America's future and the upcoming events in the middle east will be decided in their upcoming election. If Bush wins he will probably stay his course and most likely go after Iran or North Korea next. If Kerry wins they will still be in Iraq but they are guaranteed to be out during his four year election time at the very least

Steven, Canada

Last I heard, the UN doesn't want it.

When a nation occupies another nation, regardless of the reason, and the local population fights against them it is not a civil war.

Glenn, US

Harrison Fisher, US

Don't expect Bush to ever leave Iraq; the US government policy is to have permanent bases in Iraq in order to completely dominate the Middle East and turn it into a US slave-oriented area.

Jack, US

Far from civil war, the 'worst' case scenario for the US forces in Iraq for 2005 would be for the insurgency to succeed in kicking the US out; and only when they are gone will there be a possibility for true democracy in Iraq. All the lying that they do about the situation in Iraq will back-fire on them, because reality will hit them hard.

Juan Blandon, US

It is time for those in decision-making positions to listen to the whole truth (not what one man is saying) and develop a strategy that will be the closest to a win/win for all. I am so deeply upset with the war in the first place and then to have it in the present state is deplorable. So many losses, so much heart ache, and how so many are and will be suffering for "some" who are not accepting reality.

D Josaitis, US

The Iraqi people must realise that the majority of people in the UK were against the invasion of Iraq. And we grieve for all those who have died on all sides. We hope that good people in the US will remove Mr Bush in November; we shall certainly try to vote out Mr Blair in 2005 and hope he goes before then.

Mike Stephenson, UK

I agree with Dr Mustafa al-Bazergan about the fact that a false picture of Iraq is being aired; it is not a civil war it's a united uprising against a foreign force. However, one has to ask what is the difference between the US and UN? What difference will they make?

Ole Hussain, UK


Does Dr Bazergan really believe that the UN would take control of Iraq? Would a UN controlled Iraq solve the insurgency or just change the face of the "enemy"?

Would love to believe that it's possible to minimize further death and violence - just seems implausible.

Steve, US

I believe, and many British people believe, that we have been conned and lied to over the war in Iraq. Tony Blair stated that the justification for going to war was the threat from WMDs. Blair has since conceded that there are no WMDs in Iraq, so it follows naturally that there was no justification for the war in the first place. However Bush and Blair will never admit this.

John Aspinall, UK

Clearly the US has no intention of getting out of Iraq any time soon. Despite their claims that they would like to leave as soon as they have restored "stability", they continue to build permanent military bases using money earmarked for "reconstruction".

So, if America's real agenda is to stay in Iraq (and we know that it is) - but they have told everyone they will leave once there is stability, you don't have to be a genius to see whose interest it is in for there to be chaos and "civil war"?

Unfortunately, even though the Iraqi people are mostly smart enough to "follow the money", the US domestic audience is far too stupefied by their media fantasy of "America the right" and "America the good" to perceive the true terrorism being perpetuated in their name.

The Iraqi people must realise that the majority of people in the UK were against the invasion of Iraq. And we grieve for all those who have died on all sides .

Mike Stephenson, UK

James, New Zealand

Most Americans don't want to save Bush. We want to bring our young men and women home, and, we want to save the Iraqi people from the horrors Bush has inflicted upon them.

I believe Dr al-Bazergan, and other experts, should make this point more loudly. We didn't want this war; we don't want to fight with the Iraqi people now; and, we want to remove Bush from power.

What we need is a viable option - from Iraqi leaders - that allows us to end Bush's folly.

Scott Goold, US

When I was in the US Army I remember how happy we were that the brave people of Afghanistan were fighting against the occupation of the USSR.  When a nation occupies another nation, regardless of the reason, and the local population fights against them it is not a civil war.  We called the Afghans heroic freedom fighters. I fail to see the difference.  Just because we are the strongest doesn't always make us right.

Glenn, US