LYNCH MEETS IRAQI WHO
America’s former “sweetheart,” ex-Army PFC Jessica Lynch, finally met with the man who helped save her life – Iraqi refugee, Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief.
And she did it in a “classy” way. There were no “big buck deals” with the media to film or cover the “reunion.” Away from the parasitic public relations people and “handlers” that made her look like a money-grubbing opportunist last winter, she greeted Mohammed with warmth and genuine gratitude in a private “get-together” arranged by her attorney.
“DOING THE RIGHT THING” – THIS TIME
“She was lovely,” gushed Mohammed, after his April meeting with the Bronze Star winner. “Jessica looked very different than she did in the hospital. There, she was injured badly, and with very bad people around her. I’m so happy to see she is now safe and healing from her injuries.”
A gracious comment, from the man who walked several miles to American forces to alert them that an American soldier was being held in an Iraqi hospital. He could have been killed, along with all his family, for even “talking” to American forces. Mohammed risked everything to help save the life of someone he didn’t even know!
It was a different story last October 29, when Mohammed journeyed to Lynch’s hometown of Palestine, West Virginia. The much-heralded female soldier didn’t even come outside to greet him. Instead, a public relations spokesman gave the lame excuse to reporters that PFC Lynch was “too busy” to meet the Iraqi, who had journeyed half way around the world to see her that day.
Most people took it as it was – a rude “snub” of the man who had helped save Jessica’s life. Her almost perfect “goody two-shoes” public image – she made the cover of TIME, NEWSWEEK and PEOPLE magazines – was seriously damaged.
It wasn’t helped any more a short time later, when Lynch met with a visiting delegation of VFW members who had come to her town to praise her and present gifts.
When an Associated Press reporter tried to ask a few simple questions at the event, the journalist was abruptly informed Jessica “had nothing to say.” You see, she’d signed a deal with ABC NEWS for an exclusive interview, so it was “no comment” to the regular (non-paying) press.
For more on what motivated Lynch in her more than “15 minutes of fame,” read the incisive and oft-times witty web site, Gringoman.us.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO “CA$H IN” ON FAME
You can’t really fault Lynch for taking advantage of all that money she was offered. And you can’t help but wonder what’s going on in the heads of the top executives at Knopf publishers about now.
They shelled out a million-dollar advance on hoped-for book sales. Publishing insiders tell MilitaryCorruption.com the controversy over Jessica’s nude photos – quickly “bought up” by porn publisher Larry Flynt – badly hurt Jessica’s credibility and book sales in “middle America.”
One report said the total nationwide sale were an anemic 50,000 copies – far below a successful result after such enormous free publicity on ABC and in the nation’s fawning print media.
Knopf was certainly upset when Lynch suddenly canceled an appearance on the widely-watched Larry King Show, just as reports surfaced that Jessica had happily posed for Nude snapshots back at Fort Bliss, Tex.
The free hour in prime time on CNN could have helped sell many more copies of I AM A SOLDIER TOO: THE JESSICA LYNCH STORY.
But not only did Lynch opt off the show, she cancelled the book tour, claiming “ill health.” Cynics said she just didn’t want to have to answer any embarrassing questions about the nude photos.
BOOK NOW RELEGATED TO “REMAINDER BINS”
Now, the soft-spoken 20 year-old’s book, much ballyhooed by the adoring media, has been relegated to the remainder bins. Last week, we saw it being sold by one major outlet for only $2.98 – around 12% of its original cover price.
We are sure many of our readers are thankful for the self-sacrifice of Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief. His own, accurate version of events, BECAUSE EACH LIFE IS PRECIOUS, is a good read, and you can purchase a copy right now by “clicking on” to our Amazon.com advertisement on the MilitaryCorruption.com home page.
Please say THANK YOU to this brave man, who helped one of our own, by purchasing his excellent book today. Thank you.