I had lunch with a man “greatly concerned” about the Israel/Palestinian situation. Yet, he said that he had never heard of the USS Liberty. I spoke to a church group and asked if anyone there had heard of the Liberty and only a very few raised their hands. I don’t think Americans can understand our submissive relationship with
without knowing the story of the USS
Liberty. We owe it to the survivors
of the Liberty as well as the people
of Palestine to know their story.
It was a warm, clear midsummer’s day, exactly fifty years ago on this day, June 6, the sky was blue and the waters calm, as the USS Liberty performed its responsibility on a reconnaissance cruise in the international waters of the Mediterranean. Captain McGonegle had every reason to relax and feel safe. Israeli planes circled his ship and Israel was our special friend and ally. A very large U.S. flag waved in the wind. Then suddenly, without warning, these friendly jets turned on the Liberty firing bullets and dropping bombs. Torpedo boats fired rockets blowing a forty-foot hole into its side at the water line. When the captain ordered abandon ship, Israel strafed our sailors in their life boats. Everything possible was done to sink the Liberty. Why? To stop messages from reaching the world that Israel was preparing to invade Syria and occupy the Golan Heights.
The first attack deliberately knocked out its antennas to prevent the Liberty from sending an SOS. Sailors, dodging bullets, rigged a homemade shortwave and called for help. “Liberty under attack, on fire and taking water.” When that word reached Washington, rather than immediately sending help from our aircraft carriers nearby, Lyndon Johnson ordered that no rescue effort be launched. It was 16 hours before any assistance arrived. In the meantime, the ship’s one doctor ran out of drugs, pain killers and bandages. One hundred-seventy-one sailors were injured. Thirty-four had died.
On orders from the president, the Liberty docked in Malta. Every sailor was ordered to not speak to anyone about what had happened. To this day, there has been no official investigation.
What happened to the Liberty was tragic. However, the bigger tragedy is that Israel learned that it could do anything and there would be no reaction from the US. That is true to this day. And why? Because of the lobby and Israel’s control on our political leaders. We are, in fact, according to Paul Craig Roberts, Israel’s puppet. Now, that’s a tragedy.
June 6, 2017
 I urge you to Google, Howard Films, LOSS OF LIBERTY. It’s a history that we should know. To learn more, Read the book, Assault on the Liberty, By James Ennes, the officer on deck during the attack. The latest book on this that I have read is Attack on the Liberty, By James Scott, the son of one of the officers on the Liberty. Again, this is a history that we should know if we are to understand how the
defers to Israel,
time and time again.