|Here's an interesting one:||sn69|
Oct 22, 2003 7:28 PM
FWIW, I've long agreed with some theorists who suggest that Liberty was sunk intentionally to block the signals intelligence she was providing that, in turn, was being provided to the Egyptians via Soviet and third party proxy (Cyprus perhaps) in order to satisfy Soviet concerns about Israeli strategic advances on the battlefield.
While both sides continue to dispute the facts, the records nonetheless show that 6th Fleet received Liberty's distress calls and the closest carrier battle group was never dispatched to render assistance.
It has always amazed me that more people don't know about this. My father and I enjoy shoving this incident in the faces of our few rather zealous relatives.
|I don't buy it||mohair_chair|
Oct 22, 2003 9:15 PM
|The Soviets didn't really get seriously into Egypt until after the Six Day war, and besides, Egypt was out of that war in the first few hours. Considering the first wave of the incredibly coordinated Israeli attack met almost no resistance, it's hard to imagine that Egypt was getting intelligence from anyone. I think Egypt managed to get a few planes up, but everything else was destroyed on the ground.
I wonder what would have happened if the 6th fleet had responded. After all, the entire Israeli Air Force was in the air and armed to the teeth. It could have been quite the air battle.
The Soviets moved into Egypt after 1967 and gave them enough SAMs to keep the Israelis out. They totally turned the tables on the Israelis in 1973.