Americans can't seem to get enough patriotic fiction coupled with damning of the enemy. It makes little difference it seems that in this case Jessica Lynch herself says she is embarrassed the Pentagon manipulated her for such crass public relations purposes, making up all kinds of heroic deeds she didn't do and awful things done to her that didn't happen. And now this grotesquely made up rape story on top of everything else, even as the doctors who saved her life insist nothing of the sort actually happened.
JESSICA LYNCH RAPE CLAIM CHALLENGED BY DOCTORS WHO SAVED HER LIFE
Fri Nov 07 2003 14:14:43 ET
Iraqi doctors who treated Jessica Lynch dispute claims made in her biography, penned by former NEW YORK TIMES reporter Rick Bragg, that she was raped.
Dr. Mahdi Khafazji, who performed surgery on Lynch's fractured femur said he found no signs of sexual assalult.
Khafazji said he examined her extensively and would have noticed signs of rape, and said the examination turned up no semen.
"She was injured at about 7 in the morning," Khafazji said. "What kind of animal would do it to a a person suffering from multiple injuries?"
Dr. Jamal al-Saeidi, head of the orthopedic department at the now closed Military Hospital, recounts:
"When she was brought there she was fighting for her life. She was in shock because of the severity of her injury... Her clothes were not torn, buttons had not come off, her pants were zipped up."
Al-Saeidi also said he found no evidence of rape during an examination -- though he said he was not looking for evidence of a sexual assault.
"We had a few minutes, golden minutes to save her," he said.
"Why are they saying such things?" the hospital's deputy director Dr. Khodheir al-Hazbar said. "We were good to her."
Jessica Lynch criticized military for exaggerating accounts of her rescue and recasting her ordeal as patriotic fable.... MORE.. Asked by ABCNEWS anchor Diane Sawyer if military's portrayal of rescue bothered her, Lynch said: 'Yeah, it does. It does that they used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. Yeah, it's wrong' ... Asked how she felt about reports of her heroism: 'It hurt in a way that people would make up stories that they had no truth about. Only I would have been able to know that, because the other four people on my vehicle aren't here to tell the story. So I would have been the only one able to say, Yeah, I went down shooting. But I didn't' ... Asked about claims the military exaggerated danger of the rescue mission: 'Yeah, I don't think it happened quite like that'.