I had a hunch that the gallant rescue of Jessica Lynch, which was one of the good news items at a low point in the Iraq invasion, wasn't quite as initially made out. There's an article in the Sunday Star interviewing the various people who looked after her during her captivity. Couple this with the "stage-managing" of her story and her isolation from the press and it looks like she was a pawn in a manufactured story that might have put her at great risk. Indeed, despite all of the terrible atrocities against the Iraqi people that were carried out by Hussein's henchmen during his reign of terror, most, if not all, of the US POWs were treated very well by the medical staff assigned to them.
Meanwhile Dubya is archiving newsreel landing on the Abraham Lincoln for his re-election campaign.
I wonder who'll play the captive in the movie of the week? I vote for Robin Williams to play both Comical Ali/George W. Bush.
It should be quite interesting to hear what Jessica has to say about the whole ordeal. Certainly there will be a lot of people asking to hear her side of it.
I'm still quite curious as to the extent of her injuries. They sound a tad too severe to be caused by a "fall from a vehicle" ...unless that vehicle were moving at quite a speed...or unless the fall also included being run over by same vehicle.
Then there is the still open question of her dead comrades in the maintenance company. Al Jazeera aired photos of some of them and there certainly seemed to be neat gunshot holes in a lot of foreheads. Not the sort of wound that you would expect in a night ambush by Iraqi soldiers (who are not exactly reknowned for their marksmanship, even in broad daylight)
Lots of questions...and no concrete answers. Yet.
Plus, I should note that a lot of people seem to be questioning the impartiality of the Toronto Star on several other stories from the recent war. I wonder if the truth will redeem them, or will it add yet more questions of credibility to the growing list?
Initial reports said she suffered several gunshot wounds. These disappeared upon "examination". The blunt trauma could have been due to beating or falling or a combination. I guess it will be easy to verify whether the platinum plate was implanted....
I also hope she gets to tell her side of the ordeal but there will be significant pressure to tell the "candified" version (if its tied to media-deals, etc). She is from a very poor family and that pressure need neither be subtle nor imaginative. I hope the trauma of media attention isn't as bad as the physical trauma she endured in Iraq.
As for bias in reporting, name a media outlet that isn't (BBC is better than most). You pays your money and buys your angle.... And this is just one of many stories that have, upon later examination, been shown to have been largely propaganda (like the bunker bomb attack on the "grand villa" that killed Hussein). Sixty Minutes should be set for the next 10 years. The US spokespeople just didn't have the imaginative spiel of Comical Ali [img]smile.gif[/img]
Speaking of "Comical Ali"...he is, apparently, staying at his Aunt's house in Baghdad right now and trying to negotiate a safe surrender to American forces. As you might imagine, he is not terribly popular with the residents of Iraq these days and fears for his life.
Trouble is, the Americans don't want him either. He is not "on the list" or a part of the deck...(some would say that he wasn't playing with a full deck anyway)...and he is at a loss as to what to do next. He has, reportedly, got an offer of a newsjob from Al Aribyah Television...but he has to get out of Iraq first. That could be pretty tough for the next little while.
I suspect that he will eventually find his way past all of those soldiers who "aren't there" and we will see him on TV at some time in the not too far flung future. As soon as he pops up, you can bet that the major late-night shows will be bidding to have him on as a guest.
Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is suffering from a form of memory loss that prevents her from recalling details from the time she was ambushed in Iraq to a point during her captivity there, authorities said Monday.
Hey, what a surprise! [img]graemlins/heybaby.gif[/img]
Army hospital 'pleased with' Jessica Lynch's recovery [img]tongue.gif[/img]
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I suspect that she will, eventually...with the help of some of her fellow comrades..be able to reconstruct what transpired during the ambush. It will most likely be a pretty prominent item amongst the most memorable moments of her life, after all.
That sort of thing leaves a lasting impression on a person, trust me. Sometimes you can't absorb all of it for quite a while afterwards...but you eventually wake up screaming, in a cold sweat...and it's all there. Clear as ice.
And, no matter what anyone has "told" her to say...she will, eventually want to step up and tell us what really happened. One way or another. She has to do this, in order to move on with her life and put it all behind her.
If you care to check...Ruby was already dying when he snuffed Oswald...he was way out on the edge and knew that his days were numbered. So did the top movers and shakers of the Democratic government and there was NO WAY that he, knowing all of this, would have ever ratted out on his controllers before he took the big dirtnap that he knew was coming.
Too many family members at stake. Wayyyy too many.
This was a very carefully planned scenario...and a lot of very high-ranking Democrats will suffer once the truth is known by all.
That's probably why we will not have the truth for another twenty years or so. By Presidential order (Democratic Presidential order, by the way)
The Democratic Government of the USA at the time declared that all of the intimate and unreleased details of the Warren Commission...and all of the other hard data about Kennedy's death would NOT be released for another SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS after his death!!!!
By that time it will be a moot point that the USA "elected" a President by having the Mafia-controlled Unions stuffing the ballot boxes.
JFK was...after all...the only President elected by such a tiny majority before George W. Bush.
And George W. Has the highest sustained approval ratings in the history of the USA .
JFK would have KILLED to have this sort of approval. In fact...he probably DID.
But he still didn't get it.
It's all in the public record. Go and look for yourself.