NEWSWEEK: Why did you decide to testify?
Jessica Lynch: Mainly it was about me just getting out the truth. I've spent the past four years trying to tell everybody the real truth, and not the stories they put together. They were false, ya know?
What was the greatest misinformation about you?
The whole Rambo story, that I went down fighting. It just wasn't the truth.
So what really happened?
I didn't even get a shot off. My weapon had jammed. And I didn't even get to fire. A rocket-propelled grenade hit the back of our [Humvee], which made Lori [Piestewa], my friend, lose control of the vehicle, and we slammed into the back of another truck in our unit.
Every war needs a devil to get it started and heroes to sustain it once the blood begins to flow. It's a shame that Bush's War is so devoid of reality that the administration's propaganda machine, and their willing accomplices in the media have conspired to wrap the whole operation in a veneer of lies. What offends me even more is that Bush has chosen to ignore a woman who gave her life in the service of her nation, Lori Piestewa, to promote a lie about a stereotypical blonde-haired Anglo.
I applaud Lynch's appearance before congress yesterday. It's not easy to forsake the mantle of a hero to tell the truth, but in doing so, she honored the memory of her fallen comrades far more than an administration who has no compunction about saying whatever they feel is necessary to further their own agenda.
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