Graham Greene’s The Quiet American was published in 1955, after the Dien Bien Phu, but years before America bumbled into Vietnam. A film version was released in 2002, after Tora Bora, but before America bumbled into Iraq. Without giving away the story, anymore than you can discern from the trailer above, this is one of the best work on the unintended consequences of American intervention.
Americans are, of course, interested in Bangladesh too. They have been for a while. In the post-9/11 world, how can they be not interested in one of the largest Muslim countries in the world? And their interest has been registered not as quietly as was the case in Greene’s Saigon. In 2007, as in now, their interest was expressed vocally. Nonetheless, the plot went awry in 2007. Will this time be different?