The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was piracy, The Star and Bones pirate flag says it all,
LIBERTY DAY, 2011 — Wednesday was the 44th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which killed 34 crewmen and wounded 171 on June 8, 1967.
Earlier that day Liberty’s crew had waved at Israeli flybys, never suspecting that the pilots meant to sink the ship and shoot the survivors. During the attack LBJ ordered efforts to reach the embattled ship to stand down, and the life-and-death struggle continued to rage until a Russian ship broadcast the situation to the world.
The USS Liberty, the US Navy and the USA had suffered a most ignominious day: attacked by allies, Judased by Johnson, saved by Soviets.
Pro-Israel Admiral John McCain, father of pro-Israel Senator John McCain, led the cover-up. The captain of the Liberty received the Medal of Honor for keeping quiet. The crew was split up and threatened into silence, according to the Chicago Tribune 2007 special report,The Strike on the USS Liberty.
We should commemorate Liberty Day as a companion to Independence Day. The Fourth of July recalls heroic revolution against tyranny, while the Eighth of June recalls bitter submission to tyranny. The Fourth is for joyous celebration; the Eighth for somber reflection. I don’t think George Washington would object to the idea. In hisfarewell address he cautioned that faction was dangerous because:
“It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.” — 1796