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  • Gary J Bass
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  • 01 October 2018
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FREE DOWNLOAD The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General NonfictionWinner of the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book AwardWinner of the Lionel Gelber Prize for Best Foreign Affairs BookWinner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book AwardWinner of the Cundill Prize for Historical LiteratureWinner of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations' Robert H Ferrell Book PrizeWinner of the Ramnath Goenka. Brilliantly well researched book Exposes the deep seated racist world view of Nixon and Kissinger

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FREE DOWNLOAD The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub R strategic conseuences for the world today Drawing on previously unheard White House tapes recently declassified documents and his own extensive investigative reporting Gary Bass uncovers an astonishing unknown story of superpower brinkmanship war scandal and conscience Revelatory authoritative and compulsively readable The Blood Telegram is a thrilling chronicle of a pivotal chapter in American foreign policy. This isn t only a tale of genocide or of the civil war that created Bangladesh from what had been East Pakistan but also of how deliberate actions and inaction on the part of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger facilitated the mass slaughter of Bengalis and the forced relocation of millions while the United States destroyed any chance of long term influence in South Asia The narrative centers on Archer Blood the last US consul general in Dhaka when it was still the capital of East Pakistan and the cable he sent through the official State Department dissent channel a telegram that described the actions of the Pakistani army as genocide against the Bengali people including targeting intellectuals political leaders and students Official Washington was able to ignore Blood s message simply by declaring that a bloodbath carried out by an American ally using arms supplied from this country and with tacit encouragement by the Richard Nixon himself was an internal matter to be dealt with by PakistanThe diplomats on the scene 28 State Department officers signed the telegram in addition to Archer Blood reported that the systematic destruction of Bengali society fit the terms of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide all too well Unfortunately for those in East Pakistan Henry Kissinger was cultivating the military ruler of Pakistan General Yahya Khan as a conduit to the rulers of the People s Republic of China so Khan s forces were given a free pass to do their worst and they did The United States had significant leverage with Khan and could have forced him to put an end to the atrocities committed by his army using US weapons but chose to wash their hands of itGary J Bass has a definite point of view not to put too fine a point on things he has real contempt for both Nixon and Kissinger But it is hard to fault his approach he knows the sources cold and makes excellent use of recently declassified documents unused White House tapes and hours of interviews with US officials in who had served in Dhaka and Washington as well as Indian Army officers A former reporter for The Economist now an academic historian Bass knows how to frame a story that has been too little known in this country

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FREE DOWNLOAD The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Award One of the Best Books of the Year at The Economist Financial Times The New Republic The Washington Post Kirkus Reviews A New York Times Notable Book This magnificent history provides the first full account of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's secret support for Pakistan in as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh which led to war between India and Pakistan shaped the fate of Asia and left majo. I did not remember much about the 1971 attack by Pakistan on its eastern region now known as Bengla Desh It is a terrible story The basics are that following a national election in which a Bengali from East Pakistan won the central government dissolved parliament and attacked East Pakistan It was not a war because the Bengalis were almost all unarmed civilians It was a slaughter of millionsThe Blood Telegram tells how President Nixon and even Henry Kissinger gave the Pakistan government a green light to go in and massacre but refused during the course of the slaughter to indicate in any way that the US had a problem with killing innocent people using US supplied armsIn short the US aided and abetted what amounted to genocideIt is a terrible story but uplifting too because of the resistance of State Department officials led by the US Consul in East Pakistan a heroic figure named Blood of all things and the US Ambassador to India Kenneth Keating These two and others flatout told Nixon and Kissinger that they were supporting genocide using that wordNeither cared Both viscerally hated India too democratic and racially offensive to them PLUS neutral vis a vis the US and USSR and loved Pakistan not democratic at all with the military pretty much running everything On top of that Pakistan was close to China and Nixon wanted to go to China soa few million people dead was not a high price to payGreat book Every page is a revelation And the best news Kissinger is alive to see how history will remember him as someone utterly indifferent to the slaughter of innocents in East Asia along with his crimes in Vietnam Chile etc etc