Jewish World Review April 9, 2003 / 7 Nisan, 5763

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Iraqi lawyer and American teenaged girl proved themselves to be 'The Real Deal' | For too long now, Saddam Hussein has been the face Iraq has shown the world. But this America just got a better look into the soul of Iraqi people. We saw how a young lawyer from Nasiriyah and a teenaged girl from West Virginia exhibited uncommon valor in desperate times. Let me tell you how this Iraqi lawyer and this American teenaged girl proved themselves to be the real deal.

Mohammed is the name given to a 32-year-old Iraqi father and husband who made it possible for American soldiers to rescue Private Jessica Lynch. Now, while he was visiting a hospital last week, and checking on his wife, Mohammed saw one of Saddam's thugs beating the 19-year-old American POW. And he decided that something had to be done about it.

The next day, he sneaked into Jessica's room, and he whispered to her, "Don't worry. Don't worry, I'm going to get you help."

And that's exactly what he did. Mohammed risked his life by walking six miles across a war zone, and then again he risked his life when he approached American Marines in their positions outside of Nasiriyah.

The Marines got Mohammed's information, and then they sent him back to the war zone and into the hospital to count the number of troops that were guarding Jessica.

Five days later, because of what Mohammed did, Black Hawk helicopters swooped in, and they rushed in commandos and rescued Palestine, West Virginia's most famous 19-year-old female war hero.

And young Jessica's also a great hero who fought Iraqi soldiers, even as her fellow soldiers were cut down by enemy fire.

So what did Mohammed want in return for this extraordinary display of courage? Did he ask the Marines for money? No. Did he demand political asylum and try to keep his family safe? No. He didn't even seek a cushy new position in the Iraqi government.

Actually, all Mohammed asked for was an American flag. And I got to tell you, the Marines got it for him. And I, for one, am proud to have an Iraqi as brave as Mohammed raise the American flag high in Iraq.

But I got to tell you this, I'm going to even more proud when Mohammed and all the good people of Iraq can display their own flag representing a free people, liberated from a fear that's gripped this land for far too long.

And I'll tell what you else, we should also be grateful that Mohammed's courage allowed America's newest wartime hero to return safely home into the loving arms of her mom and dad.

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Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) serves as a regular contributor to MSNBC, providing on-air commentary and analysis. He also serves as host on MSNBC Reports. Comment by clicking here.

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