Before reading this post, please see my 9/11 disclaimer. As fresh insights and information have emerged in recent years, and because we can never really say too much about this devastating crime, I felt I should contribute what I can to the discussion.
In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union. This marked the beginning of glasnost and the end of the Cold War. Communism, we were soon told, was no longer a threat.
So who did fire the “shot heard round the world”? The answer is important, because that shot ignited the American Revolution, which in turned engendered the world’s most powerful nation. I believe the answer was a dark secret, buried with the dead that April morning.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese planes, launched from aircraft carriers, attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, sinking or heavily damaging 18 ships (including eight battleships), destroying 188 planes, and leaving over 2,000 servicemen killed.
Newspapers were the first vehicle that mainstream media used to manipulate Americans into war. In 1898 the “Yellow Press,” spearheaded by the New York Journal and the New York World, fabricated outlandish atrocity tales about Cuba in the run-up to the Spanish-American war.
The USS Liberty was an American reconnaissance ship, unarmed except for four 50-caliber machine guns. During the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbors, it was stationed in international waters off the Egyptian coast. Israel’s air force and navy attempted to sink the Liberty.