|Issue||Before the war||Now|
|Weapons of Mass Destruction||No threat||Now a threat|
|Terrorism||No threat from Iraq||Iraq a "breeding ground"|
|British Soldiers||no deaths||Many Deaths|
|Iraqi Civilians||few recurring deaths||Thousands of Deaths|
The real issue about Iraq is that going to war was not the only option. Sanctions shored up the regime of Saddam Hussain because his regime handed out food. It would have been quite possible for the Ba'th regime to have been removed by the Iraqi people if it has not been shored up by the West.
Saddam had murdered large numbers of his own citizens, but at a time when the regime was supported by the USA. There were more options than either do nothing or go to war. It is, however, now too late.
One key element of getting calm after the elections is the phased withdrawal of the belligerent troops. Bring our boys and girls back.