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Don't Panic, Prepare

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Two days after the war in Iraq began, NEW YORK VOICES organized a panel of thinkers and writers to discuss its meaning. Is this a battle to promote Iraqi liberation or an imperialist act intended to extend the American empire? What are the implications of the Bush Doctrine, and what are the lessons of past wars?

The panelists were:

Paul Berman, a political and cultural critic whose work has appeared in numerous journals. He is the author of A TALE OF TWO UTOPIAS: THE POLITICAL JOURNEY OF THE GENERATION OF '68 and of the just released TERRORISM AND LIBERALISM.

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Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the former op-ed editor for the WALL STREET JOURNAL. He is the author of THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE: SMALL WARS AND THE RISE OF AMERICAN POWER.

Todd Gitlin, a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University. He has written several books including THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING which analyzed the effect of television on the Vietnam War. A leading activist in the 1960s, Gitlin was president of the largest student anti-war organization, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Nancy Soderberg, a former ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton and vice president of the International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution organization.

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