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Friendly fire happens for seconds not hours

Reader comment on item: The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Spy Ship

Submitted by Wayne McCarthy (United States), Nov 2, 2002 at 21:00

I just recently took an interest in the USS Liberty tragedy by stumbling on to a website one day. When it happened I was 9 years old and I honestly don't remember it being taught in school. After reading accounts from both sides I can only see a major cover-up.

Friendly fire incidents happen for seconds. The Israelis attacked for 2 hours. I read one account that an Israeli pilot attacked, returned to his base, refueled and re-armed and attacked again. According to the survivors, an American flag was flying at all times. Even when one was shot-up it was replaced by a larger one. The claims of there not being enough wind to extend the flag are totally bogus. I can think of many days sailing with barely enough wind to fill my mainsail but still watching my flag flying from my masthead. According to the accounts the Liberty was doing about 5 knots when they were attacked. That forward speed alone is enough to extend a flag...

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