Anyone remember the USS Liberty?
If not, watch this BBC documentary about it:
Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty
The USS Liberty was attacked by Israel with the intention to make it look as if the ship was destroyed by Egypt, thus giving the USA a reason to enter the Six-Day-War. However, the Israelis failed to sink the ship and the sailor aboard managed to get out an SOS, enabling the USS Liberty to limp to safety.
Now many people blame Israel and view the USA as the victim, but that wasn’t probably the case. The USA wanted to enter that war, they had the aircraft carriers with the nukes ready to attack Cairo ‘in retaliation’ for the presumed sinking on the USS Liberty. The war planes were actually lauched, but when it turned out that the USS Liberty was still afloat and had survivors aboard that could testify, the planes were hastily called back and told not to interfere. Lyndon B. Johnson himself said he wanted the USS Liberty sunk, ordering the aircraft carriers to NOT help her. Well, watch the documentary above, it’s an eye opener.
Today we have another situation where the USA wants to engange in a war and craves for a reason that would justify it. And I’m really afraid there might be another USS Liberty soon, and maybe one that isn’t so ‘lucky’ as the last one.
I wish the USS Liberty would be better remembered, the documentary above spread around, in the shaky hopes it might show that people nowadays are more aware and less likely to buy such a sham.