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Have You Changed Your Mind About the War in Iraq?

Many people were initially for or against the possibility of a war in Iraq. Now that it is a reality and troops are on the ground, have you changed your mind or your position on the war?

Do you think that anti-war protests should cease? Do you think that an even greater divide has opened up between those who hold differing ideologies?

Do you think that the suspension of certain civil liberties for security reasons is appropriate during war time? Do YOU feel safer? Will the world be more secure because of this action?

What – if anything – concerns you the most about the war in Iraq?

 Reponses:   There are 258 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 

I Agree Mar 26th. at 5:31:30 pm EST

Sarah (Massachusetts) Age: 14 - Email

I completely agree with what you're saying. I think protesting is an okay thing in some ways. As long as the protests don't get violent and valid I support it 100%. A violent anti war protest is plain stupid, yea that really gets the point across. You should be able to state your opinion publicly as long as you back it up with good reasoning.

:{!!!!! Mar 26th. at 6:14:20 pm EST

MoonOwl (Egypt Lake, USA) Age: 39 - Email

Resorting to name-calling??? Boy that's mature. Nothing sinks home the point that someone has no way with words faster than that!!!

This is a topic that is explosive to both points of view. Let us remember to at least be civil to each other. Neither side is right or wrong. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

A debate is not a personal attack.

Please try to follow the rules.

Just One Person's Opinion.... Mine Mar 26th. at 7:26:03 pm EST

Trinity (TN) Age: 33 - Email

I am not necessarily for any war... HOWEVER, we must all remember what started this war. This war is not about the oil (which btw if you dont already know, we have tons of our own wells capped in case of a disater) , it is not about being the world police, and it is not about Bush politics. This war is about security. Yours, mine, and most of all the Iraqis. There are 3000+ American victims and millions of iraqi victims crying out from their grave to stop this madman! One's first thoughts may be 'well he will die soon, ' but that is JUST NOT THE CASE. He is in the process of training two of his sons to be even worse than he was! So why is it America's war? Good question. Could it be that this one man suports and incourages the kind of individuals that killed our countrymen? Could it be that we as AMERICANS lothe to see ANYONE be so mistreated (and especially by their own country) ? Or could it simply be that we are the only ones brave enough to go against world views and actually FIGHT for others in something that we KNOW they need desparetly but can not achieve without someone to help? Personally, I feel like it is a little of all three. I appreciate the fact that Bush was given to us and to the Iraqis. If Bush wasn't so ... stuborn (for lack of a better word) we may have averted a war, yes, but then what? Would Dallas be next. Maybe the Superbowl... who knows, I do know it would not just stop. I also know that as long as Saddam was in power we (and Iraqis) would be living in fear of what was to happen next.

As for the protesters, NO, under NO circumstances do I believe you should take away OUR basic American liberties!!! Especially when that is what this war is all about! I do feel however that if you are going to protest, be mature about it. People balk at the fact the war costs so much, yet it cost CA over $2 million dollars to have police on hand to handle the protests. If you need to protest against violence, how does being violent help your cause?!

Just like most who voice their opinion, I have had family members in Vietnam (where they have become severly disabled) and I have some over there now, so I too worry. It about broke my heart when I saw the film of the us POW soliders shot and terriorized. I hurt in a manner that not even I can fully understand. But we ALL must remember that if it weren't for these soldiers, like the ones that came before them who are WILLING to fight for what we all stand for, the US could easily turn into just another big and very ignorant country. I hope that this war is over soon, so that we can show the Iraqi people what we truly are and remove any doubt in thier mind about what America's intention is, but until then we need to stand together because it is obvious to me that other countries will not. And, one last thing, contrary to what the media portrays 76% of Americans are standing together in support of this war and our troops. So we are not quiet as divided as the world would want even us to believe.

No Easy Answers... Mar 26th. at 10:03:53 pm EST

stone (ny) Age: 19 - Email

First off, I'd like to apologise to anyone who says they have been harassed by either antiwar or prowar demonstrators. I've been to the protests and I've seen it happen. I wish they would stop. They detract from the powerful message of everyone else who is trying to peacefully make a point.

Now on to what it kills me to say...

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who is pro-war, and he said that if we pull out of Iraq now, Saddam wins. I sadly stated what I had stated a month ago -- that if we invade Iraq then Saddam wins. Saddam knows that he can't possibly win this war, but he will use it to divide the world and foster world hatred towards Americans. It will become his rallying cry to Islamic fundamentalists to twist religion into perpetual war.

The government of the United States had an opportunity to say no, to say that we won't fight fire with fire, to say that we will not stoop to the level of Saddam. It has passed up this opportunity. No matter what happens now, Saddam has already won.

