A look back at how the Nixon White House helped to choreograph a genocide in Bangladesh
From the beginning of the South Asian crisis that culminated in the birth of Bangladesh in 1971, argues Gary J. Bass in this impressively researched book about a “forgotten genocide,” the major responsibility for what happened falls on two men—Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. While the president and national-security adviser directly collaborated in the secret bombing that touched off another genocide in Cambodia, the Bangladeshi crisis was more a study in conventional Cold War intrigues and personal piques than the Cambodia bombing had been—one reason, perhaps, that the full details of the US response are only now coming to light. Vietnam and Cambodia provided the headlines that eventually led to the Watergate scandal and the process of impeachment that came to an end with Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
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