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Saving Private Lynch: Take 2

This article, forwarded to me by a student at De Anza college in Calif, and forwarded to her by the Students For Justice group, brings to light what an orchestrated "rescue" it was when Jessica Lynch was rescued. She had NOT been shot or stabbed and all the explosions/guns etc were blanks and set off just for the camera. There were NO Iraqi soldiers there for 2 days before the US showed up to "save" her.

Read this... Once again our government shows what a bunch of liars they are.
>>Saving Private Lynch: take 2
>>Robert Scheer - Creators Syndicate
>>
>>05.20.03 - In the 1998 film "Wag the Dog," political operatives employ
>>special editing techniques to create phony footage that will engender
>>public sympathy for a manufactured war. Now we find that in 2003 the
>>real-life Pentagon's ability and willingness to manipulate the facts
>>make Hollywood's story lines look tame. After a thorough investigation,
>>the British Broadcasting Corp. has presented a shocking dissection of
>>the "heroic" rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch, as reported by the U.S.
>>military and a breathless American press.
>>
>>"Her story is one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever
>>conceived," the BBC concluded-the polite British way of saying "liar,
>>liar, pants on fire."
>>
>>Though the Bush administration's shamelessly trumped-up claims about
>>Iraq's alleged ties to Al Qaeda and 9/11 and its weapons of mass
>>destruction take the cake for deceitful propaganda-grand strategic lies
>>that allow the United States' seizure of Iraq's oil to appear to be an
>>act of liberation-the sad case of Lynch's exploitation at the hands of
>>military spinners illustrates that the truth once again was a casualty
>>of war.
>>
>>Lynch, who says she has no memory of the events in question, has
>>suffered enough in the line of duty without being reduced to a
>>propaganda pawn.
>>
>>Sadly, almost nothing fed to reporters about either Lynch's original
>>capture by Iraqi forces or her "rescue" by U.S. forces turns out to be
>>true. Consider the April 3 Washington Post story on her capture
>>headlined "She Was Fighting to the Death," which reported, based on
>>unnamed military sources, that Lynch "continued firing at the Iraqis
>>even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds," adding that she was
>>also stabbed when Iraqi forces closed in.
>>
>>It has since emerged that Lynch was neither shot nor stabbed, but rather
>>suffered accident injuries when her vehicle overturned. A medical
>>checkup by U.S. doctors confirmed the account of the Iraqi doctors, who
>>said they had carefully tended her injuries, a broken arm and thigh and
>>a dislocated ankle, in contrast to U.S. media reports that doctors had
>>ignored Lynch.
>>
>>Another report spread by news organizations nationwide claimed Lynch was
>>slapped by an Iraqi security guard, and the U.S. military later insisted
>>that an Iraqi lawyer witnessed this incident and informed them of
>>Lynch's whereabouts. His credibility as a source, however, is difficult
>>to verify because he and his family were whisked to the U.S., where he
>>was immediately granted political asylum and has refused all interview
>>requests. His future was assured with a job with a lobbying firm run by
>>former Republican Rep. Bob Livingstone that represents the defense
>>industry and a $500,000 book contract with HarperCollins, a company
>>owned by Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox network did much to hype Lynch's
>>story, as it did the rest of the war.
>>
>>But where the manipulation of this saga really gets ugly is in the
>>premeditated manufacture of the rescue itself, which stains those who
>>have performed real acts of bravery, whether in war or peacetime.
>>
>>Eight days after her capture, American media trumpeted the military's
>>story that Lynch was saved by Special Forces that stormed the hospital
>>and, in the face of heavy hostile fire, managed to scoop her up and
>>helicopter her out.
>>
>>However, according to the BBC, which interviewed the hospital's staff,
>>the truth appears to be that not only had Iraqi forces abandoned the
>>area before the rescue effort but that the hospital's staff had informed
>>the U.S. of this and made arrangements two days before the raid to turn
>>Lynch over to the Americans. "But as the ambulance, with Pvt. Lynch
>>inside, approached the checkpoint, American troops opened fire, forcing
>>it to flee back to the hospital. The Americans had almost killed their
>>prize catch," the BBC reported.
>>
>>"We were surprised," Dr. Anmar Uday told the BBC about the supposed
>>rescue. "There was no military, there were no soldiers in the hospital.
>>It was like a Hollywood film. [The U.S. forces] cried 'Go, go, go,' with
>>guns and blanks without bullets, blanks and the sound of explosions,"
>>Uday said. "They made a show for the American attack on the
>>hospital-[like] action movies [starring] Sylvester Stallone or Jackie
>>Chan."
>>
>>The footage from the raid, shot not by journalists but by soldiers with
>>night-vision cameras, was fed in real time to the central command in
>>Qatar. The video was artfully edited by the Pentagon and released as
>>proof that a battle to free Lynch had occurred when it had not.
>>
>>This fabrication has already been celebrated by an A&E special and will
>>soon be an NBC movie. The Lynch rescue story-a made-for-TV bit of
>>official propaganda-will probably survive as the war's most heroic
>>moment, despite proving as fictitious as the stated rationales for the
>>invasion itself.
>>
>>If the movies, books and other renditions of "saving Private Lynch" were
>>to be honestly presented, it would expose this caper as merely one in a
>>series of egregious lies marketed to us by the Bush administration.
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gullible 21.May.2003 07:41

me

God, some people will believe anything that fits in with their preconceptions.

case in point 21.May.2003 10:35

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that the US was sent in to "liberate" the iraqi people.

the BBC article 21.May.2003 14:15

mj

Me, if that IS what you may call yourself, you may want check out the story for yourself, if you can tear yourself from listening to Lars.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/correspondent/3028585.stm

Sorry 'bout that 21.May.2003 17:03

me

In a situation at which none of us was present, we're left to glean information as best we can from the various sources available to us. Those sources are (to say the very least) contradictory.

Given that, I make my mind up the same way you do.

None of us will ever know the objective truth because it will never be apparent. Neither side of the debate will ever back down or acknowledge that the other side has anything valid to say on the subject.

You might want to consider this ... my original comment was ambiguous enough (sloppy of me) that it could be read as supporting or opposing the BBC story. You just leaped to the conclusion that I opposed it.