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Don't believe the hype! Are we really that dumb?

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I found this artical on a BBC news website. It just goes to show that U.S. media only tells you what they want you to hear. This if fucked up.









By John Kampfner, BBC Online


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.


Private Lynch, a 19-year-old army clerk from Palestine, West Virginia, was captured when her company took a wrong turning just outside Nasiriya and was ambushed.


Nine of her comrades were killed and Private Lynch was taken to the local hospital, which at the time was swarming with Fedayeen. Eight days later US special forces stormed the hospital, capturing the "dramatic" events on a night vision camera.


They were said to have come under fire from inside and outside the building, but they made it to Lynch and whisked her away by helicopter.


Dr a-Houssona found no bullet wounds

Reports claimed that she had stab and bullet wounds and that she had been slapped about on her hospital bed and interrogated.


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.


Jessica amnesia


"There was no [sign of] shooting, no bullet inside her body, no stab wound - only road traffic accident. They want to distort the picture. I don't know why they think there is some benefit in saying she has a bullet injury."


Witnesses told us that the special forces knew that the Iraqi military had fled a day before they swooped on the hospital.


Dr Uday was surprised by the manner of the rescue

"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 - action movies like Sylvester Stallone or Jackie Chan."


There was one more twist. Two days before the snatch squad arrived, Harith had arranged to deliver Jessica to the Americans in an ambulance.


But as the ambulance, with Private Lynch inside, approached a checkpoint American troops opened fire, forcing it to flee back to the hospital. The Americans had almost killed their prize catch.


Some brave souls put their lives on the line to make this happen


General Vincent Brooks


When footage of the rescue was released, General Vincent Brooks, US spokesman in Doha, said: "Some brave souls put their lives on the line to make this happen, loyal to a creed that they know that they'll never leave a fallen comrade."


The American strategy was to ensure the right television footage by using embedded reporters and images from their own cameras, editing the film themselves.


The Pentagon had been influenced by Hollywood producers of reality TV and action movies, notably the man behind Black Hawk Down, Jerry Bruckheimer.


Bruckheimer advised the Pentagon on the primetime television series "Profiles from the Front Line", that followed US forces in Afghanistan in 2001. That approached was taken on and developed on the field of battle in Iraq.


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.

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they really ran with that one


although, i did read in several newspapers that she had not suffered any bullet or gunshot wounds, that part was clarified


i also saw her parents on television confirming that there were no gunshot or stab wounds..


that must've been some fucked up car wreck ambush though


she sustained two broken legs..

thats fucking crazy for a car wreck


i was recently in a very severe high speed wreck, and i did not break any legs


the chances that was a high speed wreck in thew desert are low..

i'm sure she was beaten



lets not forget that

no fucking way that happened in a car wreck

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i remember watching cnn after they got her back, and they interviewed her parents, and they asked something like how do you feel about the rest of her unit? and im sitting here trying to justify that question, but i couldnt. god i hate television.

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Originally posted by JimmieWalker

a broken thigh


Thats gotta hurt...



Originally posted by JimmieWalker

the snatch squad


i think i am a member of this... :crazy:

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i mean, cmon...even i read that weeks ago..

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