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Saddam's sons: Should bodies be shown?
A cameraman films a corpse said to be of former dictator Saddam Hussein's son, Uday

The United States has invited TV crews to film the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein lying in a morgue.

Photographs and film are being revealed by the US military to prove Saddam's two sons were killed in a gun battle which involved 200 American soldiers supported by helicopters.

The release of the photos and footage has caused much debate in Washington and on Arabic television, as the US does not usually publish pictures of dead combatants and objected when dead US troops were shown on the Arabic Al-Jazeera TV channel during the war.

Does it show double standards to broadcast images of the dead men? Does proving the deaths end Saddam's dynasty?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.

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

These photos had to be shown to prove the fall of the two sons
Femi, UK
Maybe it is time to praise both Bush and Blair for their courage in tackling this issue. One cannot wait for more and more Iraqis to die before something is finally done. These photos had to be shown to prove the fall of the two sons.
Femi, UK

It was important to provide photographic identification of Qusay and Uday in order to help alleviate some of the horror that they symbolise to their vassals and victims. The recent acknowledgement of their identity by resistance leaders, and apparently even by Saddam makes any debate over their identity pointless.
Dominic, Belize, Central America

No I do not think that dead bodies should be shown but in this case it is different. Proof had to be given to the Iraqi people that these two horrific individuals were gone once and for all and end the fear that the old regime could come back.
M. Bueno, France

I think they were forced to do this
Max, UK
The US were damned if they did and damned if they didnt, I am afraid. Although very gruesome I think they were forced to do this to prove, once and for all, that the Saddam regime is really, and truly over. Ok, Saddam is still on the run but his sons were a major lintel propping the regime up so their death should hopefully make the Iraqi's realise they have now really thrown off that terrible yoke of oppression and death.
Max, UK

What is the world coming to? We are not advancing. We are regressing. Why are we so angry today at others who do not agree with us? Where is the diplomacy of intelligent leaders who can make this a better world without blood-shed and blowing each other up. I am so ashamed to see mothers' children killing other mothers' children. Is this what we are today? We are just a bunch of hypocrites tossing evil names and bombs at each other. Where is this going to get us? If we keep this up, the human race will be an endangered species.
Adele Toole, U.S.A.

No. Saddam's sons bodies should not be shown. There are countries who are against the US and Americans who oppose our current leadership. How would we feel if another country televised and exploited our leader's death across the country? We would definitely be ready to retaliate forcefully. I feel that we should complete our mission and send our soldiers back home to their families and stop acting like thugs fighting for power.
Terri, USA

The men should have been captured and tried
Adam Heriba, USA
The US is obviously very hypocritical for showing the bodies. The men should have been captured and tried anyway. As for attacks on American troops, they will only increase.
Adam Heriba, USA

The US authorities cannot win in this situation. If they do not show the photos they will be accused of being liars by those who do not believe that Uday and Qusay are dead and if they do show the photos they are being "barbaric".
Boris Forey, Australia

It's right for the US to show photos of dead Iraqis but wrong for Iraq to show photos of dead US men. You see what I mean? Nonsense.
Terence, Zimbabwe

If the US government was so critical of Arab television for showing pictures of the dead, why is this acceptable? There is great respect for the dead in the Arab world (unlike the US), and I would think this would be highly inappropriate. Why not just ask the UN to release a DNA report confirming the bodies? Would that not give validity to something from this war? Oh, and if their father had body doubles, why wouldn't they? I find it hard to believe these men were still relaxing in the country. Pictures just aren't enough proof.
Jyl, USA

As Iraqi I am very happy
Rashid Jaff, UK
As Iraqi I am very happy and I think the Iraqis would like the heads of these two and hopefully soon their dad be displayed on poles in centre Baghdad
Rashid Jaff, UK

America's action have made them equal to the terrorists.killing the two brothers THAT way and releasing their photos has gone against every belief that makes us proud of our mature western culture. I sympathize with all thinking Americans for the decisions taken by their leaders.
Carmela Mazza, South Africa

According to me it is nessary that u.s shows the photo,because it will show the iraqs people that sadam is not comming back to power

