In my last post, Chas left this comment:
If you spend any time on Basef Right X, you might see posts like this:
Google: "USS Liberty" pic.twitter.com/ADSVKisV0t
— Connor Boyack 📚 (@cboyack) November 2, 2023
Or maybe this:
FUCK ISRAEL!!!!! NEVER FORGET USS LIBERTY!!!!! pic.twitter.com/MmVNLTH0oo
— Junk Mail (@MiscStuff084) November 3, 2023
The USS Liberty incident another antisemitic conspiracy theory that the Based Right latched onto to justify their Jew hatred.
The USS Liberty incident is the most studied friendly fire accident in military history.
On June 8, 1967, right in the middle of the Six Day war, the USS Liberty was on patrol in the Mediterranean, in international waters, off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula.
It was a spy ship. It’s job was to record all the radio transmissions in the area during the Six Day War.
It was in a waterway that had previously been used by the Egyptian Navy and at the time was not flying the US colors.
There was an explosion of munitions on a beach in Israel, and the IDF suspected it had been shelled by the Egyptian Navy.
The Israeli Air Force spotted a ship in range, and misidentified it as an Egyptian vessel and opened fire.
The location of the USS Liberty was radioed to Israeli Navy patrol boats.
There is some debate to if the USS Liberty fired upon the Israelis or if it was ammunition cooking off in a fire, but the patrol boats launched torpedoes, one struck the USS Liberty.
As a result, 34 US sailors were killed and 171 were wounded.
The USS Liberty identified itself, at which point the Israelis called off the attack and immediately offered assistance, which was rejected.
The US Navy, IDF, US Congress, and Knesset all investigated, as well as a number of historians in the private sector.
The US Government released all radio communications prior to and during the attack on a FOIA.
The conclusion by all parties was that the attack on the USS Liberty was an accident caused by confusion in the middle of a war in which Israel was attacked on all sides by seven Arab nations.
The Israeli government paid $3.2 million to the families of the dead sailors, $3.5 million to the wounded sailors, and $13 million to the US Navy for damages to the ship.
It was a friendly fire accident between allied nations during a war and Israel paid restitution.
End of story.
Except for the Jew haters who want to sever ties between the US and Israel.
They claim that the attack was deliberate.
They generally give one of three justifications.
The first is that the Jews hate white Christian America and simple wanted to attack Americans.
This is just naked bigotry and Jew hatred. It also fails to explain why Israel admitted fault and paid restitution.
The Second is that they wanted to draw America into the war on its side and make it look like an attack by Arab states.
The logic of Antisemites isn’t logic, so they fail to explain how Israel attacking a US ship while flying Israeli colors and speaking Hebrew would trick the Americans into thinking they were attracted by Arabs and join the war on Israel’s side.
The third is the USS Liberty has recorded evidence of an Israeli war crime in Egypt.
Except that supposed war crime didn’t happen and no evidence for it was released with the other radio traffic from the Liberty.
This conspiracy theory usually digresses, when these points are brought up, that the Jews and/or Israel secretly owns or bought off Congress and the Department of Defense and that’s why they say it was an accident and are not telling the truth that it was a deliberate attack.
The Based Right continue to bring this incident up to try and prove the Jews hate the United States and the US should abandon Israel as a friend and ally.
Friendly fire incidents happen.
They are tragic.
In 1966, the US Coast Guard Ship Point Welcome was attacked by US Air Force aircraft, killing two Coast Guard sailors.
In Desert Storm, another fast paced war in the Middle East, 24% of all US casualties were friendly fire.
There were a number of high profile friendly fire incidents in the GWOT.
The US Air Force killed five Green Berets by bombing them.
US Army Ranger and former NFL player Pat Tillman was killed by US troops when an IED was mistaken for enemy mortar fire.
The US has killed allied troops as well.
We dropped JDAMs on both Canadian and British military units in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These incidents are always explained as having occurred during the fog of war.
But the one time an Israeli friendly fire incident against an American ship occurs, it’s the result of malicious action and evidence of the evil of the Jews.
The USS Liberty has entered the Canon of Antisemites and the people who bring it up now do so in bad faith.