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So the child was the executioner ?
The atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge are not nearly as well known as they should be. That was a case of Communism spun wildly out of control, to the point that wearing eyeglasses would get you dragged off to a camp and executed as an intellectual and possible enemy of the Party. Between the mass killings and the self-inflicted famine they murdered over a million of their own people and still kept their seat at the U.N.
Those Khmer Rouge people were real jerks.
1) From 1975-1979, roughly 2 million people died from starvation, execution, or disease. 2) Almost 100% of the 20,000 people imprisoned died in prison. 3) Pol Pot wanted a classless society and he focused his brutality on the bourgeois. 4) In 1975, Pol Pot evacuated 2.5 million people (mostly the wealthy and educated) from Phnom Penh, took all of there possessions, and forced them to toil in the fields. 5) Pol Pot was never tried for his crimes and ruled the country until 1998.
They would enter a village and immediately kill anyone wearing glasses. The glasses labeled them as educated and thus irredeemable.
Looks like his supply sargent was good ol uncle sam
That’s a US weapon. Eeek.
“The Killing Fields” (1984) is a movie–one of the best of the decade IMO–based on the experiences of the *New York Times* correspondent and his Cambodian colleague Dith Pran during this time period.