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The story of “The Blood Telegram” shows how difficult it can be, for a diplomat, to tell what he believes to be the truth. Here’s an interesting review by The Economist of the book by Gary Bass, a Princeton academic, analyzing America’s role in the Bangladesh war of independence in 1971.

U.S. diplomat Archer Blood put his career at risk by revealing Pakistan’s crimes against Bangladeshi citizens fighting for independence in a telegram to Washington, then strongly allied with Islamabad, the occupying power.

A difficult profession

Image source: Flickr – Shamir (CC – BY – 2.0)

 

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