After Pol Pot's incursions into Vietnam and the slaughter of hundreds of
Vietnamese civilians in villages just over the border from Cambodia, Vietnam retaliated and managed to expel the Khmer Rouge from Phnom Penh. Hanoi then put in place a government in Cambodia that was no longer a threat to the Vietnamese. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge then retreated back into the rural areas and, subsequently, carried out actions over the western border into Thailand.
Pilger, who was in Cambodia in 1979 just after the Khmer Rouge were beaten back
by the Vietnamese, noted in his documentary that the humanitarian needs of the
Cambodian people could not be addressed by the UN at the time because the
US and Britain were actively blocking aid from reaching the civilian population.
Instead of providing help, the US was funneling weapons and other supplies to
the KR. This warmongering activity apparently went on for over ten years in duration.
According to Pilger, the CIA had fifty people assigned to their project to
assist Pol Pot. Rather than assisting the Cambodian people in
recovering from the nightmare that was Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge,
the US sided with the mass murderers and gave them aid. In
addition, Reagan demanded that the KR represent Cambodia in the UN.
Indeed, he insisted upon this ratification despite his full knowledge of all the
carnage that this regime had carried out during its three and a half years in power.
At the same time, the US also strong armed Thailand in defense of the KR when
Thailand attempted to expel its members from Thai bases of operation. Furthermore,
the US threatened cutting off trade with Thailand if the Thai government did not agree
to allow KR groups to be located inside the borders of Thailand.
All considered, Pilger, in his documentary and numerous article on the subject, can be
credited for blowing the lid off of the US criminal support of Pol Pot and the Khmer