israel the situation has been uncontrollable for 35 years?
Susan, Switzerland

With great power comes great responsibility
Paul, USA
It is unfortunate that, as in past conflicts, the USA has had to stand up for the threatened and oppressed. With great power comes great responsibility. We in America dislike conflict and war but know that to remain free and safe it is sometimes a necessary evil. It is truly disgusting that countries such as France, Germany, and Russia have pursued financial gain at the expense of tens of thousands of oppressed Iraqi lives. I truly hope that when the conflict ends, Iraq will become a society free of fear. History has seen many evil dictators who ultimately had to be removed by force - Saddam is no different.
Paul, USA

I have been pro-war from the beginning but I am concerned because the US talks about rebuilding Iraq and restoring democracy. Iraq has never had democracy before as we know it. There is no basis to build a democracy on, so before it can be established we must provide education. Only with an educated population will democracy gain a lasting foundation in Iraq. In rebuilding the country I hope they do not forget the Iraqi soul and that the Iraqis feel they have something to say.
Ivar Koefoed-Nielsen, Aakirkeby, Denmark

It amazes me that politicians and others seem to think it is somehow heroic that US coalition forces have shown restraint in not targeting civilians. Let's backtrack a bit - the US would not be there but for people who believed Iraqi civilians needed "freeing" from the Iraqi government. What reason would there be to kill civilians? This invasion appears to be mostly ideological, supported by those with strong vested interests in getting a piece of the economic pie afterwards.
Miriam, Melbourne, Australia

How can these men spend billions and billions of dollars just to kill each other instead of living in harmony with their differences? Or is it because those men will receive billions and billions of dollars after they have done it?
Kris, Bangkok, Thailand

George W Bush does not represent the whole of America
John Baldridge, Champaign, USA
The US administration is still beholden to the US constitution and many Americans are struggling at this moment to find ways to curtail the Bush administration. The peace movement and the impeachment movement are working to remove the current administration and stop this unrepresentative government from doing more damage. George W Bush does not represent the whole of America.
John Baldridge, Champaign, USA

Cost of the war in Iraq so far: more than $100 billion and growing; loss of 200 plus civilian lives; death of 100 plus US and UK soldiers and 1,000 plus Iraqi soldiers; millions of normal lives disrupted; Muslims' hatred against the US and UK increased; creating a generation of kids exposed to sights and sounds of powerful military hardware. All of this and more to remove weapons of mass destruction from Iraq and Saddam from office.
Rama Krishna Yellapu, Palmerston North, New Zealand

I know war is a terrible thing but if our parents and grandparents had been pacifists and Hitler had won the last war how many Arab or other foreign countries that he didn't think fitted into his scheme of things would have existed today? I fear not many. I would have had many of my relatives for a lot longer and we may not have these so-called problems we have today, but I am still glad my ancestors made the decision they did. I hope it will be that way for the Iraqi people once things have settled down.
M L Pattenden, UK

I think the US has a great responsibility of shaping the Muslim world. Dictators like Saddam Hussein and many others in the Muslim world have managed to somehow create an anti-Western public opinion in order to suit their own interests. The US should pressurise all Muslim states into democracy instead of supporting the dictators. The Muslim world is suffering because of lack of education and poverty which drives them towards religion and fundamentalism which brings more poverty. This is a vicious cycle. The Western powers have the moral responsibility to end that. If that means going to war then it is a just war because people are suffering here.
Muhammad Ali, Peshawar, Pakistan

Milco of Milan hit the nail on the head. Of course the coalition's actions are strategically intended to secure another peaceful trading partner. This 'war' is but a minor bump on the road toward a benign pacified world, full of eager consumers. The UK and the US go to war only out of fear, resolve, and the desire for a more stable world. The UK and the US prosper and their citizens enjoy a higher standard of living in a stable world. It will take time, but five years after the dust has settled on this perturbation the secular world will be a better place.
D. J. Putnam, Santa Barbara, USA

