After 30 years, the leading members of the Khymer Rouge go on trial for genocide. However, where are the other idividuals who are responsible for the mass murder in Cambodia?
Over thirty years after they were ousted from power, what is left of the crack pot leadership of the Kyhmer Rouge are currently standing trial. Over 1.5 million Cambodians died during four years of Khymer Rouge rule. The leader and architect of the crazy project, ‘Pol Pot’ died around thirteen years ago.
The entire population was forced to abandon the cities and go to work in agriculture. Anyone who refused was tortured and murdered. The John Pilger documentaries are an excellent overview of the period.
Quite right that these men are facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide. Per head of population, this has to be the worst case of genocide ever committed. Perhaps if Cambodia had been an oil rich country, they outcome may have been different.
Reading around the atrocities in Cambodia, it has made me wonder if some of the other war criminals who decimated the Cambodian population will ever be brought to justice. I refer to the individuals within the US government who launched a secret bombing campaign against Cambodia. In 1969/1970, they dropped of half a million tonnes of bombs on Cambodia, killing in excess of 300,000 people. Much of the bombing has been documented as ‘indiscriminate’ as they didn’t care what the hit. The bombing was thought to have lasted fourteen months, however documents de-classified in recent years shows that the bombing was over fourteen years, starting in 1965, and in actual fact, 2.7 million tonnes of bombs were dropped.
One of the leading figures in the operation was the Nobel peace prize winner, Henry Kissinger. When is that bastard going to face a war crimes tribunal?
Who ousted the Khymer Rouge from power and ended the genocide, was it the the US, or NATO? No, It was the Vietnamese, who despite being decimated by nearly fifteen years of a brutal conflict that had cost them millions of lives, crossed the border and chased Pol Pot and his cronies out.
Cambodia has a bloody history to say the least. There is not a person alive in the country that has not had a family member murdered by the Khymer Rouge. I hope they get the justice that they are looking for. However, it is about time that the others who played a murderous part in the Cambodian genocide are taken to task.
I am not sure who, or how many of the US government of that time are still alive. Kissinger is. He is wheeled out as an expert speaker on world events on various TV stations and talk shows. He is respected by many, but in actual fact he is one of the most despicable men still alive in the world. He has the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands, yet sits with a fucking Nobel Peace Prize on his bedside cabinet.