Part 3 – Attack On the Liberty

   I recently finished reading the book titled: ” Attack On the Liberty” by James Scott. Mr. Scott wrote a factual and very readable book.  This book is about the 34 Americans who were murdered by Israel in the unneeded, unnecessary, and unprovoked attack on an American ship on June 8, 1967.  The book is also about the other crew members and it covers events before, during, and after the attack.  While I was aware of many facts about this incident, I was extremely impressed by how clearly Mr. Scott was able to take this reader inside the White House and to show me how our President and his civilian and military advisers reacted to this incident.  I was saddened to learn that President Johnson acted with so little courage and even less integrity.  I foolishly had expected much better from our president.  The following is a statement that I would have expected from President Lyndon Johnson:

    11June 1967-President Johnson speaking to the American People:  ” My fellow Americans.  I come to you today with a heavy heart because America has suffered a tragic loss.  The U.S.S. Liberty, an American ship, was attacked in international waters by a country that we considered to be our friend, Israel.  This cowardly attack on an American ship in international waters is not only an unwarranted act, but an act of War against the American government that has been a friend to Israel. 

   I am therefore, ordering all Israeli diplomats to leave the territory of the U.S. in 24 hours or be subject to arrest by the FBI.  All American personnel located in Israel are to leave Israel within 24 hours.  I ask for your prayers for all Americans killed or injured in this abhorrent attack.  Additional actions may be taken in the near future.  Thank you.”

    Unfortunately this speech was never given by President Johnson.  Instead our president entered into a cowardly cover up with Israel.  The utter stupidity and cowardice by President Johnson has long reaching implications.  George Ball, former undersecretary of state wrote: ” Israel’s leaders concluded that nothing that they might do would offend the Americans to the point of reprisal.  If America’s leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of American citizens, it seemed  clear that American friends would let them get away with just about anything.”  Sadly, Mr. Ball has been proven correct.                                            Suggested readings: 1) The Upcoming Israeli-Iranian War;;  October/2010 archives.  2)  The Nobel Peace Prize for Terrorism Twice Over;;  November/2010 archives.   3)  American Foreign Aid;; January/2011 archives.  

                                    R. Van Conoley

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