Is it just my imagination, or is John Simpson a little over- dedicated when it comes to reporting the news? "I've just got a piece of shrapnel in my leg."
Anonymous Student, England

I find it very disturbing that the governments of France, Germany and Russia only seem concerned with how Iraq will be administered "after" the war. Unfortunately the war is still very much ongoing and will cost the lives of many more Coalition troops and innocent Iraqi people. I find it extremely tasteless that these governments have simply moved on from their attempts to prevent this war and are now focused on the financial gains to be "scavenged" after the conflict.
Kerr Girvan, Ayr, Scotland

War is a man made disaster. Nobody wins a war. Innocent people lose their lives for the cause of the leaders. This proves again and again that there is no God. People pay very dearly for the adventures of their leaders.
Sood, Toronto, Canada

If they are Americans, they are heroes. Otherwise they are collateral damage
O Jacob, NYC, USA
American double standards: what do you call innocent civilians killed? If they are Americans, they are heroes. Otherwise they are collateral damage.
O Jacob, NYC, USA

Will the weapons of mass destruction story silently disappear from the news if nothing important is found in Iraq? The WMD story would thus join the Anthrax story from after 9/11 and the alleged stock market speculation against airlines and insurance before 9/11. Why have these subjects disappeared from the news after they had been so useful to scare the public? Could be that by now WMD, too, are not useful anymore?
Andreas, Munich, Germany

The US and UK regimes and press manipulate the facts as well as the Iraqi regime. The US and UK don't want the true horrors of their campaign to come out. For example, why is there no coverage of the condemnation by the Red Cross of the deaths and mutilation of children, women and men caused by cluster bombs (described by them as a war horror)? It amazes me that people assume that their governments only speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Try reading the press of many other countries and you might end up with a balanced view (including learning some facts that your own government don't wish to make public).
Rej, UK

I was very disturbed to see footage of an Iraqi suspect being arrested by American troops on Friday. His identity was clearly visible and he was being ill-treated by soldiers. How does this display differ from the display of US POWs broadcast earlier in this war that the US was so up in arms about? I find it hypocritical that the coalition can claim Iraq is in violation of Geneva conventions for putting POWs on display and then do the same to their own POWs just days later.
David Burnie, UK

Is the war in Iraq the only piece of news in the world?
Sudhir, Lancashire
Hasn't the BBC got any other programmes to broadcast? Is the war in Iraq the only piece of news in the world? I am sick and tired of watching the war broadcast like a Big Brother programme - and all this with my licence fee! Enough has been said already by the experts, so-called experts, retired generals and just about every other person.
Sudhir, Lancashire

Isn't the discovery of reportedly mutilated and tortured bodies in a makeshift mortuary evidence enough that this war will spare lives in the long run?
Alan Whittle, Andover, UK

I'm glad Canada has not participated in this slaughtering. The first action of the willing has been to secure the oil wells instead of finding and neutralising the weapons of mass destruction. Saddam is a ruthless dictator but it's not Iraqi missiles that are killing Iraqi people in Baghdad.
Pierre Lasante, Montreal, Canada

The world will only be free when people like Bush stop attacking other nations. After it has attacked Iraq, America will attack some other nation. The main motive behind the war is that Bush wouldn't like to see other nations become superpowers.
Abhisheikh Ghosh, India

As to the rebuilding of Iraq, remember the children's story of the little red hen. The coalition is grinding the wheat and will eat the bread. France, Germany and Russia have fortified any right to participate.
Paul Carroll, Wellington, Florida, USA

After Iraq is conquered and Saddam is removed the American people can easily regain the trust of the Muslim world by handing Bush, Rumsfeld, Perle and Wolfowitz over to the Iraqis to be tried as war criminals. It is a small price to pay and would make it a complete American victory.
Werner Hoermann, Newburyport, USA

We could have ended this war in five minutes had we chosen to target civilians
Jim Houck, Los Angeles, California
I find it incredibly insulting that the world refuses to note the enormous efforts the coalition forces are taking to safeguard civilians. We could have ended this war in five minutes had we chosen to target civilians like Saddam does.
Jim Houck, Los Angeles, California

