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Thursday, April 03, 2003  

Safe and Sound

Understandably the US media is going to town reporting the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch by US special forces. Here she is - young, female, badly wounded - saved from Saddam's clutches by a daring raid involving fire-fights, decoy ops, the lot. It seems that she had spent 9 days in captivity, and had 3 broken limbs and multiple gun-shot wounds. I can imagine agents all over Hollywood going ape-shit as I write this. I reckon it's going to be a toss-up between Mena Suvari and Christina Ricci.

Anyway, I read (towards the very end of this article) that some people had heard that there was a tip-off from someone else that she had limped to the hospital with just a gun-shot wound, and that whilst there she was tortured - the implication being that most of her injuries were sustained while in captivity. I find that very hard to believe, because if it were true it wouldn't be relegated to the closing paragraphs of the story. Imagine the propaganda value of such an outrage.

I suggest (and fervently hope) that she had actually been cared for sufficiently well to survive what sound to me to be life-threatening injuries. It would have been fairly straightforward for her captors to add another bullet-hole and turn to more pressing matters, so maybe decency still exists within the Axis of Evil. Perhaps I'm just an optimist.

posted by Plig | 15:26 |

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