Powell's UN task was persuasion, not litigation

Before the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, US Sec. of State Colin Powell was practicing politics, not law. His task was to persuade, not litigate.Yet questions raised about his presentation on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein assess the performance against standards of the courtroom.Did he prove that Saddam is producing and hiding weapons of mass destruction, violating UN resolutions, and consorting with terrorists? Did he produce a smoking gun?Most observers who raise those questions insist he did not.Yet many other observers say or write that they are persuaded—now if not before—that Saddam sponsors dangerous activities that promptly should cease.To no one's sur...

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