Why are you not covering the fact that some Iraqi people are welcoming UK and USA troops? There have been Iraqi people waving American flags. You can only see this part if you watch Fox news. Why are you not telling the stories of the tortured Iraqi people? When we win this war we will be seen as liberators and we will find weapons of mass destruction. When the world sees all the evil this regime has committed against its own people they will be the ones found to be wrong.
Jeanne Wahrer, New Riegel, Ohio, USA

Had the surrounding Arab nations took action years ago in Iraq when Saddam began using genocide on his own people, thousands of Iraqis would never had been tortured by his regime, and this current war would never have happened. How the Arab nations could just bury their heads in the sand all these years and allow these atrocities to continue happening to the Iraqi people is beyond comprehension. I sometimes wonder if the true reason so many of them are angry at the US and Britain is that these two countries are doing something that they themselves should have done long ago.
Robin, Alaska, USA

Iraq leader Saddam Hussein and his opponent Bush are both responsible for the killing of innocent people in Iraq because Saddam uses civilians for suicide bombing and that is very bad. The UN must act immediately before Saddam and Bush kill all the people of Iraq.
Joseph Frimpong, Accra Ghana

Saddam is the one to blame for Iraqi civilians being hurt
Stephanie, Morris, USA
My son serves in the military, he is now in Iraq, so I believe I can speak with some knowledge. Saddam is the one to blame for Iraqi civilians being hurt. Read the newspapers, hear their cries, listen to the horror stories. I am so tired of the Coalition forces being blamed for all the civilians dying when Saddam is killing hundreds of the Iraqi people everyday.
Stephanie, Morris, USA

This war is nothing more than pushing the world into becoming a dangerous place to live.
Nyanje, Peter, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

There won't be any slightest doubt that the Coalition will win, but how much will the damage cost due to the loss of civilian lives and increasing tension in the region threatening world peace?
Benjamin Kristanto, Jakarta, Indonesia

For some years when I lived in Greater London I did voluntary refugee work. One young Iraqi, whose father, a doctor was working in hospital in Iraq during the last Gulf war, told me that Saddam was living in the hospital at that time. After the rescue of Pte Lynch the US say they found signs that Ali Hassan had been there. Could Saddam be using his old tactics of a safe haven?
Therese Caudell, Norton-St-Philip, England

This opens the door to any kind of justification for war
Paul Greve, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
How can one country solely determine that another country needs to be freed and therefore needs to be saved through military war action? This opens the door to any kind of justification for war.
Paul Greve, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I was visiting Thailand for business reasons when some guy from my client company introduced me to another guy by saying that I belong to a country of "brutal murderers". I, being a patriotic citizen, immediately protested over this attitude but the fact is that for the first time in my life I feel ashamed of being English.
James L. Caddick, Birmingham, UK

This is not a war against Muslims. This is a war against the totalitarian state of Saddam Hussein.
Richard Acomb, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

I am a British expatriate working in North Africa. Thank you Mr Blair for putting our lives and livelihoods at risk. You have made our country the second most hated nation in the world. All for what?
Ali Khan, Ascot, England

The defeat of Saddam will be liberty for the Iraqi people
Brian, London
Civilian casualties are a sad part of this war. No one feels greater remorse than the Allied forces. The current Iraqi regime could care less as they deliberately place armed men amongst the civilian population. The defeat of Saddam will be liberty for the Iraqi people.
Brian, London

The allies are not there to bring freedom only, let's be honest with ourselves! They are there to protect the peaceful part of the world from the terror and keep stable the global economy. They are doing the dirty job for us, let us support them.
Milco Marchetti, Milan, Italy

Yes, the Coalition forces will have a quick victory. But Will this 'quick victory' transform into lasting peace for the people of Iraq and the Middle East? I believe this so-called war against weapon of mass destruction is a recipe for carnage and disunity in Iraq and the Middle East.
Lewis Saydee, Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana

When I was little I used to worship the United States for being the force of good and considered the Soviet Union as the force of evil. Now I consider the United States to be the force of propaganda and hypocrisy. Shame on them.
George, Cyprus

It suddenly occurred to why Saddam (why do we call him Saddam? It's like calling Hitler 'Adolf') appeared in the middle of a civilian crowd. Think about it, what he's saying is "To get me, you'll have to kill all these civilians"!
Steven Calascione, Malta

There will be unspoken motives that nobody dares to find out
Ozgur Sever, Boston/US
The only power to liberate a nation lies within the power of its own people. If one nation is trying to liberate another nation there will be unspoken motives that nobody dares to find out. The coalition cannot and will not liberate Iraq. A free Iraq will pose a larger threat to US national security.
Ozgur Sever, Boston/US

The world should be celebrating; in a few short weeks, 22 million people will be free.
Dr Paul C. James, Pilot Butte, Canada

Does anyone really believe that the goofy character parading around Baghdad is actually Saddam? He looks like one of the cast of Saturday Night Live. The doomed stooges in the Iraqi regime must think that the Arab public is truly gullible to try and put this one over on them.
Angela, Boston, US

Saddam is a dictator who killed hundreds of thousands Iraqis. All he had to do was leave his country and avoid the war. His ego caused the destruction, not the coalition. The coalition is the best thing for all the innocent Iraqis.
Bill Beck, USA

The US and British soldiers have taken extreme measures to avoid killing civilians. At their own expense, they have died trying to protect Muslim religious sites and the Iraqi people. Of course, we cannot avoid any civilian casualties - in war bad things happen to good people. We all mourn and feel grief over this. But at least some Iraqis are now starting to realise they don't have to be afraid to live, to survive, a bright light of hope is on the horizon. In this war, the soldiers of the US and Britain, intend to save rather than kill.
Matt Ruckdeschel, Washington DC, USA

Freedom needs to be earned and paid for it can't be imposed. You cannot compare the Second World War, in which we were defending ourselves against Hitler's invasions, with the current Iraq crisis in which Bush and Blair are the ones acting like Hitler having invaded Iraq against the wishes of the international community and people who elected them.
David, St Ives, UK

WMD are a relative term to people around the world. An AK 45 in the hands of misguided people are just as lethal as gas or WMD.
Julius Sowu, UK

I am concerned that Iraq will be led into a civil war if the coalition forces win
Murat Caner Ozhan, Istanbul, Turkey
Now we clearly see how the vast majority of the Iraqi people (and the rest of the Islamic world) are opposed to this invasion campaign at the cost of their lives. Even if they lose this war, I wonder how they will be forced to bow before a government whose first job will be to prepare a speech to thank the coalition forces for their 'wonderful' massacre. I am concerned that Iraq will be led into a civil war if the coalition forces win.
Murat Caner Ozhan, Istanbul, Turkey

You can never justify war. Men have fought as long as history recalls. You just have to see who's the mighty and the weak. America may be today but who knows about tomorrow?
Ansgrego Sambo, Batangas, Philippines

What are Bush and Blair going to do if when the war is over the coalition troops find no significant stockpiles of WMD? Their options? a) To admit that they were wrong, say sorry to the Iraqis for wrecking their country and resign? b) Pretend that it was never really about WMD but "liberation" for Iraq? c) Plant some of their own stockpile in one of Saddam's palaces and invite the world media to film it? Of course, honest and honourable statesmen messrs Blair and Bush would be bound to opt for option a) and resign wouldn't they?
Martin, Bromley, UK

As a veteran I support the troops in Iraq, but I don't have to like it
Richard Roush, Spokane, WA, USA
Since the days of Harry S Truman and the Partition of Palestine, the US has placed itself in unnecessary positions. If only the US and its allies would just leave well enough alone and spend a little more time focusing on the youth who can't read and a workforce with no jobs. As a veteran I support the troops in Iraq, but I don't have to like it. From a US Army and Air Force Veteran.
Richard Roush, Spokane, WA, USA