Is it appropriate to show photos of the corpses Uday and Qusay? Absolutely. This is what war does to human beings, to their faces, to their bodies. Anyone who supported this war but is repulsed by the pictures needs to reconsider what it means to support a war. We need more photos like this to remind us how truly horrible war is, and to do a better job avoiding it in the future.
Adam C. Kotlarczyk, US

Satisfaction for the Iraqi people that suffered years of abuse & torture,they may not have found the weapons of mass distruction yet but at least these IDIOTS are now no longer able to inflict suffering on anymore Iraqi's.
Emma Davies, Mid Glamorgan

We all know that these were dangerous and evil men, but two wrongs will never make it right
Ally, UK
To show these pictures is completley barbaric!! We all know that these were dangerous and evil men, but two wrongs will never make it right. This disgusts me!!!
Ally, UK

Respect for the dead, enemy or no enemy is a sign of civilization and respect for God. Displaying the pictures is brutal and shameful.
Tina, USA

Because everybody has right to know the end of the ghost.
Dipak Panta, Nepal

How is the showing of photographs of Saddam Hussein's sons bodies any different to the Aarabic TV channel's display of pictures of dead American soldiers? This caused outrage in Washington as a breach of human rights and all that is decent. Seemingly, the Americans can ignore their own standards if it suits their propoganda war.
Sarah, england

I understand the Iraqi people would need to see positive proof of the death of these 2 people - but we in the west have no need forthe pictures to be plastered all over the front pages of our newspapers and on our television screens.
alan jacobson, u.k.

The Americans have shown their total ignorance of the Middle East
Sam Rosa, Jordan
The Americans have shown their total ignorance of the Middle East and its people. Parading the pictures of the two dead sons will do nothing to calm the situation in Iraq. On the contrary, it will enrage many people even those who hated Saddam and his dynasty. The Americans have ignored one essential rule in this part of the world which is respect to the dead by burying them as soon as possible. This exposes the falsehood of the so-called civilised America.
Sam Rosa, Jordan

The US has of today lost any moral right to criticise Arab television for showing American casualties. The hipocrisy is amazing
Alex Walsh, UK

When Princess Diana died people were horrified that graphic images were released. These may be wanted men but does this make the US government any better than the Paparazzi? Particularly when, as many of the comments here point out that it actually prove anything.
Victoria, UK

We all agree the sons are bad people but why display their bodies? Why do they have to pull an old metal piece that supported the leg of one of the sons? It's not enough that the bodies had 20 or more bullet holes. We have to pull this rod out of his leg and shave his hair. Are we any different from those gangs in Somalia that paraded 10 or so of our soldiers in downtown Somalia? Weren't these gangs trying to prove to their people that they killed 10 US soldiers?
Kevin Flemming, US

The US seems to think they are doing Iraq and the world a favour by waging this war, but they forget one of history's most important lessons: democracy cannot be given - it must be taken.
Don, Canada

If they had to show the video, why show the bodies virtually naked in such inhumane conditions? People who agree with the pictures and video being splashed in the media, need lessons in humanity, decency and compassion for human rights.
Aly, Pakistan

It's all very easy for people living in free countries to jump on their moral high-horses and criticise how these guys were killed and the publication of the photos. Why don't they stop thinking about themselves and think about what the Iraqi people want? What they actually want is to have the bodies dragged through the streets or their heads on poles so I think these bleeding-heart, political-correctness obsessed 'champions of the moral cause' should be grateful that the US has not given them everything they want.
Nik, UK

Revenge will follow eventually by Saddam's loyalists
Y Ubaidi, UK/Iraqi
Releasing those photos is disgusting and has very serious consequences. Iraq is one of very few countries in the world where you should have avoided doing that. Revenge will follow eventually by Saddam's loyalists no matter how long it will take. Showing the photos will change nothing. The USA supported Saddam in the 80s and subjected us to barbaric bombing and sanctions in the 90s and they can not be trusted.
Y Ubaidi, UK/Iraqi

My nine-year-old daughter and I were confronted with these pictures this morning whilst filling the car with petrol. Both she and I were very distressed. I am sure that there is a need for people of Iraq to understand that these two men are dead, but do we really need to see them especially in such a public place.
Beckie Skirrow, England

I am disgusted that the photos were published on TV especially before the watershed. Since when is murder something to be proud about? Yes these people were tyrants and monsters and deserved to be locked up forever, but what have we as humanity lost in this unabashed celebration of murder?

