524 ংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধ দলিলপত্রঃ ত্রয়োদশ খন্ড If so, you can see by now how effective such considerate methods are! It would be difficult to imagine, considering the catalogue of attested crimes against humanity in the Yahya Khan, Tikka Khan recording during this very period, how the conduct of this regime could have been worse? Better try another method of persuasion, Mr. Nixon; Unless you do, your foreign policy may reach its nadir over your wrong relation to Bangladesh, with is extraordinary moral and humanitarian significance. What then becomes of your dream of being remembered as a creative peacemaker? Has the time not come, in light of Bangladesh, for a foreign policy with a human face? Is it not time to turn away from the professional power politics chessboard? Ego-blindness is the archenemy of world peace. The Pentagon Papers disclosures were a timely warning against those who do not hesitate to master-mind the lives and destinies, of others, who form brain-trust coteries and pay with global chessboards. How often Life laughs at their clever stumbles! Too often, they are so knowledgeable, so full of information, that there is no room left for wisdom. There is a canny instinct in the people's distrust of brain-thrusters. Public confidence in a government in the only justification for its existence. By this test Yahya Khan, Tikka Khan, their junta and their minions have forfeited any further right to be in East Bengal. And if you, Mr. President, incredible as it is, have uttered no word of public criticism of that regime during all these months of its terror and, on the contrary have come to its defense-and action in harmony with it, despite Congressional criticism are you not adding dangerously to the growing credibility gap in these stormy times? What will our new 18-25 voters think of all this? And now comes tyrant Yahya Khan's amazing announcement to the world that is was the slaughter of 100,000 of their fellow-citizens by the Bangladesh Awami League and their followers that forced him to declare martial law to put down the bloody rebellion! The refutation of this grant lie is simple. How is it that the many foreign and Pakistani reporters in East Pakistan before the reign of terror that began at midnight on March 25, failed to report this horrible news, and that Yahya himself, far from telling the world this story, gave every appearance, until that date, of negotiating in good faith with Mujibur Rahman leader of the Awami League, having publicly referred to him as the "coming Prime Minister of Pakistan?" We know now that Yahya's negotiations were a blind for the army's preparations for the genocidal eruption-and so soon after Pakistan had solemnly signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! A piece of this deceit was Pakistan's twice (in 1948 and 1965) attacking India with armament obtained under the assurance that it was for her own defense only, especially against any Communist aggression. Can this kind of ally contribute to America's or the "Free World's" security? If ever a regime has murdered a people, betraying democracy, and violating all criteria or humanity, it is the regime you, Mr. Nixon, are trying to defend and support. If a ruler grossly misgoverns his own people and, refusing to be their protector, becomes their torturing dictator, dare you, even then support him on the grounds that he is "essential to America's security?"