"The military has had Lynch talking to psychiatrists but they may soon bring in additional people, including others from her military unit who survived the ambush, to help refresh her memory. They say she "has to be brought back to reality," since she may be the last living witness to war crimes in Iraq against those U.S. soldiers.
"Since the Indian wars of the mid-1600's, tales about the capture and rescue of hostages have been told and told again — in novels, autobiographies and, later, in movies and TV. In these stories, the captive (an ordinary, innocent individual, often a woman) embodied a people threatened from outside. The captive confronted dangers and upheld her faith; in so doing, she became a symbol, representing the nation's virtuous identity to itself."
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