To display grotesque pictures of the US military's hunting trophies is unacceptable by any decent human standards. Treating human bodies as casually as road kill just supports the belief in the heavy handed insensitive bully-boy tactics of the US. Imagine the outrage if these were pictures of our soldiers' mutilated bodies splattered across the media. Do we not care that these are pictures our own children see and judge their world by? Is this democracy? Wouldn't a stronger message be to see these men on trial? Assassinating these guys sets them up as martyrs and opens us up to further hatred and terrorism. And after the drought of evidence so far supporting reasons for this war, aren't we about ready to hear some concrete proof of what we're told by the spin doctors?

It is the Iraqi people's right to have closure
Matt Joyce, United States
I personally am glad to know for certain these guys are dead. That is not easy for me to say. It's an abject failure for all involved in any situation when someone dies. But, the amount of good done to the people who lived in fear of this regime for so long really does challenge the idea that murder is an absolute wrong. Pictures are horrifying. But, we did kill these people. Every American bears responsibility for their death. We should have to face the horror we have dealt to these men. I simply hope Americans are not desensitised enough to not realise how much of a tragedy it is for any person's life to end in such a violent fashion. It's our responsibility to see what we've done. And it is the Iraqi people's right to have closure. I support the decision against my own preference, and conscience.
Matt Joyce, United States

I believe that the pictures reveal the last images of two evil people. I hope that the majority of Iraqi people can live each day now with less fear than before. Releasing the pictures was the RIGHT thing to do. It was the only thing to do. Otherwise there would be doubt. And even now with the pictures there is doubt. But let's hope that this will end the fear of the Iraqi people and allow a country to live in freedom.
Joan, United States

I find it interesting that some of the responses make it seem as if the US is gloating about having killed these brothers and that they used "cowboy" diplomacy when they attacked the compound. Face the facts, Iraq is a war zone and the two brothers were soldiers in the now ousted regime. The brothers chose to fight and they lost. If you do not like the pictures then do not look at them. Maybe some of you do not need pictorial proof but have respect for the others in this world who do.

Another point to those who lament the loss of potential information on WMD. If the US had taken the brothers alive to interrogate them for information many of the same people would accuse the US of torturing them and holding them like the other suspected militants housed in northern Cuba. Any way you look at it, the US can not appease everyone in this world community.
Chris Horn, Canada

This is clearly not the same as when the Iraqis showed photos of captured GIs
Bob Cooper, Canada
This is clearly not the same as when the Iraqis showed photos of captured GIs. This was for the sole purpose of showing the people of Iraq that they have nothing more to fear from these sociopathic killers. To the people who think they should have been taken alive, not only is this war, but they fired first. If that isn't enough stop and think of all the cold-blooded murders these 2 have committed. Give your heads a shake.
Bob Cooper, Canada

Of course it is necessary to show photos to prove the deaths. Otherwise, there would always be a shadow of doubt. For those who are offended; I suggest you take off your "rose coloured glasses" and join the real world, it can be an ugly place.
Kate Nurre, Kuwait

While I agree that these images are disturbing, I support the release of these photos. Al Jazeera television shows this type of stuff regularly. In that part of the world it is accepted. Those in the US who say it should not be shown on TV in the US are right. So take that finger of blame off the US Administration and place it on all the media folks who on one hand call it repugnant, but on the other hand would never miss out on the ratings.
John Parker, USA

Why not release the photos? What's the big deal? Aren't the movies we watch considerably more graphic? What hypocrisy! So all of a sudden we are "puritans" and the press decides what we can and cannot see as they continue to manufacture the news!
Carol Carbine, USA

Most of the Iraqis don't seem to be offended by them at all
Staff Sergeant, US Air Force
As a staff sergeant in the US air force, I wasn't sure showing that showing the pictures was legal according to the Geneva Convention. Later, having Iraqis either show faith in or question the pictures doesn't make it legal, but it makes me feel better about them being released. Most of the Iraqis don't seem to be offended by them at all and all they want is to get to the bottom of it. Iraqis want to be free from Saddam, of course they would like for us to leave eventually as well so they truly can be free. This is a step in that general direction for both.

