Cambodia, Pol Pot, Khmer Rouge, and Agrarian Communism
Saturday, Aug 21, 2010
The United States' secret and illegal bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War killed approximately 150,000 Cambodians, started not under Nixon but under Lyndon Johnson (Laos was also secretly bombed). This led to a coup d'etat by the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, an agrarian communist movement that tried to realize socialism in its most extreme - no property, no money, schools closed, religion banned and forcefully moving many from cities to farms. The Khmer Rouge ruled from 1975-1979, and in just four years brutally murdered an estimated 2 million Cambodians or 25% of the country's population.
An amazing documentary was made called S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine which even brings together former prison guards and former prisoners face-to-face: