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Anniversary of World War III That Wasn't
by Albert Persohn
This is year 41. In 1967 at this time the six day war was raging. At the end of it the map of the Middle East had been redrawn for the umpteenth time. Today could also be the 41st year of World War III. Had history changed ever so slightly we may have fallen into a war that would likely still be raging.This is year 41. In 1967 at this time the six day war was raging. At the end of it the map of the Middle East had been redrawn for the umpteenth time. Today could also be the 41st year of World War III. Had history changed ever so slightly we may have fallen into a war that would likely still be raging.The USS Liberty was an American listening ship stationed off the coast of Egypt. On the morning of June 8 1967 Israeli forces attempted to sink it. By the grace of God the ship did not sink. On one hand we trust that the world has learned from the USS Liberty and no similar incident will ever happen again. On the other we fear that the desperate times such as those we live in today may give rise to similar events with more dreaded outcomes.
Had Israel sunk the Liberty the US would have entered the war against Egypt. The Soviets would have joined on Egypt's side and the world would have erupted. The brief clips below contains a series of interviews with Liberty survivors and a retelling of the story.
As a postscript, the Johnson administration had three naval vessel incidents which should be studied by anyone interested in modern history. The Gulf of Tonkin led to major escalation in Vietnam. Neither the Maddox or the Turner Joy were hit yet an uninformed and unsuspecting public believed a corrupt administration and sent their children to die in the jungle. The Liberty attack was probably considered in the light of the success of the Gulf of Tonkin lie. The year after that the North Koreans captured the USS Pueblo, a war weary president with no plans to re-engage that regime sat on his hands while the crew was imprisoned and tortured for nearly a year. Captain Butcher of the Pueblo remarked that the navy failed to use experience gained in the Liberty attack to protect ships like the Pueblo.
The attack resulted 34 American deaths and 173 wounded. The ship had a 40 * 40 foot torpedo hole in the side and at least 821 canon and rocket holes in it. There were thousands 50 cal strafing rounds plus extensive damage from napalm all over the vessel.
Pocket History Of The Liberty Attack
Liberty Story Told By Some Of The Survivors
Treason On The High Seas