If both of them are dead then there is no doubt that it is a huge blow to the former Saddam's regime. However, it will become extremely damaging for the US administration, if one or both of them are found alive. Dead bodies in photo do resemble Uday and Qusay. I am sure DNA analyses have been done on the bodies before the release of their photos. The credibility of Bush administration is running low already on its inability to find the Weapons of mass destruction. A false claim of such a big magnitude could plunge remaining support of the Bush administration. Let's hope that the photos are real. Only time will tell if Iraqis will cheer this news or they will become more hostile towards the US forces.
Alex, USA

Both times rumours have surfaced that Saddam and/or his sons have been killed, your readers demanded proof of death. Now when they are given proof of death, they complain it was too graphic. Had no proof been given, it would have been called a lie. This game is easy to learn: whatever the US does is not only wrong; but an outrage.
John Huettner, USA

They would be far more valuable as prisoners than pictures
Ronin Hyde, USA
It seems to me they would be far more valuable as prisoners than pictures. In custody their allies would have to wonder how much information is being extracted from them. They could be brought before an Iraqi court in great publicity of the US both rebuilding the police/judicial system and showing that the victims should determine their fate. How can they be martyrs if they are killed, after a trial, by their own people? As it stands now they are (allegedly) just dead and dead people have vastly limited uses.
Ronin Hyde, USA

I think it was right for the US to issue the photos since the Iraqi people don't seem to believe what they are told. This is no doubt a legacy from the days of Saddam Hussein's rule. My problem is this. When the British and US soldiers were killed, and filmed by Al Jazeera, in the main the UK media decided not to publish images to preserve the dignity of the casualties, and the feelings of friends, relatives and comrades in arms. I'm disgusted at the double standard now emerging, where, on prime time TV, these images are being rammed down our throats. Surely it should be enough that we know the images are available, and if we, or the Iraqis really want to see them, we can do so?
Bob Ward, England

The only proof that will convince me is a DNA test. The mother only needs to give a sample and if half or more of the indicators I identical then that is it for me. Unless Saddams DNA is available this will be the closest we could get to proof. The DNA test should be done by a neutral body not coalition partners.
Andrew, UK

The key question is whether Uday and Qusay led the resistance against the coalition troops
Topi Lappalainen, Finland
Obviously the key question is whether Uday and Qusay led the resistance against the coalition troops. If all they really did was hide, this will have no impact whatsoever. There should have been a stronger effort to capture them alive; killing Qusay's 14-year-old son is especially bad publicity for the US. Saying that this was done with the help of the Iraqis is questionable given the thirty million dollars paid for Uday's and Qusay's heads. Is bounty hunting really a part of modern justice? At the end of the day, Saddam is still out there and these sons probably did his cause more harm than good, anyway. Before these photos, nobody felt sorry for Uday and Qusay. After these photos, who knows?
Topi Lappalainen, Finland

I find it interesting that the US Government released these photos at the same time the congressional investigation into 9/11 was released to the media. They seemed to appear on the BBC website at the same time as each other with the photos getting top billing and all the attention. The US governments failings on 9/11 are far more important and a far bigger issue than the deaths of two men whose days were numbered anyway.
Richard, UK

Showing the pictures was necessary in a world where we believe less and less what our leaders have to say. Blair and Bush tried to persuade us that there were WMD in Iraq, yet so far we have seen no evidence. If they said that Saddam’s sons were dead, should we believe them? They said it about Chemical Ali, yet from news reports I have seen over the recent weeks that has proved to be wrong. It is all down to trusting our leaders and going on past performance that is something that is in short supply.
Martyn Roberts, UK

