Understanding The Cambodian Tragedy

February 16, 2016

9 thoughts on “Understanding The Cambodian Tragedy

  1. There is a need for all of us to understand what happened during the period of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror. For this purpose, we should visit Toul Sleng Genocidal Museum and the Killing Fields at Cheoung Ek to appreciate what the Hun Sen government was up against in the rebuilding the country. I have read books about the genocide and the Khmer Rouge but none of what I read prepared Dr. Kamsiah and I for what we saw when we visited the Killing Fields at Cheoung Ek during the Chinese New Year holidays.

    Most of the skulls we saw in the memorial stupa belonged to Cambodians between the ages of 20-40. The Khmer Rouge killed all young educated people who they regarded as being elitist and intellectuals. As a result, Cambodia has now to rebuild its intellectual power from scratch. The good news is that the Cambodian authorities have made great progress. –Din Merican

  2. Thanks for this blog post regarding the Cambodian tragedy; I really enjoyed it and am definitely recommending this blog to my friends and family. I’m a 15 year old with a blog on finance and economics at shreysfinanceblog.com, and would really appreciate it if you could follow, read and comment on some of my articles, and perhaps follow, reblog and share some of my posts on social media. Thanks again for this fantastic post.
    Shrey, thanks for your comments. I will certainly follow your blog and now with your permission, I will reblog your writings on my blog when appropriate. Please go to my blogroll and click Hishamh’s blog and you will reading his blog. I will put your blog on my blogroll. Please share your views with us. We have some very good commenters.–Din Merican

  3. A 15 yr old that looks and behaves as 30? Okay. What a genius!
    Welcome to Imagination, which is the signpost of Intelligence, not mere ‘Knowledge’.

    Charles Darwin once said: “I have always maintained that, excepting fools, men do not differ much in intellect, only in zeal and hard work.”

    The genesis of any Genocide cannot be simplified into an itemised factual account.
    It has to take into account the subhuman proclivity to violence and torture. The Khmer Rouge, lacked the supratentorial capacity of empathy, rationality and morality. Simply put, they were Cannibalistic Animals, who encouraged and participated on the Slaughter of ‘The Other’.

    Btw Din, there was no need to subject Dr Kamsiah to “The Horrors”. Neither i or my significant other, visited the macabre museum of Man’s Inhumanity to Man. We also refused to ‘tour’ Dachau. Our Imagination had sufficed.

  4. Din

    Have it occurred to you that Malaysia has progressed to the stage where non Muslims and opposition leaders are now being treated not just as second class citizens but being demonized to the point that the future for them look as bleak at the Chams of Cambodia during Pol Pot? We are in dangerous territory too.

    You should ask MCA and MIC about this. BTW the Pol Potist committed genocide against Cambodians. UMNO also discriminates against Malays who are critical of their leaders. Your comparison is in accurate and inappropriate. –Din Merican

  5. >did lawlessness and the absence of a functioning state contribute to the mass killings in Cambodia?<

    I wanted to laugh when the writer called Sihanouk "repressive": would a "repressive" leader be so loved by its people? How did the lawlessness came about? Have people forgotten how massive US bombings destroyed the state, or the lawless killings of Cambodians conducted by the puppet Lon Nol? Have people forgotten the pictures of dead bodies clogging up the Mekong during Lon Nol's reign? How many of the skulls we see today belonged to the bombings and the slaughters by Lon Nol? The revenge killings by Pol Pot cannot be excused, but neither can the genocidal aerial bombings or the Lon Nol killings that rivaled the state-conducted massacres conducted by Suharto. So is the book a subtle, most recent attempt – a first shot – at regime change?

    Considered universally, was the genocide of Native Americans, from over 10 millions to less than a million by the beginning of the 20th century or the disappearance of the Australian aborigines a result of stateless, lawless, environments? Or were they a result of deliberate state policies? How about the genocide at Kenya ("Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya" by Caroline Elkins)??? It's not difficult to bring up more examples: the consequences of massive genocides are often apparent decades and even centuries later. The disappearance of entire peoples and/or their cultures are a fact of modern history, and should be investigated so that such tragic episodes do not happen again, whether in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, or in Europe.

  6. “Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum” should be renamed “Socialism Victims Museum”. Beside Islamism, socialism has caused the biggest number of deaths in human history. But still few intellectual apologists of socialism asks for forgiveness of the intellectual negligence. Authors such as Scott Rawlinson above will spend their live research genocide, and attribute nothing to socialism as the prime cause of the social upheaval and the mass death.

    Historian Alan Charles Kors’s “Can There Be an ‘After Socialism’?” for the Atlas Society, Sept. 27, 2003:

    No cause, ever, in the history of all mankind, has produced more cold-blooded tyrants, more slaughtered innocents, and more orphans than socialism with power. It surpassed, exponentially, all other systems of production in turning out the dead. The bodies are all around us. And here is the problem: No one talks about them. No one honors them. No one does penance for them. No one has committed suicide for having been an apologist for those who did this to them. No one pays for them. No one is hunted down to account for them. It is exactly what Solzhenitsyn foresaw in The Gulag Archipelago: “No, no one would have to answer. No one would be looked into.” . . .

    To be moral beings, we must acknowledge these awful things appropriately and bear witness to the responsibilities of these most murderous times. Until socialism—like Nazism or fascism confronted by the death camps and the slaughter of innocents—is confronted with its lived reality, the greatest atrocities of all recorded human life, we will not live “after socialism.”

    It will not happen. The pathology of Western intellectuals has committed them to an adversarial relationship with the culture—free markets and individual rights—that has produced the greatest alleviation of suffering; the greatest liberation from want, ignorance, and superstition; and the greatest increase of bounty and opportunity in the history of all human life.

    This pathology allows Western intellectuals to step around the Everest of bodies of the victims of Communism without a tear, a scruple, a regret, an act of contrition, or a reevaluation of self, soul, and mind.


  7. “Beside Islamism, socialism has caused the biggest number of deaths in human history. But still few intellectual apologists of socialism asks for forgiveness of the intellectual negligence.”

    Also watching Thundercats in the 80’s increased the rate of bestiality, worldwide.

  8. Socialism has a wonderful way of getting an unsuspecting society to accept it just like how cancerous cells get accepted by human body. Cancerous cells appear like normal cells as far as our white blood cells (the ones that defend your body against germs) are concerned, and therefore the white blood cells will not destroy cancerous cells as they would for other invading germs.

    So, every young generation will be attracted to socialism, and all effort will be repeated to persuade them that the good-looking socialism is actually cancerous.

    The following experiment should be repeated in all colleges from where most devoted socialists normally come:

    An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.

    All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

    The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name calling all resulted in hard feelings as no one would study any longer for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because under capitalism when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when the government levels the playing field and takes more of reward away; no one will try or want to succeed as much as before.


  9. “Socialism has a wonderful way of getting an unsuspecting society to accept it just like how cancerous cells get accepted by human body. ”

    And right wing talking points or canards is the chemotherapy !

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