USN Ships--USS Liberty (  The TRUTH About the Evil jew Attack on the USS Liberty  Forty six years ago this week, the USS Liberty, an American Navy research ship located in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula at the height of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, was attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighters and Israeli torpedo boats in broad daylight.

The unprovoked assault by an ostensible American ally on June 8, 1967, which could have been mitigated had not rescue planes been recalled, resulted in the deaths of 34 crew members serving on the Liberty, the wounding of 171, and significant damage to the ship.

After the smoke cleared, that ostensible ally proffered a lame apology, absurdly alleging the Liberty was misidentified as an Egyptian ship, despite the fact the Liberty was clearly marked and had displayed a 13 foot long American flag after initially flying a standard flag which had been shot down by Israeli Mirages.

Israel contended it was all just an unfortunate error.

Both the Israeli and US governments conducted investigations and concluded the attack was indeed a mistake caused by Israeli “confusion” about the ship, which doesn’t make any sense.   Survivors–those who  had witnessed the attack firsthand–swore there was no confusion at all and that the attack was deliberate and that the Israelis had even strafed their ship and life rafts to help insure there were no survivors.

The inquiries essentially whitewashed the “incident” and totally absolved Israel of any intentionality in the obviously-intentional attack which was may have been conducted in an effort to blame the Egyptians and perhaps induce the neutral United States to join Israel in the conflict.  The Israelis had attempted but failed to sink the Liberty and murder all aboard but the powers-that-be evidently valued a dubious alliance far more than American lives.

Captain William L. McGonagle essentially concurred in his crewmens’ account and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor–in a curiously secret ceremony.

(See the USS Liberty website here http://www.ussliberty.org/index2.html.)

In May 1968, Israel paid the families of the dead approximately $100,000 each; a year later, they paid the wounded about $20,000 each; thirteen years after the “incident,” Israel rejected American demands for over $17 million in compensation for the damage they inflicted on the Liberty and coughed up a meager $6 million–plus interest.

The gross irony of those blood-money payments is that they came out of the tens of millions America had given to the Israelis, from our taxes, over those years.

This blog has featured a number of articles relating to the mass murder on June 8th, 1967, articles inspired by a chance meeting almost nine years ago with Liberty survivor, Petty Officer 3rd Class Americo “Rick” Aimetti (Ret), who had been assigned to Damage Control on the Liberty when the attack occurred.

Aimetti confirmed what really happened that June day, including the repeated sorties, the merciless strafing intended to kill all witnesses on the defenseless research vessel, and the politically-inspired disinterest by the US military.

On a personal note, AmericanThinker.com, a conservative website on which I had regularly published commentary, angrily refused to publish any of my reflections on the Liberty, a move they followed by permanently banning my posts.  The basis for American Thinker’s objections?  I was accused of ”anti-Semitism” for disparagingly writing about Israel’s lying and treachery.

As another AT commenter subsequently posted, “Gene Lalor put up a USS Liberty thread and it was quickly taken down.”

No surprise there.

I wonder whether, if the Canadian navy had deliberately, sneakily attacked and tried to sink a defenseless  American vessel and I had commented on that hypothetical outrage, would AmericanThinker.com have labeled me “anti-Canadian” and therefore commenter-non-grata?

Treachery that goes around eventually comes around.  According to McClatchy.com, the Israeli military is currently furious over revelations the U.S. government publicized details of a top-secret Israeli military including specifications on the thickness of the walls at the facility making it more vulnerable to a sneak attack, much like Isreal’s sneak attack in 1967.

As the late-Secretary of State Dean Rusk wrote about the Liberty and Israel: “I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”

I’m guessing that in the jaded eyes of American Thinker, Rusk must be regarded by AT as anti-Semitic as I am.  I’m also guessing, given the power of the Israeli Lobby in America and the sad reality that Israel is the closest thing to a trusted ally in the Mideast, that the truth of what happened to the USS Liberty forty-six years ago will never become public.  Indeed, how many Americans still remember?     Remembering The USS Liberty Attack: American Servicemen Expendable

 

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