Did You Ever Know That You're NOT My Hero?
From the time I first heard about her rescue, to today's non-stop media circus detailing her every word, if I hear Jessica Lynch referred to as a "hero" I cringe. She ain't no hero. What makes it truly sickening is that to label her as one is a disgrace to all the real heroes who have served in the military. Frequent e-mailer James Phillips adds his two cents on the subject:
When I was in the Navy at Officer Indoctrination School (1985) we were required to attend a lecture by a Captain (same as a colonel in the Army) who had been a POW in Vietnam. I am drawing a blank on the Captain's name, but he was one of the most fearsome, intimidating, and impressive officers I ever had contact with.
The story he told that I will never forget was about Admiral Stockdale. It seems that at one point, Stockdale's captors wanted to parade him in front of the media to show how good their treatment of POWs was. Of course they had routinely tortured him from day one. When Stockdale realized he was going to be used for propaganda purposes, he picked up a small stool and bashed himself in the face repeatedly until his face was a bloody pulp. Naturally, no media presentation. More torture, of course.
I'll never forget that. I cannot imagine that kind of dedication and devotion to duty. No, Jessica Lynch is not a hero. She is a soldier who got captured, hurt, apparently brutalized, and then rescued. Just like dozens of others. Obviously, part of this is a result of the feminists who want to prove that women can be in combat just like the men (no they can't). Another part is her Bambi-like innocence and vulnerability, and good looks. If everybody who said "poor Jessica" stopped and thought about what they were saying, they would realize that their emotional reaction to her story means she should not have been there in the first place.
UPDATE: Phil Carter at Intel Dump has a good take on this as well.