Iraqi resistance to American and British "occupation" will continue
Brian Copeland, United Kingdom
I don't think the photos are clear enough to prove who the corpses are. Iraqi resistance to American and British "occupation" (as they see it) will continue as it is a fundamentalist religious issue and not just related to Saddam Hussein rule. Until the religious hatred from Islamic extremists is changed - which is highly unlikely in our lifetimes - attacks on Western cultures will continue. I think it is up to other Islamic and Arab nations to pull together and try to convince extremists that the road of violence is not the way to have the views heard.
Brian Copeland, United Kingdom

Not much different to heads on sticks in the Tower of London
Christina, England
Have we genetic proof of identity? We've heard all along that all Saddam's closest family had doubles and it would make sense for the doubles to be altered suitably to match the dental records of the family. Unless DNA tests can prove they really are his sons it will be hard to convince the world. As for showing photos of what appear to be badly beaten bodies - bad move. Not much different to heads on sticks in the Tower of London some 500 years ago.
Christina, England

The Western populous wouldn't recognise Uday from Qusay
Fai Lee, UK
Absolutely no difference. The vast majority of the Western populous wouldn't recognise Uday from Qusay and as such it's pointless to show photos of them killed. It was callous of the US military to release the photos but equally the press do not necessarily have to publish them in order to satisfy the morbid curiosity of a readership in hopes of elevated sales while the story is being milked.
Fai Lee, United Kingdom

These photos must be released. If you consider impact of the grim truth of having no dignity in death coupled with the deterrent value then this is something the world had to see. All I can say is the time has come for the world to fight terrorism, oppression and dictatorship using full and swift force. After all the peace loving majority didn't ask for it.
Doug, UK

Do you remember the confusion over poor quality Bin Laden video? Or maybe the doubts over Saddam broadcasts? Well I do, and I also remember the US making comments about the video quality. If this is supposed to be the proof the Iraqi people need, why were the bodies not cleaned up, shaved and presented in a more identifiable and civilised way?
Stan Wade, UK

To kill two sources of potentially huge insider knowledge on everything WMD in Iraq, and the possible whereabouts of the father, is downright foolish. To do so only after six hours when you have the greater fire power, far, far greater numbers, and better technology in the way of helicopters backing you up, is total incompetence.

And to now show photos of horrid, battered corpses is disgusting in the highest degree... It is also highly hypocritical, since exactly the sort of thing the coalition cried about when Iraq did it. Then again, we should know by now that anything coming out of that war and now the glorious occupation will only turn one's stomach and make one lose one's last remnants of belief in true democracy.
Kate W. Trenkel, Egypt

If these photos were supposed to be proof of Uday and Qusay's death then they should've been cleaned up so that they were more recognisable. Frankly, it's pretty difficult to make out who's who with the bushy beards and the blood stained faces. So I have no problem with the idea of showing photos as proof of death, just not too impressed with the implementation.

The people of Iraq have asked for this kind of display of our claims
Fred, USA
I believe it is vitally important to release these photos. It is the most conclusive proof of what has happened that can be presented to a sceptical audience. Yes it can be called vulgar and barbaric but, the people of Iraq have asked for this kind of display of our claims.
Fred, United States of America

This horrific display takes me back to the days when Somalis dragged America's dead through the streets of Mogadishu. This Third World tradition of parading the dead is beneath us as Americans and I find it shameful that the current administration would stoop to such stupid displays of machismo. Long gone are the days of decorous American behaviour.
Eric Spears, USA

I guess Eric Spears believes all Third World countries go around parading the dead in a dishonourable way. For your information Mr Spears, having been born and bred in a "barbaric" Third World country myself, I can safely put your fears to calm. Not all Third World countries have these "traditions" you mention. I'm not sure any country has them. Its just the actions of some barbaric people.
Bijaya, USA/Nepal

I am disgusted that I have no choice but to see these photos published on my homepage. I thought BBC had more dignity than the American press, which is why I rely on BBC for ALL news. I am not Iraqi and no one needs to prove anything to me! It is a sad day for journalism.
Chris Tanner, US

