Letter: Apology, retribution was extended



In a June 3 letter, “Lest we forget,” Wilbur Wood wrote, regarding the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces, that “to my knowledge, no apologies have been made.”

According to The History Channel, “Israel later apologized for the attack and offered $6.9 million in compensation, claiming that it had mistaken the Liberty for an Egyptian ship.” (See http://www.history.com under This Day in History, June 8).

Also, according to the long and complex article in Wikipedia, “In May 1968, the Israeli government paid U.S. $3,323,500 as full payment to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3,566,457 in compensation to the men who had been wounded. On 18 December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million as settlement for the U.S. claim of $7,644,146 for material damage to the Liberty itself.”

It was a tragic mistake made in the fog of war. Unfortunately, we see this in Afghanistan almost every week.

Karen Kohler