The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide by Gary J. Bass
reviewed by Peter Gordon
28 September 2013 — The “blood” in the title of this excellent account of Bangladeshi independence refers to Archer Blood, American Consul General in Dacca as the events unfolded in 1971. The telegram (a “cable” back to the U.S. State Department) was one he titled “Selective Genocide” to describe the clampdown by Pakistani forces—armed by the United States as an important Cold War ally—on political unrest. The “blood” of the title is a macabre double-entendre.
This and subsequent cables had little noticeable effect. Soon after