June 30, 2005


Some 40,000 Americans attended in "The concert for Bangladesh" (The first kind of Liveaid effort) and Allen Ginsberg wrote and recited the poem "September on Jessore Road" in a poetry recital program arranged by the forum "Americans for Bangladesh" to raise funds for the refugees of the Bangladesh's war of Independence against Pakistan and protest the genocide of the Pakistani Army.

On the other hand Richard Nixon, the then American president continued supporting the Pakistani military throughout the genocide in Bangladesh, by sending its 7th Fleet (including nuclear submarines and fighter jets to intimidate India who engaged into the battle against Pakistani Army in the fag end of the war.

Manish of Sepia Mutiny posts a pictorial saga of how Nixon ignored the reports of American consulates in Dhaka and Delhi from the recently declassified US government records.

The most notable is the one in which the Dhaka consul communicated his disgust in the infamous Blood telegram:

Nixon retaliated by transferring him out of Bangladesh. In a recent interview in the Indian Express the then US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said:

"at the end of the day, I have to think of America."

Certainly, the Nixon and the other US policymakers had thought only of American policies and let the genocide of 3 million people happen. It is surprising that no one is even talking of trying the responsible policymakers for war crimes. And the US government brags about upholding human rights more than any other nations.


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