But then they go too far and, thus, completely undermine their all-too-tidy, but thinly stretched, case by offering "a seductive but unsubstantiated scenario" in which the evil "Soviets deliberately lured the Israelis into attacking" [p. 185] the USS Liberty. It was this outrageous and gratuitously anti-Soviet assertion that compelled me to reexamine just how thinly stretched their evidence for Soviet perfidy in June 1967 actually was.
Last month, while visiting with Russian scholars in St. Petersburg who specialize in Russian-American relations, I had the opportunity to discuss the allegations made in Foxbats over Dimona with Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov. A distinguished, erudite gentleman, with years of honorable and exceptional diplomatic service to his credit -- both to the Soviet Union and Russia -- Ambassador Vorontsov also possesses a gift for humorous understatement.
Thus, when I asked him to comment about the claims made in Foxbats over Dimona, Ambassador Vorontsov soberly asserted that he possessed no first-hand knowledge, one way or the other, about the allegations made in the book. Then, assuming the dignified demeanor of a diplomat who would have heard about such things, he added (something to the effect of): "But it sounds like a marvelous fantasy!"
And so it seems.
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