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    With President Bush recently bringing up the killing fields of South East Asia as justification for the US continuing the war in Iraq [1], I could not help but think of John Pilger's 1991 film "Cambodia: The Betrayal." This documentary investigates and outlines the West's, particularly the US's, behind the scenes and ongoing support for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Indeed, this backing began during the Carter administration and it continued throughout both the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations.

    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
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    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,
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    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

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I am a Free-lance writer/researcher who lives in Michigan. I lived most of my life in Michigan but have also lived in California (from 1980 to 1988) and in Washington state from '78 to '79. I met and married a Thai woman while I was in California. (more...)
 

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