There are two lessons to be learned from the Jessica Lynch story: 1) the BBC and British news in general, has never overcome the “yellow news” syndrome of the 19th century, and still thrives on a gossipy, tabloid style of dramatization; 2) white men showed a healthy, visceral regard for their own women. A white female soldier was down, in the hands of those ‘dark, awful Arab Muslims.’ “To the rescue!” was the cry of the entire military.
Funny, the ol’ Brits are the ones we usually associate such drama with. (I published a story of such a heroic Brit, in Persian Heritage, called “Alam I Sugrah.” The main character was stereotypical red coat officer, straight out of the 19th century. He rescues Iranian Muslim girl.) “Jolly good show!” we might have expected the Brits to say, when the US forces went immediately, unhesitatingly, in to Nasiriya, to rescue their damsel in distress. Alas, for the envy of the British journalist got the best of them. I’ll bet it if were a British girl in distress, they’d have been the first to laud her rescue. Instead, they cast apsersions on the American girl, and her rescue by the US military.
Hey, news is all about drama. American news got the upper hand on the story. The Brits had to take a bloody back seat.
It doesn’t matter if she was a hero or not, nor whether Pfc Lori Piestewa was, either. They were women who put their lives in danger, willingly. But beyond that, they were just women, and men can get fiercely protective of their women. This is a good thing, I do believe. If there’s a little extra drama in the story, so be it. It’s even better. Let’em make a movie! I can think of a lot less worthy subjects that movies have been made on.
It’s just a case of white male machoism. I commend it. Love that woman! Protect her. This was a rare case in modern times where feminist, man hating instincts were subsummed by the wave of masculine passion unleashed by Jessica’s plight. Feminists are so fanatical, however, that they probably don’t even see it. They think it a matter of “equality.” Jessica deserves to be treated at a female hero, just like any other man. I’m sure the femininazis love this celebration.
But they’re quite self-duped. This is about men–protecting their women. It is indeed rare, when men can get by with such gesture today.
Now, to be balanced, what happend to the black woman soldier that was held prisoner? Remember her, on video, being interrogated by Iraqi soldier? Spc. Shoshana Johnson, from El Paso, TX. There’s apparently been a great deal of attention paid to her, but, somehow, I’ve missed it all. I haven’t heard her name since the original video from Iraq was shown on TV during the early days of US operations.
There’s a mountain peak named after Lori Piewstewa now, but that’s probably only because she was killed. Yes, the first American Indian woman, etc., but, she would have been insignificant had she not been killed in action.
Shoshana was neither killed nor hurt, nor abused. Just another soldier. Just another black female. This is the general response, as far as I can discern. I venture to say, this is connected to the failure of black men to love their own women. The social ties are too disintegrated. No special passion of black men to rush in and save their black women, or even to celebrate their recovery. I’ll bet if given a choice, most black men would find it much more meaningful to “save” a white woman.
I’m afraid the white woman is queen. So, let white men save her. And let all minorities follow suit– love and honor of their own women.