This is a war to replace one group of dictators with another. Both came to power through use of the gun with many deaths on their hands. This liberation war is amoral.
Joyce, USA

No matter how bad Saddam Hussein is; no matter how much "spin" is applied and no matter how "careful" the US and UK forces claim to be, this war is still wrong and immoral. All that has happened is the US showing that "might is right" and that it can defy the process of the UN. So, what do we have to look forward to? The UK and the UN becoming subservient to the might of the US? I don't care for Saddam, and I certainly would not want to live in a world controlled by him. Nor do I relish the idea of living in a world controlled by the US.
J. Dane, Barnsley, UK

Cluster bombs; they are among a range of weapons to kill the enemy. Not using them would put our soldiers in greater risk
Thomas, Cambridge, UK
I'm disgusted to see comments of people wondering why Saddam hasn't yet used chemical weapons on our soldiers. Thank God he hasn't, for whatever reason. As for cluster bombs, they are among a range of weapons to kill the enemy. Not using them would put our soldiers in greater risk. Would you have dozens of our own boys die for lack of weapons, or the slight risk of one or two Iraqi civilian casualties? I'd rather save our own boys' lives, personally.
Thomas, Cambridge, UK

If reports are to be believed, Baghdad is now practically the only part of Iraq not under coalition control. I just have one question for Mr Blair. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?
Richard, UK

I am totally opposed to the Iraq war which I view as a moral, political, and economic disaster for the UK. The pundits who predict the war is approaching its final stages, I feel, are wrong. Unless the regime collapses then this is not "the beginning of the end, it is the end of the beginning".
Many more innocent lives will be lost as the final struggle for the cities takes place. Furthermore Tony Blair has been duped by Bush, who in recent days has shown his hand on post war Iraq policy. How on earth did the UK become embroiled in this appalling event?
Mike Barrell, Magor UK

With no weapons of mass destruction found yet, is there a case that the coalition has been too hasty to go to war? The UN path of inspections would have better served the people of Iraq. Why the rush to war - are we running low on oil?
Raj, Wolverhampton

I wasn't truly convinced that the war on Saddam needed to occur, but now it has started, I would like to wish the coalition forces a safe and speedy return. I would also like to point out that this war was as much for the so-called weapons of mass destruction, as it was against the regime of Mr Hussein. Yet nothing so far of any importance has been found. Iraq stated from the offset that nothing were to be found, they were not believed and still were attacked. I would just like to know what will be said by the politicians, if indeed nothing is discovered.
Paul Theaker, England

How would you feel if you were an Iraqi living under a dictatorial and an oppressive government?
Ong Ghee Thuan, Malaysia
Be fair, the brave troops of the coalition have made sacrifices for your countries and for Iraqi people. Have a heart and feel what is right. How would you feel if you were an Iraqi living under a dictatorial and an oppressive government? Don't you think that it is right, even though war causes loss of lives? Dictators are difficult rulers who will never relinquish their control unless they are removed.
Ong Ghee Thuan, Malaysia

I don't think I've live through a time where so much information is available and so little of it is accurate. Propaganda and disinformation are rife an accurate picture difficult to grasp. However, that Baghdad will fall is a certainty - how it will rise again is much more of a concern.
Ian Taylor, Perth, Australia

The war seems to be going well. It seems so many people were expecting that this war would be won with no lives lost. I think the media made many think this war would last two weeks and no one would die. The US Government didn't say we would win a war in days, it was the so many ex-military personnel that made these claims. I hope in the future the media does what it should and that is to report rather than guess. God bless the soldiers and the good Iraqi people.
Mike, Sheffield

We are all watching the first "politically correct" war. The coalition forces are being held to a ridiculously high standard. The troops must avoid any mistakes, bring food and water, find WMD, and take over the whole country in a week or the operation is a "failure." While Saddam who has murdered hundreds of thousands is given the benefit of the doubt!
Bob Kemp, USA

