October 03, 2007

Remember the Liberty

Israel is our friend—right? Well, not quite, as the latest revelations about the sinking of the USS Liberty make all too clear, and the survivors of that attack—in which 34 US servicemen were killed, and at least 173 wounded by Israeli fighter jets—are angry:

“Their anger has been stoked by the declassification of government documents and the recollections of former military personnel, including some quoted in this article for the first time, which strengthen doubts about the U.S. National Security Agency’s position that it never intercepted the communications of the attacking Israeli pilots—communications, according to those who remember seeing them, that showed the Israelis knew they were attacking an American naval vessel.

“The documents also suggest that the U.S. government, anxious to spare Israel ‘s reputation and preserve its alliance with the U.S. , closed the case with what even some of its participants now say was a hasty and seriously flawed investigation.”

Read the whole thing—and weep.

P.S. Oh, and here’s a magazine cover you won’t see again in our lifetime …

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