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.
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Diplomatic activities involves many jobs in one. This illustration by Diplofoundation summarizes the four different kind of working situation that any diplomat can face during the career. Each one of them requires different skills and it is a job on its own. Appropriate training and experience is needed to perform adequately and take the right decisions.