World Events: Highlights of April 1, 2017
Venezuelans, especially opposition leaders in Congress celebrated when the Supreme Court reversed its earlier decision to strip Congress of its legislative powers. People cheered what they saw as repelling an attack on democracy. . . .More than 100 people have died and hundreds more are missing in Colombia after three rivers overflowed, sending swift streams of water sweeping through a small city. . . .Dozens of puppies descended upon Newark International Airport as part of their training to become guide dogs for blind people. They rode escalators, visited terminals, even boarded a plane to ready themselves for their future jobs. . . . New Yorkers celebrate International Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park. Similar battles took place in other cities around the world, according to A.P. News.. . . . .
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What Made Jessica Lynch A Hero
April 1st, 2003: There is a breakthrough for American forces in Iraq. An operation that included Marines from two different battalions, some Navy Seals, Air Force Pararescuemen, and Army Rangers went better than planned. It was a two-pronged mission. The first forces stormed into the town of Nasiriyah and laid siege to an area of the town situated far away from the main target, Saddam Hospital. It was a diversion, a measure to distract enemy forces and draw them away from the hospital.
The second attack was on the hospital itself. Cameras caught the action and drama for all to see. It was a night raid, and Iraqi forces were obviously taken by surprise. American troops surged into the hospital fearlessly, and within minutes they found what they came for – Private First Class Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old female POW.
Nine days earlier, PFC Jessica Lynch was part of a convoy that was ambushed by Iraqi forces. The humvee she was in was hit, flipped over, and ran into the back end of a truck. A fire-fight broke out in which several of the soldiers in the convoy were injured or killed. As for Jessica Lynch, according to the narrative . . . well, she would not give up. Even after sustaining injuries, Ms. Lynch put all she had into defending herself and her friends. Like a mad woman, she fired and fired her weapon, until it just wouldn’t fire anymore.
Jessica Lynch, tired, weary, and overwhelmed, gave in to pain and exhaustion and fell unconscious. . . She would next be seen in 9 days when American forces, at great personal risk, would courageously whisk her out of the hospital. . . .
It was a fantastic story – – A captivating story — A story to make everyone proud…. proud of our fighting forces . . .proud of the brave, young, Jessica Lynch.
The only thing wrong with the narrative was – it was not exactly true.
As Jessica Lynch was quick to point out, she never even fired a shot. Her M-16 had jammed early on.
What Did Happen?
The politicians who drove the country to war needed a hero. The war effort was quickly sinking in popularity when the public learned that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. The credibility of President Bush and his administration suffered further when the public was made aware that forces had been sent to Iraq without adequate equipment to protect them.
The war effort really needed a great story with American heroes to pull the American people back to its side. The ordeal of Jessica Lynch fell into their laps. To their credit, the rescue operation worked swiftly and deliberately. Together with the soldiers who would storm the hospital and rescue Ms. Lynch, a very efficient camera crew set their equipment up to capture these dramatic, historic events on film…
And that is why the videos you see today – the videos of the actual rescue of Jessica Lynch – have a Hollywood-like quality about them.
Behind the Scenes
There were dangers present in Nasiriya on the night of the rescue. But not so much at the hospital. The Iraqi military had left the hospital the day before. There was no resistance to the American forces that came to get Jessica Lynch.
From the time she entered the hospital to the moment she was rescued, Ms Lynch was treated well by the doctors and nurses at the hospital. This account from Ms Lynch herself, flies in the face of stories of maltreatment and abuse. Stories told by an Iraqi lawyer whose own involvement in the rescue was not as great as he would make others believe.
Behind the scenes was an American public that loved movies and stories about American heroes . . An American public that willingly believed its leaders when the leaders told them it was urgent to go to war with Iraq. . . .
Behind the scenes there was an administration that openly engaged in corrupt practices and willingly distorted facts to keep the public on their side. It was not hard for them to work closely with the army and other sources to create a public relations movie to win people over emotionally.
Why Jessica Lynch really is a hero
Jessica Lynch could have gone along with all the attention she got. She could have gone along with the story that was told about her. She could have enjoyed celebrity status like few other soldiers ever had.
But she didn’t.
She told the truth instead. She insisted on NOT taking credit for something she didn’t do.
Choosing to be truthful, choosing loyalty to her friends and other soldiers, choosing integrity over celebrity makes Jessica Lynch a real hero. Becoming a teacher – a role model for children – that is more heroic than anything most politicians have ever done.
On April 1st, April Fools Day, it is tradition to play jokes on friends. It is nowhere near the same as seeing leaders distort the truth – every day, not just April 1st – and purposely deceive the public.
April 1st is the day Jessica Lynch was “rescued.” The government may have tried to deceive us all back then. People in government are certainly trying to deceive us now. We should be very wary of following the lead of Donald Trump. . We would be better off with people who do not come to deceive, people who put truth and loyalty above material gain, people like Jessica Lynch.