Friday, January 20, 2006

The LA Times has a great front page story today about Mary Ann Wright, a woman who, after 30 years as an Army colonel and diplomat, quit her position to protest the war in Iraq. I loved reading about her transformation, and was especially tickled by this passage:

Offering advice on protest techniques, she said: "I am a brand-new person to this. But it sure seems to me that the physical acts get a lot of attention."

Wright spoke with pride about being ejected from a Senate hearing last fall after excoriating the witness, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "You, the Senate, were bamboozled by the administration on Iraq and you cannot be bamboozled again! Stop this woman from killing!"

Within seconds a guard was escorting her out of the room. Wright slipped her arm through his elbow and walked out as if he were her date.

The article ends with these lovely paragraphs:
"She was on the inside, and so she really understands what's going on. And yet she gave up all that power and privilege," Theberge said. "To me, that is the definition of what an active conscience is. And that is her real draw."

After decades of government service, Wright, in turn, has found a new community. The Army officer and diplomat is at home among Americans who are anguishing about this war. "We are on the same sheet of music," she said, adding that she would continue to make her voice heard, as long as the war goes on.


Joan said...

Gayle, it is heartening to read stories like this. So many of us, the "ordinary" citizens of this country, feel so afraid and paralyzed, so unsure of WHAT to do in the face of this war--but reading this made me feel less afraid of raising my own voice.
Thank you for posting it. peace, Joan

gayle said...

Thank you so much, Joan. Stories like this are so heartening for me, too. I am emboldened to use my voice when I see people fearlessly using their own!