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The New York panel
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New York will host one half of the debate
The panel of people debating the war with Iraq in New York will be varied and cosmopolitan.

It features someone who lost relatives in the September 11 terrorist attacks, a New York taxi driver and a lawyer.

Below are short biographies of some of the New York panel.

Colleen Kelly

Nurse practitioner Colleen Kelly, a Bronx resident and mother of three, lost her brother William in the World Trade Centre attack on September 11, 2001. Following this event, she formed the September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow organization with other victims' family members.

The organisation strives to promote non-violent solutions to terrorist attacks and foster camaraderie between victims of terrorism world-wide. Since forming the group, Colleen has travelled though Jordan and Iraq on a good will mission, meeting local populations and examining the affects that US sanctions have had on the Iraqi population.

Colleen also co-founded the Ita Ford Health Clinic that offers free medical service to the poor in Harlem.


Keith Zakheim

28 year old Keith Zakheim is the Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Central New Jersey and a public relations consultant. He has been working with local Republican organisations for several months. Keith believes that there is no alternative to military action against Saddam and that the US has a moral imperative to spread freedom through out the world.

He also acknowledges that any potential war will have implications on the oil industry but that this in itself not a bad thing. Stabilising oil supplies is in interest of the US and helps, amongst other things, to provide affordable heating for those most in need. Keith also feels that the USA must maintain its prestige by responding in force to the clear challenge Saddam has laid down.


David Pollack

Born and bred New Yorker David Pollack has driven a taxi in the City for over 20 years and was formally a presenter of a talk radio show for local cabbies. He drove his taxi in downtown Manhattan on the September 12th, 2001 and is now Executive Director for Taxi Safety for the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.

David is convinced that the US has to take any means necessary to take Weapons of Mass Destruction out of the hands of tyrants and believes that the USA has to play an active role as 'the policeman of the world'.


Lisa Pinto

New York Lawyer and mother Lisa Pinto believes that Saddam has stock-piled weapons of mass destruction and that there are clear links between the Iraqi regime and Al Qaeda. Military action is the only option open to the USA now as sanctions have been useless and the weapons inspections are turning into a joke. Lisa believes that the West must send out a clear signal that it will not tolerate tyrants who are in possession of these weapons.

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