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Head of Khmer Rouge torture prison dies a 77

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Many many years back I taught in a Cambodian school. I asked a class of about 20 students about their family. Every single student had lost family members to the Khmer Rouge. They also cut the head off my English friend.

meanwhile, Hun Sen, the PM is an ex Khmer Rouge general.

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Ah, the Khmer Rouge - another glorious socialist government.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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The work of the war crimes tribunal was tainted by its limited scope and the age of its defendants and recorded only three convictions -- including Duch's.

Only three convictions. What a stellar job the UN did.

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How was it, again, that the Kmher Rough seized power?

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Ah, the Khmer Rouge - another glorious socialist government.

Like with Castro, like with Chavez, different tune and the same old boring song.

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bass4funkToday  03:05 pm JST

Ah, the Khmer Rouge - another glorious socialist government.

Like with Castro, like with Chavez, different tune and the same old boring song.

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Good riddance. But apart from Ceaucescu, another socialist luminary, they almost never suffer the same way as they inflicted pain on others.

And wonder why the downvotes - are some people on here denying this guy was a socialist, or supporting what he did? Interesting...

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Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I'll second that

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justifying socialism and communism, two systems that inevitably end in murder and disaster. 

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No, they don’t inevitably end in murder.

Just disaster, then?

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No, they don’t inevitably end in murder.

Yeah they do, look no further to Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam, the former Eastern block, I could go on and bore people to death, but I won’t. These systems were evil to the core and that’s the reason why so many people from the countries that practice this sick ideology are coming to the States or Canada, Australia to escape the madness and if these systems are so good then why aren’t any of the people preaching to use how good they are go to the countries that practice them?

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Frightening to think you could be tortured and finally killed just because you wear glasses.

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Can’t believe this guy lived this long. Someone should’ve done the world a favour & knocked him off a long time ago

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Those people here talking about the evils of governments they don't like should be putting a bit more thought into acknowledging the very special evil that Pol Pot and henchmen like Duch unleashed upon the Cambodian people. You talk about Vietnam, Venezuela, Cuba and other places as though they were on a par with Cambodia, but anyone with five minutes to spare can read up on Cambodia and realize pretty damn quickly that there have been very few if any governments since the Nazi Holocaust of WW2 that have anywhere near the same blood on their hands that the Khmer Rouge has. Maybe Rwanda, maybe China when Mao was turning swords into ploughshares and starving millions of his own people, but that's about it.

In just 4 years, between 1.5 and 2 million Cambodians died directly at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. There were no compensating gains in the welfare of its citizens, as whether you like it or not, there have been in China since Deng, or in Vietnam with its modernization, or Cuba with its massive literacy and education programs, and makes even failed states like Venezuela, to name just one, look like a tea party in comparison.

What happened in Cambodia went beyond conventional left/right exemplars, and straight into a madness that very few States ever descend into, whether left or right. To use it to try and make cheap political points is an obnoxious abuse of history.

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Burn in hell.

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You just agreed it was the leaders, not the systems.

Okay... so the leader of the Khmer Rouge was Pol Pot, and Kaing Guek Eav was the chief torturer and executioner for the Khmer Rouge so essentially the top executioner and torturer for Pol Pot.

In contemporaneous writings and statements, Pol Pot's motivation for forming the Khmer Rouge were clearly and openly expressed. Pol Pot's quest was to build a society based entirely and literally on the ideals set forth by one Karl Heinrich Marx.

Kaing Guek Eav just "respectfully and strictly followed the orders" of a man who's dream was to bring the ideals of Marx to real life. What we saw back in the late seventies was a "system" of applied Marxist ideology on full display. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, were just trying to be the best Marxist anti-fascist they could be and the "system" they came up with was totally based on Karl Marx's version of socialism.

It is the system.

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Frightening to think you could be tortured and finally killed just because you wear glasses.

Mao's Red Guards were every bit as bad. My family has direct hands on experience with that.

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My family has direct hands on experience with that.

You had family in the Red Guard?

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You do all know how the KR came to power and the US governments role in supporting them?

Also that the “evil communist” Vietnamese ended the KR reign in Cambodia?

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