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Friday, March 21, 2008

Taking Liberties

I have always been interested in the story of the USS Liberty. The one thing that everyone agrees on is that during the 1967 Six-Day war the Israeli Air Force attacked and severely damaged a US spy ship with considerable loss of life. The Israeli authorities have always maintained that the attack was a mistake and that they thought ths ship they were attacking was a much smaller Egyptian freighter. Without entering the realms of conspiracy theory it's quite hard to see why the IAF would have deliberately targeted an American ship. On the other hand there is the pretty unanimous testimony of the surviving crew members of the Liberty, from her Captain downwards, who were in no doubt that the IAF were aware of the nature and nationality of the ship they were attacking. One or two such accounts might be put down to confusion or some kind of score-settling, but the sheer weight of numbers rules that out (unless like the passengers on Agatha Christie's Orient Express the crew were all in on some plot to discredit Israeli armed forces).

Anyway, here is a recent article which I found interesting. Probably still not the whole story, but maybe we're getting there.

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