I still think about the events of 9/11 and grieve for the victims of that day. During the dark times that followed, I had relied on hope to sustain me. Hope that perhaps this tragedy would unite the world against hatred and violence. Today I sit quietly, wishing that hope would sustain me once more. But now I don't even know what to hope for.

May the Mother of us all look after her children...

*sigh* Mar 26th. at 10:16:03 pm EST

Rowan (Annapolis, MD) Age: 14 - Email

I am against this war, I disagree with some impressions that this war is actually about civil Liberties, recently Vice president Cheney's old company, Haliburton recieved the contracts to put out the oil fires that will have resulted from the Scorched Earth program of Saddam Hussein's regime, they also recieved contracts for the oil after the war has ended. I am a protester, I was at an earlier protest before the war started and I went to the candlelight vigil in Washington DC, Most of the people that I met were pacifists, and nonviolent, a VERY VERY small amount of the protesters even consider throwing bottles most of us are for a nonviolent solution to this. I was recently at a protest while visiting my sister at her college in Pennsylvannia and she took me with , there was a prowar protest next to us, where people draped themselves in the American flag (which by the way is against the flag code, just for future reference) , and called us communists (I was never soo proud as that moment) . I have my own valid reasons for disagreeing with this war, which I woulld list here but it's too long I would actuallhy take a page or two (I know because in My Government class we're covering foreign Policy, so my gov teacher had us write an ECR (extended constructed response, basically a long paper) mine was 2 pages long typed. I realize one could claim that we are doing this for the Iraqi People, to give them a democracy, to stop the human rights violations and to get rid of a violent dictator, but the claim that Saddam Hussein caused 9/11 as I heard from one prowar protester, and the claim that Osama Bin Laden lives in Baghdad (as heard in a country song) are just ridiculous. In Iraq there areterrible conditions but my real problem is that I have not seen accurate proof that they prove to be a serious threat to our national Security, which is the case that our Gov. has made. well good night all and name calling in posting your views.. a little too involved with the emotions if your doing that ok, take a step back y'all.

In Love and light,

This Is An Illegal War Mar 27th. at 3:45:12 am EST

Igrayne (Barcelona, Spain) Age: 29 - Email

Yesterday 15 innocent people were killed just because they were Bagdad. I wonder how Americans would feel if this had happened at one of their shopping malls! The so called "coalition" (a name they don't deserve) are bombing Irak against all international legality and only with oil in mind. This is not a war made to correct a dictator who's trespassing on UN resolutions (how many has Sharon ignored so far? I can't see anyone suggesting a military action against him. Not to mention all the dictators that are currently supported by the US/UK/Spain) . There is no serious link between Irak and Al Qaida and no proof of massive destruction weapons has been found so far (although I am pretty sure that the United States weapon industry must still keep the receipts from the ones they sold Saddam when he was supposed to be an ally) . This is not a flame against the United States, this is a call for true democracy, the one stemming from the mutual agreement and consensus between people. I am sick and indignant for what is going on here, and I can't believe anyone is buying the nonsense reasons the petrol lobby is using to kill people who have every right to have their own dreams and inspiration.

Here, Here Igrayne! Mar 27th. at 8:58:01 am EST

Todd (Ontario, Canada) Age: 27 - Email

Yup, you are very much correct Igrayne. The United States sold Iraq most of what constituted their chemical and biological arsenal and know how to fabricate the stuff during their war with Iran. The US made this problem, they made Saddam, the perfect enemy of the Shaw of Iran with his secular Baath party. So in that sense I think it is only fitting that they should go in and clean up their own mess. Too bad that they had to drag the noble British in with 'em. So, it was also with Osama Bin Laden, backed by the US. His Mujahedeen the perfect enemy of the Soviets in that case, just another of Americas many, many enemies. So Bin Laden was a man made by the US, his forces trained in guerrila tactics and give "stinger" missiles which he used to great effect downing many of the USSR's Hind attack helicopters. What the US did not count on though, are their "created" warriors thinking for themselves after the intial enemy was conquered. Well they did that, they result being something that the US government hadn't counted on. Another problem the US created brought home. The very muslim fundamentalism that the US fostered and used to good effect against the "godless" Soviet "infidel" was the same fundamentalism that was the impetus for the attack on the US.

I wonder when the US will stop becoming their worst enemy? When will their leaders be forward thinking enough and learn the lessons it takes to back off? To stop backing militancy and extremely violent men? Even if they do have common enemies with the US. A common enemy doesn't necessarily mean that they will not be YOUR enemy too.

Oh yeah and I think you should go and attack North Korea next, then when that large and modern army is joined by China and nuclear war is threatened you can rely on all the friends the US now has! Oh wait! You have no friends of note anymore do you? (Chile LOL!) After Tony Blair is gone and the 76 percent "anti" voice in Britian is heard there you won't have the UK either. That is not the scenario you should be gunning for but it is the one that your "fearless" (but not very bright or articulate) leader has put you in. President Bush is certainly no Bismarck that is for sure!

Re: Mar 27th. at 9:38:32 am EST

Allison (USA) Age: 41 - Email

Yeah, my mind has changed alright - I am now even MORE against it - and Bush's corrupt government - than I was before. They were ignorant to go in there showboating their arrogance and thinking that these people would not fight back. Bush seems really disappointed that the whole of Iraq didn't surrender or lay down their arms and willingly succumb. Powell is a bold face liar. They ALL knew this was going to turn out a mess that will last months instead of minutes, days or weeks as they brainwashed most of the American public and world to believe. Bush should be tried for war crimes and for breaching international law when this unjustified and unfounded illegal war ever gets done.

USA does NOT have my support in any form for this travesty of humanity.

Opinon Mar 27th. at 12:50:28 pm EST

Cheryl (NJ) Age: 33 - Email

My opinion has changed about this and so have my inner feelings in general. I first thought that this would be quick and over with but as the days drag on I get more and more worried about all of our people over there and all of the innocents over there. I also am woried about the safety of people within our own country. Now N Korea is starting with the nuclear bomb thing and thats really got me worried. I want a world where my kids can grow up and be happy, not a world full of guns and bombs and miltary walking around all over. I feel as this military scuffle will just be a means to end of life as we know it to be. I wish we would just bring our people home and let the people and if anything just patrol our homeland better

Disgusted Mar 27th. at 1:27:22 pm EST

Thomas (Acores) Age: 37 - Email

I am shocked at the way the media distorts and twist it's reporting of the "war". I am not a pacifist I have been in two recent wars. I Think if we could walk ten feet in an Iraqi's shoes we would agree, no matter how much we distest a regime (and I do theirs and ours) that we would agree the moment an armed force stepped on our soil we would resist by all means available. So Bush never thought he would see Americans handing someone food while they chanted praises to Saddam, or what he calls paramilitarys (read citizens with guns) attacking supply lines, the fact is ten years from now Americans will still be dying in Iraq, Haliburton will still be making a profit, and O'reilly will still be blaiming Iraqis' for not getting out of the way, and we will still be paying for a little cowboy's attempt to right his daddy's mistake. In closing IT'S ALL ABOUT OIL if they did not have oil we would not be there.

Brightest Blessings,

I Haven't Changed My Mind But My Country Has... Mar 27th. at 1:50:35 pm EST

Todd (Ontario, Canada) Age: 27 - Email

I've posted a couple of times stating my heavy anti-war stance. Whereas I have not and will not changed my mind it seems my country has. Canada has now decided to do an about face and send troops in support of the war. The ships on "anti terrorist" duty will now assist the US and UK in the war. The 15 ships are a sizable force in themselves but there are also a few tech and logistics people that are assisting on AWACS planes due to their being on exchange programs to the US military.

I have also found out that our GRTC commandos are operating in Iraq behind enemy lines just as they did in Afghanistan without the publics knowledge and with the official country's stance against the war.

Heh, I guess Malechia was right after all. All governments lie to a certain degree or speak half truths. I never thought I would see that kind of cloak and dagger stuff in Canada but there it is.

So while I haven't changed my mind my government sure has.

Alot of that "double talk" going on in this war. Like our Prime Minister saying to the public that we will not take part and then actually taking part anyway. Interesting times we live in.

Blessed Be

Advocate Mar 27th. at 2:00:33 pm EST

gyillias (England) Age: 17 - Email

Just to say to start i am playing devils advocate here and offering an alternative view, not one i necissarily agree with..
You all speak of how the people suffer now, how much danger everyone is now in. Which is true, there is great danger for eveyone in Iraq including our own friends and family, people born perhapse nearby, as well as thousands of innocent civilians. It may also be true that the only reason we are there is to claim the oil reserves for ourselves.
But let us also not forget that for around 500 years Iraq has been attacked at various times it's people never having anywhere near the kind of rights we have in the west, there will has been broken generation after generation and the conditioning of dictator after dictator imposed on them expanding ther own wealth at the expense of the country and it's people. Having there religion used to enhance his own dominance and control, the people fight for Saddam because most only see only what they have been told to see, they have not been allowed to know any different.
Many will die in the comming months, but Iraq will finally be freed, it is our duty to see that they are kept free, that they may finally have a quality of life they deserve, so they can build there own future.

Would you not help a people be freed of what could be said to be something only a little above slavery? So what if they politicians are playing there games to grab oil, it is still an opportunity to see those thousands take hold of their own lives...

The war is started there will be no stopping it, there will be consequences for our leaders later. Forget them, campaign for a peoples right to freedom, and pray to whatever you hold dear that the war is short, and the least pain is caused.

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