So - USA troops have (almost) taken over Baghdad's international airport. Handy that - an international airport in the middle of a war zone. What happened to Saddam Hussein and Co. and their mountain of Weapons of Mass Destruction? Not queuing at the airport check-in desk, were they?
Christopher Hunter, England

Given the humanitarian aims of the coalition forces, can we have an undertaking by the USA and UK that they will not be involved in any oil trade with Iraq once the conflict is over.
Peter Stott, Canterbury, England

The bravery of the UK troops in an inspiration to many of us here in the US. While nobody supports war, it's good to know that such a strong and dependable friend is there to back you up. The world owes a huge debt of thanks to the fighting forces liberating the people of Iraq.
Steve Hall, Santa Clarita, USA

Some people in Iraq want to be liberated and some don't, same as Northern Ireland. You're not going to please everyone no matter what you do. I feel the war was rushed into and the Iraqi people underestimated. My question is who's going to take over once the bad man has been deposed? Is there someone who would be able to take over that the Iraqi people (all of them) would be happy with, or will that person be deposed himself once the US and UK have left?
Nedine, UK

I certainly believe that Saddam Hussein needs to be removed from power, but should also been seen to be put to trial for the crimes that he has committed. Over the past couple of days we have seen nothing of him, apart from what are probably pre-recorded televised reports or statements that he has given to his information minister to read out. Is anyone concerned that he could have done a runner, just like Osama Bin-Laden and is going to turn into a terrorist rather than a leader of a country? Surely it is more difficult to capture a terrorist than capture a President of a country.
Gareth Hall, Coventry, England

It is outrageous that the UK are using cluster bombs near Basra. This will ensure that not only will there be the inevitably high civilian causalities but that after the war the inhabitants of Basra will still be at risk of these bombs exploding. This high-handed attitude is disgusting!
Jo, Brighton, England

I hope the Coalition forces know what they are doing
Bruno Condotta, Italy
I am puzzled at the alleged disappearance of all these Republican Guard divisions. Where are the smoking burned-out tanks one would expect to see? Destroyed armoured vehicles? You remember Kosovo? The allied forces were supposed to have destroyed most of the Yugoslav army (or at least this is what they were telling us), but when the latter withdrew from Kosovo at the end of the war, it was clear that it retained almost all its equipment - INTACT! The Yugoslav army had somewhere to go (a whole free country) - the Iraqis can only go back to Baghdad. Where are tens of thousands of PoWs? It's all a bit strange. I hope the Coalition forces know what they are doing.
Bruno Condotta, Italy

So far there is no evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction even as the American forces are poised to enter Baghdad. The real motive of this war is to destroy an Arab nation which Americans believe is a threat to the existence of Israel and to control the oil resources of Iraq. This battle will be won by America and its allies at a great cost to innocent Iraqi people who are the real victims of this war. Americans have no regard for human lives as they have shown by killing unarmed women and children. Are the American soldiers any different from the terrorists who destroyed World Trade Centre?
Mohammad Shoaib, New Delhi India

Lets face it, Saddam Hussein is in power in Iraq because of Western support for his regime in the past. Is it not time to stop supporting dictatorships? Western governments must face up to the fact that their own foreign policies have been disastrous and have caused all of our present day problems. Their current moral stance in all this now seems so hypocritical to me. We cannot just forget that our governments have been instrumental in causing our current problems with Iraq. Ultimately this means we are responsible for the deaths of our troops and the innocent civilians in Iraq. Saddam may be bad, but we are surely guilty too.
Billy, Port Seton, East Lothian

The British should not use the Cluster Bombs
Varughis John, India
The British should not use the Cluster Bombs as they have signed the Geneva Convention against using them. The Iraqi children may be confused and pick up the unexploded Yellow Bomblets thinking it to be Humanitarian food rations and be killed. Be a little Humane in your aggression.
John Varughis, India

