David Walsh's article, "Friendless Fire," in the June 2003 Proceedings makes a compelling case but leaves many questions unasked and therefore unanswered. His assertion of serious flaws in the book, The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship, by retired Naval Reserve Captain A. Jay Cristol, bears further analysis. What happened to the Liberty on 8 June 1967 that killed 34 men and wounded 172 has relevance for contemporary Middle East politics. Before any examination of that relevance can begin, however, several aspects absent from Walsh's narrative need to be identified. What follows not only supports Walsh's principal contentions but also adds perspective to show how a fragile and inflammable Middle East scenario can escalate to the brink of a disaster far beyond the immediate consequences of the tragic loss of nearly three dozen brave Americans.
Special: Liberty Victims Did Not Die in Vain
By Anthony R. Wells