Tell that to the Lib­erty's sur­vivors, Mr. Lieber­man

The Pak Banker - - Editorial -

Kevin Rudd, had ap­par­ently asked him if Is­rael would sign the Nu­clear Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty to as­sist the cause of stop­ping the spread of nu­clear weapons.

Liberman said "No" be­cause "Is­rael does not pose a threat to peace in the world." ( My em­pha­sis added).

The prob­lem, Liberman as­serted, "is not fo­cused on the is­sue of the de­ploy­ment of nu­clear weapons it­self" but on "the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the states which pos­sess weapons of this kind."

So ac­cord­ing to Lieber­man, the nu­clear-armed Zion­ist regime is a re­spon­si­ble state. There's no need for the world to be concerned about its re­fusal to sign the NPT.

Back in Novem­ber 2003, the find­ings of an un­pub­lished but leaked poll for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in 15 EU mem­ber states found that Is­rael was re­garded as the "top threat to world peace" --ahead of North Korea, and Afghanistan --by 59% of the 7,500 Euro­peans in­ter­viewed. Seven years and two Is­raeli wars (acts of state ter­ror­ism) later, that find­ing can only have been re-en­forced.

If Lieber­man re­ally be­lieves there is a plau­si­ble case for Is­rael as a "re­spon­si­ble" state, he could test it by mak­ing it to the Lib­erty's sur­vivors - those who sur­vived Is­rael's at­tack on Amer­ica's most ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated spy ship, an as­sault by air and sea in­clud­ing tor­pe­does that killed 37 Amer­i­cans and wounded 174, 90 of them se­ri­ously. If on the fourth day of the 1967 war things had gone ac­cord­ing to the plan of the man who or­dered the at­tack, Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter Moshe Dayan, the Lib­erty would have been sunk with all Amer­i­can hands on board, leav­ing no­body to tell the story of what re­ally hap­pened.

For those who are not aware of the truth of what hap­pened, the Lib­erty was on sta­tion off the coast of Gaza as the John­son ad­min­is­tra­tion's in­surance pol­icy. Lis­ten­ing to Is­raeli mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ca­tions, its main mis­sion was to pre­vent Is­rael go­ing to war with Syria and pos­si­bly pro­vok­ing a U.S-Soviet con­fronta­tion. Pres­i­dent John­son had given Is­rael a green­light to at­tack Egypt but only Egypt. Dayan or­dered the at­tack on the Lib­erty to pre­vent it giv­ing the John­son ad­min­is­tra­tion early warn­ing of his in­ten­tions to ex­tend the war to Syria af­ter he had taken the West Bank of Jor­dan. As it hap­pened, Is­rael's last land grab of the war --the tak­ing for keep­ing of the Syr­ian Golan Heights --did pro­voke the threat of Soviet mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion. For some hours there was the prospect of a su­per­power con­fronta­tion and pos­si­bly World War III. But at the brink, catas­tro­phe was averted by use of the White House-Krem­lin hot line.

Is­rael's at­tack on the Lib­erty ought to have been a sen­sa­tional, head­line-grab­bing news story, but be­yond the fact that an "ac­ci­dent" had hap­pened and that Is­rael had apol­o­gized, it did not get re­ported by Amer­ica's news or­ga­ni­za­tions. It was too hot an is­sue for them to han­dle. If it had been an Arab or other Mus­lim at­tack on an Amer­i­can ves­sel, it's rea­son­able to specu- late that Amer­ica would have re­sorted to a mil­i­tary strike, if not war, on the coun­try it held re­spon­si­ble. What did Pres­i­dent John­son do? Out of fear of of­fend­ing the Zion­ist lobby and its stooges in Congress, he or­dered and led a cover-up which re­mains in force to this day. And the main­stream me­dia went along with it. As it still does. The les­son of the cold­blooded at­tack on the Lib­erty was that there is noth­ing the Zion­ist regime might not do, to its friends as well as its en­e­mies, in or­der to get its own way. The job Mr. Lieber­man wants most of all is Ne­tanyahu's.

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