It does not even matter if it's true or not, gang. It's out there and that is all that matters. Even if it is later proven to be untrue, most Americans will still believe it because there will be no retractions. The first thing that sprang to mind when I read this was, "How do they know an Iraqi did it?" Given what goes on in military academies, a prone female soldier might be just as likely to be sodomized by her own platoon mates. Or somebody passing by on the street. Or some pervert who worked at the hospital (happens here in the States a lot.) Unless the doctors who treated her took forensic samples, which could tell us a lot about what population group the assilant(s) were from, if not who it actually was or there were reliable eyewitnesses or Private Lynch recovers her memory we will never know. I think the Iraqi captors should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. She is a soldier. No she isn't a hero, but few soldiers are. She was simply doing her job. She was badly injured. She was a prisoner of war. She was made use of very cynically and dishonestly by the U.S. propaganda machine. She was feted by the media whereas her comrades who were also injured and also taken prisoner were ignored. The factor that should concern us the most remains the differing treatment given to her in comparison to others in her position. But that is not of her doing, unless you blame her for being a pleasant looking blonde instead of the no less pleasant looking young black mother or the other comrades who shared her experiences. Yes, females are raped in wartime. It is one of the unpleasantnesses that besmirch all nations. And don't we just love talking about it. The entire press has picked on just this one page in a book for its headlines. She is now back home, with a handy sum of money but a wrecked body -- I know I would rather be whole. And I suspect she would too. :m: Peace.