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This book is not at all convincing.
on February 14, 2014
In 1967 the Israeli Air force and the Israeli Navy attacked a U.S. Navy vessel killing more than thirty American sailors. The Israeli government claimed it was an innocent mistake and that they confused the American ship with an Egyptian Navy vessel. One of the officers who was on the ship write a book about the attack which was highly critical of the Israeli government.
This writer attempts to explain away the attack and exonerate the Israelis. Here is the problem: The USS Liberty was flying a large American flag...the good old red white and blue. The American flag looks nothing like the Egyptian flag. Egyptian ships are marked in arabic. U.S. ships are clearly marked with numbers. These numbers were clearly visible to attacking aircraft and to the Israeli Patrol Torpedo boats that fired multiple torpedoes into the U.S. ship in two separate attacks.
The USS Liberty did not carry Naval canons, or deck mounted torpedo tubes...all of which is plainly visible at a considerable distance. It did not carry a deck mounted missle battery, also plainly visible at a distance. In other words, the U.S. ship posed no threats to Israeli aircraft or navy vessels. If the Israeli's thought there was something suspicious, they could safely approach without attacking.
Although the author correctly debunks a number of myths surrounding the attack, he fails in exonerating the Israelis. Had it happened anywhere else in the world, we would have retaliated promptly. American politics being what it is, we did nothing.