The American Empire is a Force for Good:
Bernard-Henri Levy, France's leading philosopher, and a publisher, novelist, journalist, and filmmaker; William Shawcross, an internationally renowned writer and broadcaster; and Anne McElvoy, Executive Editor and political columnist of the Evening Standard newspaper, spoke for the motion.
Charles Glass, former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent; and Sir Samuel Brittan, a columnist at the Financial Times, spoke against the motion.
The debate, held on October 3, 2003, was chaired by Joan Bakewell, whose broadcasting career spans 35 years.
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