I Am A Soldier, Too Chapters 16-24 Response
I think that even though Jessi was tortured, sexually assaulted, and drugged, she was very fortunate to make it out alive. She was the only soldier in the entire lost convoy who escaped the war. It is saddening to think that these soldiers cared so much for each other and they did everything in their power to keep each other safe while trying to serve the country, but in the end, their efforts did not pay off and only one survived. Jessi is the only person who can tell the story, and I am glad she is willing to because it is a very touching story. I also think she was very fortunate to have such good care at the hospital. It is completely understandable that she didn’t trust the Iraqi hospital staff, and it is only expected that she would lash out at them for trying to put her to sleep and operate on her. However, I do believe that this hospitality from the Iraqi doctors and nurses shows courage. They could have easily been caught trying to treat an American soldier, but they managed to do so without being caught. Taking a risk like that for an enemy soldier is beyond just caring for someone. It really shows how contradictory human nature can be sometimes. It is human nature to fight and kill one another, but at the same time, it is human nature to care for each other and want to help other human beings who may be sick or injured. I do not know why human nature is like that, but I guess it just depends on the person and how he/she was raised.