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New Yorkers on War and Peace

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Fifteen months after the city was attacked, and as the holiday season approaches, many believe the United States is at the brink of war with Iraq. We talked with eight well-known New Yorkers on both sides of the issue about the possible war and whether their identities, as residents of this city, bear on their views.

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Father Daniel Berrigan
Father Daniel Berrigan is an anti-war activist, author, and icon of the Catholic left. Along with his brother, the late Father Philip Berrigan, he became famous in 1968 for breaking into a federal office in Catonsville, Maryland and burning draft cards with homemade napalm. Berrigan ultimately went to prison for eighteen months as a result. He currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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Todd Gitlin
Rich Lowry is the editor of THE NATIONAL REVIEW.

Todd Gitlin, who is currently a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, served as the third president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a radical student-led organization that played a leading role in opposing the Vietnam War.

Niger Innis is the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality (core), a civil rights organization founded in 1942.

Manning Marable is a professor of history and director of the African-American Studies Program at Columbia University.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels is the retiring editor of COMMONWEAL MAGAZINE, a Catholic opinion journal.

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Rossana Rosado
Reverend George Rutler is the pastor at the Church of Our Savior in Manhattan.

A Bronx native, Rossana Rosado is the publisher and editor-in-chief of EL DIARIO / LA PRENSA.

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