:: Thursday, May 15, 2003 ::

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | The truth about Jessica

"It was like a Hollywood film. They cried, 'Go, go, go', with guns and blanks and the sound of explosions. They made a show - an action movie like Sylvester Stallone or Jackie Chan, with jumping and shouting, breaking down doors." All the time with the camera rolling. The Americans took no chances, restraining doctors and a patient who was handcuffed to a bed frame.

There was one more twist. Two days before the snatch squad arrived, Al-Houssona had arranged to deliver Jessica to the Americans in an ambulance. "I told her I will try and help you escape to the American Army but I will do this very secretly because I could lose my life." He put her in an ambulance and instructed the driver to go to the American checkpoint. When he was approaching it, the Americans opened fire. They fled just in time back to the hospital. The Americans had almost killed their prize catch.

A BBC2 programme on Sunday will expose the publicity scam around the rescue of the unfortunate pvt Jessica Lynch in Iraq. A staged rescue complete with guns firing blanks - for the benefit of the TV cameras. Very post-modern I'm sure.

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