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Will civilian casualties further erode US support for the war?

US troops in southern Iraq shot and killed seven women and children in a van yesterday when the driver failed to stop at a checkpoint as ordered, US Central Command said.

The soldiers were from the Third Infantry Division, which lost four soldiers Saturday at another checkpoint when an Iraqi soldier not dressed in uniform detonated a car bomb in a suicide attack.

Will civilian casualties further erode US support for the war?
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why do we hear so much about the civilians killed by US forces and NOTHING about the civilians that are killed by Iraqi forces? We are trying not to harm them and the Iraqi forces are shotting and hangin them on PURPOSE. Why don't we hear the stories of people being tortured and forced to go to battle against us or they will die.

mike, boston

Of course. Where are all of the Iraqis who we were told would be waving American flags and cheering our troops for "liberating" them? They are pledging support for Saddam and conducting suicide attacks against us. Thanks W.

Tom, Boston

It should not erode support. In this current case the driver did not stop did not abide by the rules. He paid the price, sadly he took other people with him our troops didn't kill them they killed themselves.

K. Mitchell, Waltham

Civilian casualties will not erode my support for the war. Casualties are unfortunate but our troops cannot take any chances. If you fail to stop at a simple checkpoint, maybe you have something to hide.

Peter, Sudbury

You know, I really don't think there is ANYTHING that the US can do to look good at this point. We are going in there, trying to liberate an oppressed society, sacrificing OUR soldiers (and Brit soldiers too) in order to keep the number of civilian casulties to a minimum. We are going to be blamed for it all-a damned if you do, a damned if you don't. The loss of civilian lives is inevitable and unfortunate, but who ever said war was fair? God bless the soldiers for a safe return.

clearhead, Johnston

I believe it will, although it shouldn't. These men and woman are putting thier lives on the line. By the time they ask, if they are freindlies or foes, it will be too late. They gave warning shots and tried everything they could to not shoot them. The civilians gave them no other option. We all would have done the same thing. If you say no, then I ask you. If you were at a peace rally and I came up to you and punched you in the face, would you just let me walk away and not do anything? No? Interesting, say I punched you again, would you let me get away with it that time? I don't think so. God bless our troops.

Jay, Tewksbury

Civilian casualites are a part of a war. Unfortunately, civilians are also killing OUR civilians.

mel, allston

Iraq's army is dressing up in civilian clothing, they are using civilians are shields, and are forcing Iraqi civilians to fight on the front lines or be shot in the back. With these war/terror tatics, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of more Iraqi civilian deaths, and the only blame goes to the corrupt Iraqi regime. There is nothing more US can do to avoid these casualties. 100% responsibility goes to Sadaam

tom, cambridge

While against this particular war for political reasons, I believe civilian casualties are part of the whole "War Experience" no more or less tragic than other deaths. I doubt mainstream America shares this belief however. Civilian deaths give the virulent anti-war element more fodder as well as repel fence sitters. Not good for our soldiers either as I'm sure they have consciences and I cant imagine what the military offers up in the way of "grief Counseling" Must be some pretty tough love and cold comfort.

Brian, Boston

If you believe in the mission, or some part of it, then civilian casualties are not a consideration. Criminal behavior on a large scale might have an impact, but what would you do in response, withdraw? Then what do you do about the mission, nothing? Then why go in the first place. If you don't believe in the mission, then chances are that one civilian casualty is too much and we are all criminals by going to war. There is the third case of people that question the mission or have qualms about going to war and might also feel that we could be vulnerable to terrorist attack. THese people might go against the war if there are too many civilian casualties. Judging by how the polls have moved about the war over the past 6-12 months, this could be 25% of the voting public.

Dick, Foxboro

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