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June 8th Marks 40th Anniversary of USS Liberty Atrocity
RESEARCHERS & PATRIOT MOVEMENT INCREASINGLY BLAME AMERICANS, NOT ISRAELIS
Next Friday, June 8th marks the 40-year anniversary of the brutal slaughter of 34 Americans and the wounding of 171 others in the unprovoked Israeli attack on the unarmed USS Liberty.
Why should MUJCA care? Because the USS Liberty issue has driven a wedge between pro-Zionist Jews on one side, and many Christians and Muslims on the other, with the former claiming that anybody who mentions the Liberty must be anti-Semitic, and the latter seeing the incident and its coverup as evidence that Washington D.C. is, as Pat Buchanan put it, "Israeli-occupied territory."
My fellow GCN talk show host Alex Jones has called attention to a third perspective, best-outlined in Peter Hounam's book Operation Cyanide. Far from being a purely Israeli atrocity, Jones cites Hounam and argues that Lyndon Johnson and other top US officials planned the Liberty sinking as a false-flag trigger for US involvement in the 1967 Mideast war.
Now the American Free Press, a bastion of unfettered journalism that has helped expose 9/11, is echoing Hounan's charges.
Funny how the mainstream media and academy, to the very limited extent they consider the Liberty incident, blame it on Israel. Yet these same mainstream journalists and academics toss insults like "anti-Semitic" at people in the patriot movement who question 9/11-- people like Alex Jones and AFP, who, unlike the mainstreamers, blame American officials, not Israeli Jews, for the Liberty atrocity!
To me, that suggests that people like Alex Jones and AFP search for the truth wherever it leads--while the mainstream is just a sewer of official lies.
LIBERTY ATTACK PART OF GRAND SCHEME
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By Mark Glenn
This June 8, 2007, marks
the 40-year anniversary of Israel’s bloody attack on the USS Liberty, a
lightly armed U.S. Navy ship sailing off the coast of Egypt at the time.
A former schoolteacher fluent in several languages, Mark Glenn spoke at the AFP-TBR conference on the Middle East panel. He is a prolific writer whose provocative essays have been published worldwide. He and his wife Vicki and their eight children maintain a ranch in northern Idaho. His book, No Beauty in the Beast, can be ordered from TBR BOOK CLUB (1-877-773-9077) for $28 ppd.
(Issue #23, June 4, 2007)
OPERATION CYANIDE: Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III, by Peter Hounam, Vision, a division of Satin Publications, Ltd, London,
Since it reviewed A. Jay Cristol's book, THE LIBERTY INCIDENT, in August 2003, MILITARY HISTORY was bombarded with letters, including some from outraged survivors, insisting that the Israeli attack on their ship on June 8, 1967, was not in error, but deliberate (see letters, P. 8), and demanding that the guilty party confess to the crime. Absent from all such accusations, however, was a substantial explanation of motive: What would make it worth Israel's while to attack a ship -- even a spy ship -- being operated by one of its few supporters in the world?
In OPERATION CYANIDE, Peter Hounam, an investigative reporter for the SUNDAY TIMES and the British Broadcasting System with 30 years' experience, presents the results of his research into the question of "who really dunnit," which evolved into more of what he called a "why dunnit." Hounam structures his book accordingly, as the reader follows him from interview to interview, gathering clues like a detective from testimonies that tend to be scattered, fragmentary, guarded and sometimes almost cryptic. As Hounam "connects the dots," however, the scenario that emerges is fantastic and yet, in view of the United States' rush to war with Iraq in 2003, not entirely implausible.
In essence, President Lyndon B. Johnson and some key officials, seeing the increasingly Soviet-leaning Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser as a threat, made secret arrangements to help Israel in its coming June offensive with the intention of toppling Nasser. As part of Operation Cyanide, USS LIBERTY was sent to operate off the Sinai coast, where it was to be sunk with all hands by unmarked Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats, after which the United States would blame the attack on Egypt and launch carrier air strikes against Cairo -- with nuclear weapons if necessary. The stubborn refusal of LIBERTY'S crew to die or let their ship sink after 75 minutes of air and sea attack -- in spite of two American carrier sorties to aid her being inexplicably called back -- led to the cancellation of Operation Cyanide, Israel's apology and offer of restitution for a "tragic mistake," the Johnson Administration's swift acceptance of that explanation and an equally quick, reassuring "hot line" telephone call to Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin.
The first book to seriously examine the possible reason behind the attack on USS LIBERTY, OPERATION CYANIDE presents fragmentary evidence to support an extraordinary theory. If, however, the emergence of further evidence proves its premise to be true, one cannot help but wonder if their being set up for destruction by the government they swore to serve, in the interests of starting a nuclear war based on a lie, is the sort of truth that LIBERTY'S bitter survivors were hoping for.
BOOK REVIEW OF "OPERATION CYANIDE"
By John Simpson
BBC World Affairs Editor
This is an extraordinary story, one of the most extraordinary, perhaps, of the entire twentieth century. Suppose, in an attempt to shore up his critically damaged presidency, Lyndon Johnson deliberately engineered an event in which American lives were sacrificed and the United States was brought disturbingly close to an all-out nuclear war with Russia? Suppose
this involved a secret agreement between Israel and American intelligence, which resulted in an Israeli attack on an American naval vessel, in the latter stages of the Six-Day War?
It sounds, I know, like one of those depressing conspiracy theories which cluster round every big controversial event from the death of Princess Diana to the attack on the World Trade Centre. People often have problems in handling the banality of truth, and prefer to imagine deeper, darker plots beneath the surface. Yet this book is based on careful, rigorous
investigation by a well-known and respected journalist who has meticulously tracked down the people and the documents who have survived from the event itself: the attack on the USS Liberty, in the eastern Mediterranean in June 1967.
As with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, four years earlier, the official version is even more unlikely than some of the conspiracy theories. In order to believe the hasty, often contradictory account which came out of Washington, you would have to accept all sorts of virtual impossibilities: that Israeli planes and torpedo boats could have mistaken a modern American warship of ten thousand tons for an elderly Egyptian horse transport less than a quarter of its size, come to within fifty feet of it without spotting that it was flying a particularly large American flag, and blazed away at it from close range for forty minutes before realizing what it was they were shooting at. A hasty American enquiry immediately afterwards called it 'a bona fide mistake.' That seems, to say the least, a little implausible.
Yet this is the official
version, which stands to this day. Any other version -- that of the
Liberty's surviving crew members, for instance -- has been extremely hard to
establish because of the intensity of the security blanket which the
Israelis and Americans wrapped around the entire incident.
I have found Peter Hounam's research compelling, and the story which unfolds in these pages rivetting. It is time a little daylight was shed on Operation Cyanide. This book does precisely that, and we should be grateful for it.