I don't think it is right to show photos of dead humans, but I think that it was necessary under the circumstances. I see people here who have been saying that this was brutal and that they should have been taken alive and tried it clearly wasn't possible. Though I agree that they should have not had the privilege to get out of paying for all of the suffering of Iraq's people, I feel very confident that it wasn't a possible option. Now, I just feel that the US troops should get out of Iraq. If they fail at stabilizing their country now, they can't say that we didn't want to stay and help them. I just hope that President Bush is not endangering me and my fellow Americans more by trying to protect us.
Michelle Martinez, California, United States

They wanted to die rather than be captured
Jim, Texas, USA
I'd like to know how many of the people saying the brothers should have been captured have ever been in a firefight where their own life was on the line? The troops did the right thing to protect themselves as much as possible when it was clear Uday and Qusay were not going to surrender. They wanted to die rather than be captured, and it's darned hard to capture a heavily armed and entrenched person who wants to die. Use of overwhelming firepower is a good idea when possible. The objective is to win and come out alive, not to give the enemy a chance to shoot you, just so someone sitting safely at a keyboard thousands of miles away will think you "played fair". Don't judge the troops unless you've been there yourself.
Jim, Texas, USA

I believe it was right to release the pictures, however once again US foreign policy has shown a lack of agility. I would like to see the US treat its enemies with greater respect than they do, as this would inspire greater respect from those that might sympathise with those enemies. Even criminals are deserving of a decent and proper burial, according to their customs.
Jesse Williamson, US

Releasing these photos was a good idea. It boosts US and UK military morale. It will convince some Iraqis that they are dead. In a country ruled by fear of this tyrannical family this is a good thing. Furthermore, it will boost the morale and courage of those Iraqis who are struggling to build democracy in that country. It is another symbolic break from a terrible past. Finally it will be crushing to the morale of those forces of the ousted Saddam regime and help to break their will to offer resistance.
Jonty Crossick, England

It strikes me as rather bizarre that we in the West have the ability to view such pictures with detachment, joy, celebration and indeed vindication as if we were browsing through the pages of our own collection of family photos. We have already become immune to watching harrowing images of war or starvation as we sip our cup of tea and nibble a biscuit unaffected by the reality of struggle in life and death. There has been no victory won in the release of these photos. Rather, we only see a subtle insight into the depths the Bush administration are willing to go to justify their war.
Philip Reilly, Canada

It should certainly hasten the end of the regime's hold over Iraq
L Pretty, Canada
The photos should have definitely been released. It is a powerful way to show the Iraqi people that these hated vermin are gone forever. It should certainly hasten the end of the regime's hold over Iraq. They received what they meted out to many innocents. If you live by the sword with disregard for human life, some greater being will bring the same back to roost.
L Pretty, Canada

It is unbelievable to me the level of naivety displayed in some of these comments. These troops would have taken the Hussein brothers alive if they could, but it proved to be impossible. 4 soldiers were injured in the fight. Uday appears to have committed suicide. These brave allied troops are trying their best, and deserve accolades for their bravery.
Jeremy, United States

I view the releasing of these photos as another example of the double standards of the Bush administration. The rise in anti-Americanism around the world can be attributed to such callous reactionary tactics by an administration that, while preaching it's moral authority, falls into the same trappings as those it criticizes.
Mark R., US

I am torn regarding publishing the photos. I think it is necessary to gain the trust and support of Anti-Saddam Iraqis. However, I find publishing the photos disgraceful and disrespectful to the dead, which could inflame Pro-Saddam Iraqis. This is a very delicate issue, one in which I think the risk was well worth (hopefully) gaining support from the majority of Iraqis.
Sarah Martin, Pennsylvania, United States of America

These two individuals are not commons soldiers, their deaths are symbolic
Julio, USA
I'd like to know why no one is writing that Saddam's 14 year old grandson was also killed? I heard this from Baghdad on public radio the first day and never again. In my opinion it is news. Regarding whether the pictures should be shown, it seems reasonable to do it, as these two individuals are not commons soldiers, their deaths are symbolic of (hopefully) some level of relative safety and peace of mind for their enemies. (their enemies being anyone who spoke against them.)
Julio, USA

