For those who follow the intrigues and explosive events surrounding the relationship between America and Israel over the last 4 decades it is easy to “get into a rut” so to speak and blame every single catastrophic event solely on the treachery of Israel. The tragedy though (and certainly the part hardest to swallow by patriotic Americans who would just as soon take their own lives as betray their fellow countrymen) is that there have been and are players on the American side of the equation whose hands are just as dirty as those of their Israeli counterparts. Whether it was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, the bombing of the Twin Towers in 1993, the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995 or the events taking place on 9/11, the fact is that the only way these could have taken place is if elements within the US government infrastructure cooperated with the planning, execution and subsequent dissemination of propaganda in the aftermath of these operations.
Now, a new and terrible tale has surfaced indicating yet again that elements of the US government were involved at the highest level in even more criminal acts against the very same American people whom she is charged with protecting. The case in question involves the June 8th, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty by the air and naval forces of the state of Israel during the height of the Arab-Israeli War that led to the deaths of 34 American servicemen. Long-believed that players within the Johnson administration simply assisted in the cover-up of the attack so as “not to embarrass” America’s greatest ally, Israel, it now it appears that American political, intelligence and military persons played a key role in setting up the Liberty for the purpose of igniting WWIII in what was code-named “Operation Cyanide”.
It was a heady time, to be sure. The US and the USSR were neck-deep in what was called the Cold War and by all appearances it seemed that a shooting match between the two superpowers was an inevitability. The reader should keep in mind that this was only a few short years after the Cuban Missile Crisis and a time when America seemed unable to stop the spread of communism in Asia and other parts of the world. In the Middle East, states such as Egypt, with dynamic, fiery and recalcitrant leaders such as Nasser were forming strong bonds with the Soviets for military and economic aid. Using the same rational that led to America inserting herself militarily into areas such as Korea and Vietnam, it was believed that if not stopped the Soviets would entrench themselves in the Middle East to the point that America’s access to the oil of that region would be directly jeopardized and that, just as the communists had predicted decades before, the West would be conquered “without a shot being fired”.
It has long been assumed that Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS Liberty was just another of her made-to-order false flag operations done simply for the purpose of dragging an unwilling America into a Middle East war on the side of the Jewish state. However, new information uncovered by former BBC investigative journalist Peter Hounam reveals that America–and more specifically the administration of Lyndon Johnson–was not as much the unsuspecting victim in all of this that she has claimed these last 40 years. Based on relatively new evidence, the attack on the Liberty was actually part of a much larger plan and that the Liberty incident was just one domino in a series of them that had as the ultimate goal a real-live shooting war between the US and the USSR. Had the Liberty been sunk with no witnesses as planned, the world would be a much different place now as a result, and certainly not for the better.
In short, what was planned for that awful day in American history was that the a defenseless, unarmed American ship sailing in international waters off the coast of Egypt be sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean and that the Soviets and their Arab allies (in particular Egypt) would be blamed for the event. As with the sinking of the USS Maine nearly 70 years earlier, the cry would be “Remember the USS Liberty” and America’s “justifiable” response to such a horrendous act would be the launching of nuclear weapons against Egypt, the USSR’s ally. Working in tandem with the US would be allies such as Israel, Great Britain and, interestingly, Australia.The end result would be a Middle East free of any Soviet presence, leaving America and her ally Israel in possession of Arab oil for the foreseeable future and in a better position to dictate terms to the communists.
In the minds of powerful men such as these–men who sit in comfortable offices and expensive chairs and who do not have to answer to anyone for their actions, the rationale for such an act is simple–better that 300 men die in the service of their country than that the ‘free world’ fall into the clutches of Soviet communism. What prevented all of this from taking place was that–simply by the grace of God–the Liberty did not sink and the world was spared, at least temporarily.
Of course there is no official confirmation of Operation Cyanide. In fact there is no mention of it at all. In various interviews that have been conducted over the years, individuals from Secretary of Defense McNamara to Dean Rusk to Richard Helms to Mossad spy chief Rafael Eitan have demonstrated great intellectual and verbal energy for men their age when discussing various items but who then clam up instantaneously when Operation Cyanide is mentioned as if they were witnesses to a Mafia hit and feared for their lives.
Nevertheless the smaller players who were involved at that time have a different tale to tell, and piecing together all the small parts that they individually bring to the table fleshes out a picture that, although not crystal clear, is clear enough to suggest that America was involved in the murder of 34 of her young men on June 8th 1967 in a much deeper fashion than previously thought. For the sake of those men who died that day and for those who survived the attack physically but who have endured the assault of lies that has been waged against them these last 40 years, the truth concerning what took place that day must be told. In the opinion of many, the Liberty incident may very well hold the key to freeing America from the bondage she suffers under men such as those who have murdered–not only her people, but as well her political system.
Beginning in June, AFP will begin running a series of exclusive articles going into deeper detail the mechanics of “Operation Cyanide” with an individual who worked in US Intelligence circles and has first-hand knowledge of the events that took place before, during and after June 8th 1967. What he has to say has never before been published.
Mark Glenn–Correspondent, American Free Press Newspaper