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Can the violence in Iraq be stopped?
Residents leaving Falluja
American forces are starting to withdraw from Falluja following a month of bloody clashes with rebels.

A new Iraqi force led by one of Saddam Hussein's former generals, is expected to move into the city while the US keeps a presence on the outskirts.

Coalition military chiefs hope the force will have more success in rooting out insurgents.

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Falluja, a predominantly Sunni Muslim city, has been a hotbed of resistance to the US-led occupation of Iraq.

Can there be an end to the violence in Iraq? Will the coalition be ready to hand over power by 30 June?


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

Violence will not stop as long as there is an occupation with conflicting ideologies
Johfel, Newcastle, UK
Violence is inevitable. Violence will not stop as long as there is an occupation with conflicting ideologies.
Johfel, Newcastle, UK

Yes, but American troops have to leave Iraq. After seeing the abhorrent pictures of American soldiers abusing Iraqis, it has clearly shown that American forces are not fit to police Iraq. Their presence there is worsening the situation. Let the more experienced European forces deal with the mess America has made of Iraq.
Jeff, London

This is the time for the United Nation to play a major role to select an interim government for Iraq and take a full responsibly for political role in Iraq and leave the security part to the coalition. The coalition have to keep security very tight and not leave until the job is done. If they leave before they will create a vacuum and possibly civil war in Iraq. The coalition should share the security job with the Iraqi Army and let the Iraqis take the full responsibly of the security before June 30.
Sasi R. Zenen, Ajelat,Tripoli,Libya

If we cannot keep soldiers from torturing prisoners, how can other forms of violence in Iraq be stopped?
Lisa, USA

As long as fundamental extremists like George Bush insist on their moral right to impose their own agendas on others the violence will continue.
Marilyn, Canada

The coalition does not have the moral authority to end the violence
Tyrone, Cincinnati, USA

The coalition does not have the moral authority to end the violence. Most Iraqis would rather have an Iraqi military dictatorship than a US democracy. Imposing a deadline for transferring sovereignty is asking for failure. There has to be someone to hand over power to. If an Iraqi leader gains enough broad based support, the violence can be minimized as Iraq reinvents itself.
Tyrone, Cincinnati, USA

Can there be an end to the violence in Iraq? Yes, if the United Nations takes the complete charge of the situation...Oh, you mean like in Kosovo and et. al.
Barbara Weber, Dayton, Ohio

How can you stop the violence if you're occupied by a ruthless invader that only cares about OIL OIL OIL????
DL, NY, NY

Overwhelming force seems to be Bush's answer to everything. There's violence in Iraq so let's send in some more troops. The violence there is going to continue until we find some way to demonstrate we're not there as conquerors. Ideally we should pull out and let a neutral body (i.e. the UN) try to sort things out. On the other hand, Britain could pull out and leave George Junior to pick up his own toy soldiers.
Neil, Edinburgh, Scotland

The causes of conflict over there are so complicated they simply boggle my mind
Joy, Atlanta, USA
I try not to be cynical but there has been war in the fertile crescent for thousands of years. The causes of conflict over there are so complicated they simply boggle my mind, it is more than just religion involved here fuelling the fire. I don't think the US or the UN will be able to solve anything. I predict a civil war and continued slaughter. I have no answers for how to achieve peace. I hope someone else does, for the sake of the Iraqi people.
Joy, Atlanta, USA

I'm a bit confused, The US/UK invasion was to "liberate" the Iraqi's from the evils of Saddam, after destroying the country with "Smart bomb's" and 700 plus soldiers killed, the US now hands the policing of Falluja back to the same troops who were, it was claimed to be oppressing them, have I missed something?
Tony Sorace, Grenada, ex UK/US

The only way out for the Coalition under the US is to hand over power to a UN led force. The Americans and the British troops will never be welcome as they are seen as occupiers rather than liberators. Now with the release of pictures depicting the humiliating treatment being meted out to captured Iraqis the situation will get worse for the coalition forces. The extremely lopsided view of President Bush which started the war, against the wishes of the International community and the UN, has created such a mess and distrust that attacks against foreign troops ,in Iraq, will continue for some time to come.
Arif Sayed, Dubai,UAE






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