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Local Reaction to Powell U.N. Speech

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, Mo. – Anti-war groups in St. Louis are not convinced that Iraq still has weapons of mass destruction, despite evidence presented yesterday by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Bill Ramsey, with the Instead of War Coalition, says the new evidence proves the inspection process is working and should keep going. "There's no reason to go out and start a war over the fact that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction," Ramsey says. "There's still a lot of questions that could be asked about the evidence that Powell presented and how conclusive it is."

Most Missouri and Illinois lawmakers on Capitol Hill say Powell made a powerful case that Saddam Hussein must go.
Senator Kit Bond says Powell's evidence shows Iraq has actively worked to evade and undermine weapons inspectors. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says the President should urge Arab leaders to go to Baghdad and urge Hussein to leave.