These are not professional photos are they? And there is no theme. I think Bush should have cut Qusay's head and hold it up as if to express revenge. That would be a correct expression of what is meant. I never thought we would have such primitive hatred in modern times. Yeah, it is a war between civilization and barbarism, and apparently civilization is not winning.
Ozgur, US

In reading what some of your readers have stated thus far about the photos, I think some of them are missing the point on why they were distributed to begin with. They are being displayed, not out of a sense of machismo, but because a large number of Iraqi's stated that they wanted proof that the brothers are dead. Thankfully, they are.

The pictures are stomach churning. If it was necessary to publish them so the Iraqi's would be shown proof of their deaths so be it, but did every world news service have to be given the pictures to show the world? My question to the folks who wanted them alive is. Whose court would you have put them on trial in? What country would have to house them for the rest of their lives when they are found guilty?
Rich Gilson, USA

As far as I am concerned we have found two WMD's and eliminated them
Tim Hutchings, USA
I don't know if the pictures should have been released or not, but tend to think they should have. Maybe this will cause some Iraqi people to feel a little more safe in there own country. As far as ending Saddam's dynasty I think that has already happened. The killing of Uday and Qusay is definitely justified because of the resistance they gave to being arrested. America is FREE because we don't let suspected criminals shoot at us and not shoot back with overwhelming force. As far as I am concerned we have found two WMD's and eliminated them.
Tim Hutchings, USA

Thank you for ridding our country of these brutal idiots. Never again will Iraqis need to fear them. Yes it was necessary to show us the bodies - we needed real proof that they were gone forever.
Hassan, Iraq

I don't think these horrific pictures should be shown anymore than I would like to see the Iraqis gloating over the deaths of American or British war casualties by exploiting the media. The US were very quick to give the proof people wanted regarding the deaths of these 2 evil men, Why aren't they so quick to show the world pictures and evidence of the weapons of mass destruction Iraq was meant to have stockpiled?
Stephen, Northern Ireland

As I am Iraqi, I feel very happy when I see these pictures. It gives the trust that US forces really want to end the entire old regime. Those brothers killed thousands of Iraqis with their father. In each house in Iraq, Mostly in Baghdad and the Southern areas of Iraq, there is a victim of Qusay and Uday. These pics will put off the fire of revenge. Big thanks to the US forces for this job. We will make a party in Baghdad for this event.
Hasanen Nawfal, Iraq

This action endangers the treatment of our troops in the future
Adeogun, US
If it was a crime when the Iraqis allowed pictures of dead U.S. solders to be aired, it is a crime when the U.S. does the same (be it for propaganda or for information, noting that both are the same). We follow rules so that when our troops are in the same situation we have grounds to demand their proper treatment. This action endangers the treatment of our troops in the future.
Adeogun, US

I have no problem with the photos. It proves that the sons of Saddam are indeed dead. Since the first President Bush pulled out of Iraq back in '91 without finishing the job and let Saddam & Sons kill thousands of Iraqi citizens, the Iraqis don't trust the USA. I don't blame them for that. This is one step toward proving that the USA means business and intends to clean up that mess and stay there until it is done.
Diane Evans, USA

The release of these photos, regardless of whether they are actually photos of the dead Hussein brothers, show how desperate the US is for legitimacy in Iraq and to bring the situation under control.
Jane S, USA

Displaying the dead men's pictures is just another example of the Bush administration's lack of class. Uday and Qusay may have been evil, but to use that as justification for releasing the pictures holds no water. I think the US made more enemies with this act than it did with many others. Expect to see sickening photos of dead Americans splashed around the world when the opportunity arises for anti-US people.
Maidin Bacha, Malaysia

These images merely show the world that Westerners are interested in brutal revenge
Elaine, UK
I find it difficult to believe that Uday and Qusay would risk being at the same location. Surely they would have remained at separate locations in the slim hope of one of them having the chance to regain power? These images merely show the world that Westerners are interested in brutal revenge rather than civilised justice.
Elaine , UK

