WHEN Tammy Duckworthâs army helicopter was shot down in Iraq, it took her eight days to regain consciousness. She asked in hospital why her feet hurt, not knowing that her legs had been blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade. Two years on she looks the picture of health from the waist up and has a wide smile and an engaging laugh. One of her legs is only 2Â½in long; the other ends at the thigh. As she whirls around the campaign trail in her wheelchair, Duckworth has become a symbol of hope for Democrats in next monthâs mid-term elections. The prosperous outlying suburb of Chicago which Duckworth is contesting, has been die-hard Republican for decades and is reputed to have more churches per square mile than any district in America. In a normal year Duckworth, 38, would be trounced. Tax cuts, gay marriage, abortion: these would be the issues dominating the campaign. But this election, more than anything, is about the war in Iraq, a subject the wounded pilot says she knows âa little something aboutâ. âMy injuries in Iraq were definitely important to my decision to run,â she said. âWhen I came home, I realised Congress was not listening to the generals, the troops fighting in Iraq and the wounded soldiers coming home.â Duckworth agrees âabsolutelyâ with General Sir Richard Dannatt, the British Army chief, that the presence of coalition troops is exacerbating the conflict. âWeâre attracting more people to terrorism than ever before. We really need to think about drawing down,â Article in full http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2415686,00.html A very brave and remarkable Woman, I wish her well in the elections.