Almost immediately after the globally televised speech of US Secretary of State Colin L. Powell before the United Nations on February 5 (February 6 in Manila), President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced that the Powell speech had convinced her that Iraq is indeed hiding weapons of mass destruction and has links with the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

If Mrs. Arroyo was indeed thus convinced, it was a case of the faithful

Prof. Luis V. Teodoro is a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, where he used to teach journalism. He writes political commentary for BusinessWorld.

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