The dramatic rescue of Private Lynch from an Iraqi hospital was "one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived."
Saving Jessica Lynch - propaganda or lies?
We all watched in awe as elite US troops stormed the building, and the pictures of the pretty young female soldier holding the American flag after her rescue triggered waves of pride and patriotism across the length and breadth of the United States of America. But if you shouldn't always believe what you see on TV, even if you want to believe it.
It seems a shame to shatter such a glorious illusion, but the fact is there was no need for the raid, and the whole episode was stage-managed to fool the loyal American public. Private Lynch was being cared for in an Iraqi hospital when the troops and the cameras arrived, but the rest of the story is simply made up of lies and propaganda.
Jessica was injured in a car crash, not an ambush. The hospital made contact with the US troops two days before the daring rescue, and had already arranged to transport Private Lynch to her colleagues in an ambulance. The soldiers used blanks and dummy grenades for sound effects, just like a regular training exercise. The hospital was already secure and there were no Iraqi troops in the area. Jessica has no memoryof teh events portrayed on TV, and the official explanation for this is amnesia.
We can only hope they will present the correct version of events when they make the Hollywood movie. You can get your $5 "America Loves Jessica Lynch" fridge magnet while stocks last.
BBC News, "Saving Private Lynch story 'flawed'", 15 May 2003.
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Private Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war, and the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict.
But her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived. ...
But Iraqi doctors in Nasiriya say they provided the best treatment they could for the soldier in the midst of war. She was assigned the only specialist bed in the hospital and one of only two nurses on the floor.
"I examined her, I saw she had a broken arm, a broken thigh and a dislocated ankle," said Dr Harith a-Houssona, who looked after her.
"There was no [sign of] shooting, no bullet inside her body, no stab wound - only road traffic accident. ..."
Witnesses told us that the special forces knew that the Iraqi military had fled a day before they swooped on the hospital.
We were surprised. Why do this? There was no military, there were no soldiers in the hospital," said Dr Anmar Uday, who worked at the hospital.
"It was like a Hollywood film. They cried 'go, go, go', with guns and blanks without bullets, blanks and the sound of explosions. They made a show for the American attack on the hospital
There was one more twist. Two days before the snatch squad arrived, Harith had arranged to deliver Jessica to the Americans in an ambulance. ...
The American strategy was to ensure the right television footage by using embedded reporters and images from their own cameras, editing the film themselves.
As for Private Lynch, her status as cult hero is stronger than ever. Internet auction sites list Jessica Lynch items, from an oil painting with an opening bid of $200 to a $5 "America Loves Jessica Lynch" fridge magnet.
But doctors now say she has no recollection of the whole episode and probably never will.
The Debate - "Iraq War Motives"
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"The Insider" mailing list article, 15 July 2003.
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