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The question What to do about Saddam Hussein

The US stance towards Saddam Hussein grows more hostile by the day. But as yet Tony Blair seems undecided on his approach. What should Britain do?

Since Dubya has finally got round to having a foreign policy it would be a bit unfair for Blair to try and stop him justifying it. If we are lucky the rest of the world, most of America and the man in the moon will convince Dubya that war with Iraq is a stupid idea, letting us save the 'special relationship' by doing absolutely nothing.

Jim Fennell, 34, information systems manager, Belfast

Why do we presume to place Saddan Hussein under suspicion for holding nuclear weapons, when both we and the US do likewise and consider it to be entirely appropriate? I can see no justification for a war when it appears that it is Saddam Hussein that Bush has a problem with, not the innocent civilians of Iraq.

A sledgehammer to crack a nut?

Charis Fowler, 30, senior engineer, Midlands

Many, but not all, Americans are bully boys. It's time for Britain to decide where the future lies: we are Europeans, not Americans. Blair should come down firmly on the side of Europe, which can take a moral, legal, and United Nations approach to these issues.

Americans cannot bear to lose and will do absolutely anything to stay on top, even when they are losers (steel for example). It's time for the old world to be reborn and reunited. George Bush, you are no Winston Churchill!

Geoff Home, chartered engineer, Middle East

An all-out military strike against Iraq without neighbouring support is bound to have repercussions.

Other Arab and Muslim countries will perceive any action as a future threat to them, making their association and identification with Saddam all the stronger - irrespective of whether or not he should justifiably be removed.

However, Blair still has a chance to canvass some degree of sympathetic awareness - if not support - which could temper any reaction should Dubya flex his muscles. Unfortunately too, many opportunities for closer relationships with Arab/Muslim countries have been deliberately missed by successive British governments.

Robin Thomson, structural engineer, Livingston

The fear is fast decision-making which blindly follows the 'black or white' approach - tagging people and scenarios either totally good or totally evil. In that frame of mind decisions are easy, and so are mistakes. If Blair can add anything it ought to be to ensure that the rapid-response camp regards some of the several shades of grey. The downside is that it will probably be viewed as dithering.

Jon Balley, 51, water engineer, Bucks

Britain should not get involved in military action unless there is incontrovertible evidence that Iraq is going to attack.

R Herd, 71, retired, Stratfordupon-Avon

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