I would not want to be a POW. And I wouldn't demean the experience of a POW, no matter how painful or comfortable.
But truth is truth, and the majority of media in the branded "War On Terror" have elected not to portay truth.
I'm not happy with any celebrity status accorded to Private Lynch until she recovers from her amnesia and speaks the truth.
Ms Lynch’s multiple injuries were caused not by the bullets or bayonets of enemy soldiers - nor, apparently, by Iraqi interrogation officers - but
when the Humvee in which the lowly maintenance clerk was travelling hit a US army truck, crushing her bones and knocking her unconscious.
Four others were either killed or mortally injured in that crash. Among them was mother-of-two Private Lori Piestewa, Ms Lynch’s best friend and
The new version of events has sown doubts over whether Ms Piestewa was killed by the enemy, as had been claimed, or whether she died as a result of
injuries sustained in the Humvee collision.
Adnan Mushafafawi, who was a brigadier in the Iraqi army medical corps, a member of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and the director of the Nasiriyah
hospital, has told the Washington Post that a policeman brought in two female US soldiers at around 10am on 23 March. They were Ms Lynch and Ms
"They were both unconscious," he recalled. "Miss Piestewa had bruises all over her face. She was bleeding from the eyes, a severe head wound."
He said Ms Piestewa died soon after her arrival. Asked if either soldier had stab or bullet wounds, he insisted "no, no". Pressed, he later said
that "maybe" Ms Piestewa had been shot, but he was unsure.
A further revelation is that Ms Lynch was certainly not "fighting to the death", as had been claimed by US officials, when she was dragged off by
Saddam Hussein’s troops.
Her rifle, which she was purported to have emptied into enemy lines, never fired a single round because it jammed. The Pentagon has launched an
in-depth inquiry of its own into the ambush outside the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah that led to the capture of seven soldiers from the 507th
Maintenance Company, including Ms Lynch, and the death of 11 others.
But the circumstances leading to the ambush are highly embarrassing for the US army. The Washington Post inquiry reveals that the soldiers involved
had been deprived of sleep for 60 hours.