Mark Stapleton Posted April 26, 2007 Share Posted April 26, 2007 (edited) The biggest hole it that by June 8, day four of the “Six Day War”, the Israelis had already achieved most of their objectives: They had captured the Gaza Strip, the Sinai and the West Bank; the Egyptians and Jordanians were in full retreat. The air forces air airfields of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq had been destroyed, the Israelis had no need for American fighters or bombers. This may be true--I'll have to verify this claim, but it still leaves the central question unanswered: namely, was it deliberate or accidental? The Americans established that elements of the IDF had identified the Liberty as early as 9am. Yet the attack still went ahead. Therefore, two possibilities present themselves, A-Deliberate. This would constitute an act of war. Technically, this would require a response from the US. The US responded to the USS Maine, Pearl Harbour and the Gulf of Tonkin by declaring war on the nations responsible. Why would this be any different? The only possible defense would be the claim that the attack occured during a time of war. At the very least, the leadership of the IDF should have been hauled before a war crime tribunal, court martialed and imprisoned. The dead and wounded and their families deserved better than to be intimidated into silence. B-Accidental. This would mean that a significant breakdown in the chain of command had occured. The 'element' which was aware of the Liberty's identity had not communicated this to the 'element' responsible for the attack. Moreover, the element responsible for the attack had not recieved proper clearance from the high command. Somehow, wires were crossed and the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing. This raises the alarming question; if such a breakdown in the command structure occurred, why is Israel in possession of nuclear weapons? Couldn't a similar breakdown result in a nuclear catastrophe for the region? Unidentified 'elements' within the IDF apparently act without properly constituted authority, so if Israel were under attack, or even under the threat of attack, these elements may again respond unpredictably. A nation which contains unpredictable 'elements' and whose chain of command has proven to be unreliable and irresponsible should never possess such weaponry. Their vast conventional armoury is already too much. The US tells the world that its role is to ensure that nuclear weapons don't fall into the hands of irresponsible Governments. If the US was to play that role, pressure should be placed on Israel as it is being placed on North Korea and Iran. Of course, this will never happen because 1) the US is lying about its role and 2) Israel's strongest supporters own the western media and the US politicians. These are the two possibilities. FWIW, I believe it was no accident. Edited April 26, 2007 by Mark Stapleton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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