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09 November 2003

Private Jessica says President is misusing her 'heroism'

There are so many different versions of the Jessica Lynch story flying around that it could make your head spin. A balanced synopsis that covers most of the bases is available in this story in the Guardian's Sunday counterpart the Observer. One thing is clear to me, it is not Lynch's fault that the media is ignoring Shoshana Johnson and Lori Piestewa. Piestewa was killed, not captured; she was a friend of Lynch's and Lynch says it was Lori, not herself, who fought off the ambush. Johnson was also captured and was exhibited on TV in a move that was used at the time to show the inhumanity of the Iraqi captors. She got such a measly discharge "package" that she is now living on $500 a month, and no one is offering her book deals or talk show appearances.

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