With a book deal,
multiple prime time interviews and a made for television
movie under her belt, not to mention naked pictures of her
frolicking with fellow soldiers in an army barracks safely
stashed away in Larry Flynt's vault, the most famous
soldier of the Iraq war is definitely a unique figure.
The petite soft-spoken Private First Class Jessica Lynch
was a very unlikely person to emerge as a media celebrity
and become a household name.
Tragically ambushed in
the early days of the conflict, her lost unit suffered
dreadful losses and she barely escaped with her life.
The amazing rescue of this badly injured soldier helped
rally the nation to victory and was a significant morale
booster and propaganda victory for the military.
The initial reports after
her rescue told of a ferocious firefight with Private
Lynch unleashing a barrage of bullets at the enemy before
she was taken prisoner. A Washington Post
headline read "She Was Fighting
to the Death" and then went on to quote U.S.
officials as saying that, "PFC Jessica Lynch
fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers after
Iraqi forces ambushed the Army's 507th Ordnance
Maintenance Company, firing her weapon until she ran out
of ammunition." She was quickly and roundly
hailed as the shining example of what great soldiers
females make. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a
mere public relations blitz that is now universally
regarded as fiction.
Her much heralded amnesia
of both the firefight and subsequent imprisonment, was
refuted from the beginning by her father. "Her
memory is as good as it was when she was home", he
said. "There really wasn't no amnesia problems."
So the amnesia victim
received a million dollar book deal about a capture and
experience that she does not remember. Ms. Lynch has
also recently claimed she was too busy to meet with
Mohammed al-Rehaief, the true hero of this story, who
risked his life to provide the information used by
American soldiers to rescue Lynch. A fictionalized
account was portrayed as truth by the media and those who
were a little too concerned about political correctness
and the feminization of the military.
To her credit, Jessica
Lynch has finally come forward to help expose the truth.
"My weapon did jam and I did not shoot, not a round,
nothing. I don't look at myself as a hero. My
heroes are Lori (Private Lori Piestewa, who died in the
ambush of Lynch's convoy), the soldiers that are over
there, the soldiers that were in the car beside me, the
ones that came and rescued me", she said.
So why has there been so
much myth building around the capture of PFC Jessica
Lynch? The Left likes to blame a Pentagon desperate
for good news and a rally point during the frantic hard
fought days of the Iraq war. The Right tends to
suspect the "Pentagon feminists" and their media allies
who are desperate to prove that women are just as "fierce"
as their male counterparts and, despite much lower
standards for their inclusion in the military, are not
just baggage in the field but capable of holding their own
in combat. They thought they had their proof in
Private Lynch but the truth has melted the myth away.
All of this seems to come
at the expense of those who served with distinction and
exceptional bravery in combat in Iraq but whose
recognition has been completely overshadowed by the media
hype of her capture and rescue. This does not in any
way detract from the fact that we as a nation were all
extremely relieved at her safe return and tremendously
proud of those who risked their lives to live up to the
pledge of "no man (err … woman) left behind".
It is ridiculous that we
have allowed 105-pound females to be captured, beaten,
raped, and sodomized in the name of social experimentation
and equal opportunity. It is bad enough that we have
male soldiers shot, blown apart and killed. Do we
really want to have our wives, daughters and sisters
returned to us in body bags or with the often devastating
physical and mental scars of war? In the end what
does it say about our society that we send our women to
fight our wars for us?