June 8, 2016, will soon be here. It is the 49th. anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.
On June 8, 1967, jet aircraft and torpedo boats from Israel attacked the U.S. intelligence-gathering ship, the USS Liberty. The USS Liberty was in international waters off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The attack was preceded by more than six hours of surveillance by Israeli forces.
Israel knew that the USS Liberty was a U.S. ship because it had an American Flag flying and it was clearly identified by numerous other markings and it was a clear and sunny day. Also there were no other ships near the USS Liberty. Israel began the attack using high performance aircraft. Then jets used napalm. When the USS Liberty did not sink, Israeli torpedo boats were sent to blast a forty foot hole in the ship’s side. The attack resulted in the cold blooded murders of 34 Americans and the wounding of more than another 170 Americans on that ship.
What many Americans do not know is that an American aircraft was launched and was flying toward Egypt carrying an atomic bomb. If the Liberty had sunk as intended, an atomic bomb would have been dropped on Egypt in retaliation for the attack on our ship. The Israeli forces were there to make certain that there were no survivors after the attack to tell the world that the Liberty was attacked by Israel. The problem was that the Liberty just would not sink even after it was hit by Israeli torpedo boats ! Since the attack had been going on for sometime and the Liberty was still afloat, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara recalled the aircraft carrying the atomic bomb that was meant for Egypt.
President Lyndon Johnson believed that an atomic attack on Egypt would reassure his reelection in 1968, and distract his critics from the great failure of the Viet Nam War. So President Johnson made a deal with Israel. Johnson wanted Israel to destroy the Liberty so he could bomb Egypt.
In 2016, a 94 year old former SS guard who served Nazi Germany was brought to trial in Germany for crimes against humanity and the Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Since there is no statute of limitations for murder, it seems just and moral for a 94 year old former Nazi SS guard to stand before a court of justice. The former SS guard is named Reinhold Hanning.
Most civilized individuals abhor everything that the Nazi Government of Germany stood for. Most civilized individuals abhor the pathological individuals who deny that the Holocaust happened. What some Israeli’s fail to understand is that many informed Americans find the lie, that continues to be Israeli policy, that the attack was just an accident. It is a lie equivalent to the lie that Holocaust deniers disseminate.
The families of the murdered and injured Americans on the USS Liberty do not hate Israel nor do they hate Jews. Just as Jews, and many others, want the truth disseminated about the murders of innocent Jews during World War II, the families of men on the Liberty want the truth about the Liberty attack to be made public.
The USS Liberty Veterans Association will never cease to exist until the truth is made public. The sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, granddaughters and grandsons will continue to carry their quest for the truth forward. The USS Liberty Veterans Association is serving all Americans by seeking to uncover all of the facts of this horrible incident. If Americans do not have the backbone to demand the facts, America will be weakened. Who exactly in Lyndon Johnson’s administration colluded with which Israeli officials to bring about this horrible incident? The U.S. NSA has a recording sent from an Israeli pilot refusing to attack the ship because it was an American ship.
The USS Liberty Veterans Association will gather for their annual memorial service at Arlington Cemetery at noon on June 8, 2016. All Americans who love freedom and support justice should be there either in person or in spirit.
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R. Van Conoley ( Editor’s Note: Survivors of the USS Liberty incident were treated badly by the U.S. Government. They were told never to talk about the incident. Many were told that other U.S. Veteran’s associations did not wish to hear anything about the attack and Liberty Veterans were excluded from some veteran’s associations. )