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Sam Penrod reportingNow that the conflict in Iraq has begun, the reality of war and the fear it brings is starting to sink in.
Whether watching the war coverage on TV, demonstrating for or against the war, or attending prayer services, there's no doubt many Utahns are paying very close attention to what's happening in Iraq.
On the morning after war began, prayer services, such as one at the All Saints Episcopal church, brought together those who support and those who oppose war.
Those in attendence prayed for a speedy end to the conflict.
Meanwhile on Utah's college campuses, students are weighing in with their own opinions on America's pre-emptive attack.
Julie Boyle: "THE U.N. FELL APART, SO OBVIOULY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE IT ON OUR OWN. IT WAS NO BIG SURPRISE. IT WAS JUST A SURPRISE THE RETALIATION ATTACK WAS SO WEAK, ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE THE UNDERDOGS AND TRYING TO PROVE THEMSELVES."
Many students say while they don't want war, they are afraid of the risk of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
Tyler Moore: "I THINK THE WEAPONS THAT HE HAS DO AFFECT THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY AND THAT IT'S TIME SOMEONE TAKE ACTION AND GET RID OF THE WEAPONS."
Dusty Tanner: "ESPECIALLY WITH SEPTEMBER 11TH, WE NEED TO SECURE ALL THE WEAPONS THAT IRAQ HAS TO MAKE THAT SAFE. I THINK IT PROTECTS HOMELAND SECURITY."
But there is also fear the war with Iraq will only unleash more terrorist attacks on the United States.
Kyoung Bae: "MOST PEOPLE DON'T WANT WAR, BECAUSE IF THEY GET WAR IT COULD COME BACK TO US. SO I DON'T THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA."
While Utahns have varying opinions of the President's decision to go to war, no one we talked to today seemed to doubt that the United States will ultimately be victorious.