If I were an Iraqi, I certainly would want proof that these sadistic maniacs had been killed. The sensibilities of the Western world were correctly tossed aside in favour of a greater purpose.
Allen, USA

I think these photos are unnecessary. It is a shame that this has to happen to people and it is even more of a shame that they have to post pictures online of dead corpses. The value of life is decreasing daily, must we shame these people even more than they have shamed us?
Meghan Mulcahy, United States

I agree with the release of the photos. In a country which has been beset by promises of change only to experience greater reprisals from these brothers, I cannot see any other way to give proof positive to them that these two men will be unable to exact violence against them. Of course, many will dispute the pictures. But I don't think Albert Einstein showing these people that 2 plus 2 equals 4 would convince them, either!!
Bill Vincent, USA

Immortalized in the media, their defiance of the US to the bitter end will encourage others
Glenn Barker, Canada
The biggest mistake the US administration has made recently is just such iconification of people like the Hussein family and Osama bin Laden. Whilst displaying the dead bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons might provide some reassurance and closure to the victims of the previous Iraqi regime, the danger is that the battlefield deaths of these men might now prove a more vivid memory. Immortalized in the media, their defiance of the US to the bitter end will encourage others, and draw new recruits into the resistance war against the occupying forces.
Glenn Barker, Canada

These photo will offend most of the people in Baghdad and they will show sympathy to Saddam.
Tony Bilal, Mexico

Yes, it would have been advantageous to capture them alive. The amount of intelligence that could have been extracted from them must have been significant. However, four US soldiers were wounded and it was apparent they would not be taken alive. They got their wish. They got what they deserved. I've read enough reports of their combined atrocities to feel confident in that statement.
Brian, USA

Absolutely, the photos should have been released, although it doesn't signify the end of the regime until Saddam himself is killed or captured. Personally I would have liked to see them captured and subjected to the brutality of an Iraqi mob, but these were men who knew their perilous position and they would not have given up at for anything.
Matt, USA

I find the pictures of the mass graves of Iraq extremely disturbing compared to these pictures
I do not have a problem with the photographs being released. We were warned that when they were released they would be disturbing. I find the pictures of blood soaked torture chambers and the mass graves of Iraq extremely disturbing compared to these pictures. re: Qusay's son, his father could have surrendered him to the US troops, but he chose not too. The boy had been raised as his father and uncle had been and would fight to the death rather than be taken alive by the enemy.

I don't think its a good idea to publish pictures of dead bodies no matter what they have done in their life like Uday and Qusay, who both have butchered 1000's of innocent people.
Starskey, UK

It is my opinion that these photos needed to be released as evidence of their deaths. Perhaps these photos and the deaths of Saddam's sons will ease the tension that is now ever present in Iraq. Maybe the Iraqi people will finally embrace the occupation instead of murdering US soldiers who are unwillingly there to protect and secure the region.
Jared, USA

At first I was somewhat opposed to the US was in Iraq. However, now that I have further educated myself about the many human-rights atrocities that occurred at the hands of Saddam and his two sons I am far more supportive of the US efforts to take down the Baathist regime. And as for the missing WMD, I say if we find them, great, if not, oh well. I just want to see pictures of Saddam in the same state as his two devilish sons.
Tee, US

It is misleading to believe that showing death will bring more peace to Iraq
J, Germany
I think there is nothing wrong with showing these photos, but I think it is misleading to believe that showing death will bring more peace to Iraq. Peace should be fostered by showing what is good about it, not by threatening what will happen to people otherwise. This will evoke only more anger and violence. Recent attacks on US troops are proof of that. The US government should concentrate not only on pursuing Iraqi former leaders and then loudly publicising it as a victory, but show and loudly speak about what real positive changes it brought to people there.
J, Germany

So if the US shows the photos then we are scum and if the US doesn't show the photos then we are liars. Seems to me that is very popular and so very easy to criticise the US for whatever it does and/or doesn't do these days. However. in this case, I think it provides some comfort for those that did suffer under their hands and that's good enough reason to show the photos.
Chuck , USA

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