Oppression and vengeance in the Cambodian genocide

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Abstract

In April 2000, the Phnom Penh Post, an English-language newspaper, published an interview with a former Khmer Rouge cadre who had studied in Paris with Pol Pot and helped to found the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK). When asked why Pol Pot killed millions of people, the former cadre, who chose to remain anonymous, replied, "A s far as the killing is concerned, I don't think it was only Pol Pot. It was more about revenge-the revenge with Lon Nol [soldiers] for killing their husbands and wives before 1975." In subsequent parts of the interview, the cadre expanded on this assertion, which seemed to be related to his view that Pol Pot was a "gentle man" with a "good heart" who ultimately shouldn't be blamed for the killing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenocides by the Oppressed
Subtitle of host publicationSubaltern Genocide in Theory and Practice
PublisherIndiana University Press
Pages84-102
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780253353092
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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