David Snell's letter of June 5 concerning the murderous attack by Israel on the USS Liberty illustrates the lengths to which Israel will go in their self serving policies and clearly proves once again that no politician dare criticize anything Israel does, regardless of how damaging to our interests. To criticise Israel one risks the label of being an "anti-Semite" which is nonsense but very effective in curbing criticisms.
Israel was in a state of war with Egypt and wanted the USA to become involved with our troops and assets, but they knew that short of a violent provocation or attack that was not going to happen. So Israel decided to attack the Liberty and claim that the Egyptians had committed the atrocious act so we would join their efforts. But they got caught and instead made the bogus claim that they made a mistake.