As an ex Royal Marines Commando I think it very perturbing that more UK lives have been lost due to US troops than the Iraqis. There is no doubt in my mined that UK military personnel are more professional, more dedicated and even more so have an 'esprit de corps' unknown to our cousins from across the lake who make up for the lack of all the above with overpowering numbers. Saddam Hussein and his lackeys are evil and must be dealt with but by professionals and not amateurs in uniform.
Peter Glazier, São Paulo, Brazil

The Americans have got us into an unholy mess with this. I suspect the anti-war protesters were right all along. This war was down to the bullet-headed hawks. They brayed callously for this war and they have got it. Now ALL of us have to suffer the consequences.
Allan, Glasgow, Scotland

I never heard anybody in my family complain about the incoming allies, and I still go twice a year and pay my tributes to the soldiers who came and liberated us.
Simon Pierre G., Chaudfontaine, Belgium
After my dad had been a POW for 3 years, my parents lost all their belongings by a stray British bomb missing a bridge in 1942. In 1944, two years of deprivation later, when U.S. troops came into Liege, my parents lost again the new household they had rebuilt with great difficulty when a German tank was made to explode in front of their house. Many civilian people were lost in Belgium; some innocent civilians, some resistant or "terrorists", some "collaborators".

I never heard anybody in my family complain about the incoming allies (except maybe criticising Monty for taking his time), and I still go twice a year and pay my tribute at the cemetery to the soldiers who came and liberated us. Maybe the politicians did have financial interests, but the soldiers came with all their heart and conviction that they were bringing something good for all. I was 5 years old in 1944. As a consequence, I would still be raising my arm for a Nazi's salute, and I would not know better, nor would my grand children.

Saddam built a great educated country, but he forgot to give the educated what education is for: choice. That is what democracy is about, it is worth a few deaths. All democracies paid the price. Hope it will not be necessary in the future, I am afraid that time is not up yet, But let's keep trying.
Simon Pierre G., Chaudfontaine, Belgium

At last some words of wisdom from someone who actually knows what they are talking about. Thank you Simon Pierre G for taking the time to put this into the right context. All the "me generation" commentators who have jumped on the PC bandwagon would do well to read his contribution. There is a historical perspective that tells us that freedom is not an automatic right, it has to be bought and paid for.
Mark, Bath, UK

I am convinced that the war is for good reason. The US and British are doing good things. People and countries supporting terrorism should go. There should not be any doubt about it. The only thing I am worried about is that civilian deaths should be avoided.
Suny, Hyderabad India

The number of innocent civilians killed in the past two weeks of war, is nothing compared to the thousands killed by Saddam in a day. Freedom has its price, but soon the Iraqi people will be free to live life without fear. More lives will be saved than those lost. My heart goes out to the families of our brave troops and to the families in Iraq. Peace will be with you soon. Those who are still against this war, remember this.....you are free and have the right to speak. Now let the Iraqis do the same.
Patrick, Leeds, UK

I think the Iraqi war raises serious questions - where was the UN in the last ten years? Why is the UN always unable to find peaceful solutions for crisis' like Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Iraq? Why have the US and its allies reluctant to free Iraq after the first gulf war? Why has the so-called 'developed' western countries, together with the rich Arab countries, been ignoring the fate of underdeveloped countries for so many years, while terrorism has been growing up from the sand of the Middle East? Why have Arab countries not raised their voice against Saddam, who is killing his own nation? Why do innocent people pay the price for these mistakes?
Illes, Budapest, Hungary

I would just like to say that since 1945 the US has bombed 17 countries. I know that Saddam has killed thousands of people, but how many has American killed as well?
Margarida, Portugal

So where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction? The coalition forces have covered vast areas, and sat in place outside both Baghdad and Basra for several days, sitting ducks for any WMD, if they do exist.
The fact that the US and UK forces have neither found nor been the targets of any WMD makes it increasingly apparent that the Iraqis were telling the truth when they said they no longer had these, and that the whole justification for this invasion is a fabrication.
Bernard, UK

Unlike John, it didn't take my hairstylist to make me realise that the world would be a better place without Saddam. Surely his willingness to torture and murder his own people and sponsorship of terrorism made this a forgone conclusion
Charlie, London

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