The level of massacres in East Pakistan and America turned a blind eye to it in 1971 forced the hand of American Consul General to Dhaka to send this dissent telegram out. American government didn’t like the telegram and Blood was unceremoniously transferred out main reason being America was attempting to open channels with China through Pakistan and it was to ignore these massacres so that a joint Sino-American axis can be formed against Russia. Blood was not privy to this information.
The telegram(Date – Dacca, April 6, 1971, 0730Z.)
FMI AMCONSUL DACCA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3124
INFO AMCONSUL KARACHY
AM CONSUL LAHORE
Confidential Dacca 1138
Subj: Dissent From U.S. Policy Toward East Pakistan.
Joint State/Aid/USIS Message
1. Aware of the Task Force proposals on “Openness” in the Foreign Service, and with the conviction that US Policy related to recent developments in East Pakistan serves neither our moral interests broadly defined nor our national interests narrowly defined, numerous officers of AMCONGEN Dacca, USAID Dacca and USIS Dacca consider it their duty to register strong dissent with fundamental aspects of this policy. Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities. Our government has failed to take forceful measures to protect its citizens while at the same time bending over backwards to placate the West Pak dominated government and to lessen any deservedly negative international public relations impact against them. Our government has evidenced what many will consider moral bankruptcy, ironically at a time when the USSR sent President Yahya a messahe defending democracy, condemning arrest of leader of democratically elected majority party(incidentally pro-West) and calling for end to repressive measures and bloodshed. In our most recent policy paper for Pakistan, our interests in Pakistan were defined as primarily humanitarian, rather than strategic. But we have chosen not to intervene, even morally, on the grounds that the Awami conflict, in which unfortunately the overworked term genocide is applicable, is purely an internal matter of a sovereign state. Private Americans have expressed disgust. We, as professional civil servants, express our dissent with current policy and fervently hope that our true and lasting interests here can be defined and our policies redirected in order to salvage our nation’s position as a moral leader of the free world.
2. Our specific areas of dissent, as well as our policy proposals, will follow by SEPTEL.
Robert L. Bourquein,
W. Scott Butcher
Zachary M. Hahn
Robert A. Jackson
Joseph A. Malpeli
Willard D. McCleary
John L. Nesvig
William Grant Parr
Richard L. Simpson
Robert C. Simpson
Richard E. Suttor
Wayne A. Swedengurg
Richard L. Wilson
Shannon W. Wilson
4. I support the right of the above named officers to voice their dissent. Because they attach urgency to their expression of dissent and because we are without any means of communication other than telegraphic, I authorize the use of a telegram for this purpose.
5. I believe the views of these officers, who are among the finest U.S. officials in East Pakistan, are echoed by the vast majority of the American community, both official and unofficial. I also subscribe to these views but I donot think it appropriate for me to sign their statement as long as I am Principal Officer at this Post.
6. My support of their stand takes another dimension. As I hope to develop in further reporting, I believe the most likely eventual outcome of the struggle underway in East Pakistan is a Bengali victory and the consequent establishment of an independent Bangladesh. At the moment we possess the good will of the Awami League. We would be foolish to forfeit this assent by pursuing a rigid policy of one-sided support to the likely loser.
Additional names who signed an undertaking supporting the telegram –
A. Peter Burleigh
Townsend S. Swayze
Joel M. Woldman
Anthony C. E. Quainton
Howard B. Schaffer
Douglas M. Cochran
John. Eaves, Jr
Robert A. Flaten
The first reactions from America – Discussion between William P. Rogers, NSA ad Henry Kissinger, Secretrary of State
Rogers: I wanted to talk about that goddam message from our people in Dacca. Did you see it?
Rogers: It’s miserable. They bitched about our policy and have given it lots of distribution so it will probably leak. It’s inexcusable.
Kissinger: And it will probably get to Ted Kennedy.
Rogers: I am sure it will.
Kissinger: Somebody gives him cables. I have had him call me about them.
Rogers: It’s a terrible telegram. Couldn’t be worse—says we failed to defend American lives and are morally bankrupt.
Kissinger: Blood did that?
Rogers: Quite a few of them signed it. You know we are doing everything we can about it. Trying to get the telegrams back as many as we can. We are going to get a message back to them.
Kissinger: I am going in these two days to keep it from the President until he has given his speech.
Rogers: It If you can keep it from him I will appreciate it. In the first place, I think we have made a good choice.
Kissinger: The Chinese haven’t said anything.
Rogers: They talk about condemning atrocities. There are pictures of the East Pakistanis murdering people.
Kissinger: Yes. There was one of an East Pakistani holding a head. Doyou remember when they said there were 1000 bodies and they had the graves and then we couldn’t find 20?
Rogers: To me it is outrageous they would send this.
Kissinger: Unless it hits the wires I will hold it. I will not forward it.