Our first day in Moscow was filled with meetings and interviews on Russia Today RT TV. Ray McGovern , Elizabeth Murray and I spoke about our DISAGREEMENT with 51US State Department officials‘ dissent channel cable urging the Obama administration to bomb Syria’s Assad government to force him to negotiations for regime change! We’ve seen the chaos with US military violence and regime change in Iraq and Libya!
Trip leader Sharon Tenneyson spoke about bringing thousands of Russians to the US during the 1980s and 1990s in programs with Rotary Clubs-and bring thousands of US citizens to Russia–to show that people of both countries want peace not war.
We visited one of the first private medical clinics in Moscow-five of our delegation have medical backgrounds including Dr. Hakim Young of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. One of the Russian doctors asked our delegation, “ What does the American public think about us in Russia? Do they think we are a threat to them? Please tell them we don’t want a war, we don’t intend to invade in country.“
Mary Ann Wright (born 1947) is a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Wright was also a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla.