A new book, The Blood Telegram, by Gary J. Bass of Princeton explores the birth of a nation (Bangladesh) and how geopolitics and grand strategy leave certain countries along the way as collateral damage. Its a sad history and helps us understand how small countries suffer while he powerful do what they will.
This may sound remote or irrelevant to Americans, but the unrest has much to do with the United States. Some of Bangladesh’s current problems stem from its traumatic birth in 1971 — when President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger, his national security adviser, vigorously supported the killers and tormentors of a generation of Bangladeshis.
And from another region, Afghanistan reveals names of the dead from another war in another time:
Thirty-four years later, the names and details of nearly 5,000 of those victims — arrested, tortured and killed by the Afghan Communist government in 1978 and 1979 — have resurfaced, cataloged in records released in September.
The so-called death lists were originally compiled by the Afghan government. They languished, unreleased, for decades, until unearthed by Dutch investigators and published on the Web site of the Netherlands national prosecutor’s office.