By Gary J. Bass
A riveting history—the first complete account—of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger within the 1971 atrocities in Bangladesh that ended in battle among India and Pakistan, formed the destiny of Asia, and left of their wake a number of significant strategic outcomes for the area today.
Giving an staggering inside of view of the way the White residence particularly works in a predicament, The Blood Telegram is an remarkable chronicle of a pivotal yet little-known bankruptcy of the chilly conflict. Gary J. Bass indicates how Nixon and Kissinger supported Pakistan’s army dictatorship because it brutally quashed the result of a old loose election. The Pakistani military introduced a crackdown on what used to be then East Pakistan (today an self sustaining Bangladesh), killing millions of individuals and sending ten million refugees fleeing to India—one of the worst humanitarian crises of the 20th century.
Nixon and Kissinger, unswayed via exact warnings of genocide from American diplomats witnessing the bloodshed, stood at the back of Pakistan’s army rulers. pushed not only by way of chilly battle realpolitik yet by means of a sour own dislike of India and its chief Indira Gandhi, Nixon and Kissinger actively helped the Pakistani govt whilst it careened towards a devastating conflict opposed to India. They silenced American officers who dared to talk up, secretly inspired China to mass troops at the Indian border, and illegally provided guns to the Pakistani military—an neglected scandal that presages Watergate.
Drawing on formerly unheard White residence tapes, lately declassified records, and wide interviews with White apartment staffers and Indian army leaders, The Blood Telegram tells this exciting, shadowy tale in complete. Bringing us into the drama of a obstacle exploding into struggle, Bass follows newshounds, consuls, and guerrilla warriors at the ground—from the determined refugee camps to the main secretive conversations within the Oval place of work.
Bass makes transparent how the United States’ embody of the army dictatorship in Islamabad could mould Asia’s future for many years, and confronts for the 1st time Nixon and Kissinger’s hidden function in a tragedy that was once a ways bloodier than Bosnia. this can be a revelatory, compulsively readable paintings of politics, personalities, army disagreement, and chilly warfare brinksmanship.