Defendant says US policies triggered rise of Khmer Rouge





The former chief of the Khmer Rouge's most notorious prison said his group would not have risen to power in the 1970s if it weren't for the policies of former U.S. President Richard Nixon and his top diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Kaing Guek Eav (pronounced Gang Geck EE-UU), better known as Duch, made the comments Monday before Cambodia's genocide tribunal during testimony charting his personal journey to revolution.

He also said that he realized early on that the Khmer Rouge would end up as a disaster for Cambodia.
Duch's remarks on U.S. influence in the region were part of his account of the years before the Khmer Rouge's 1975-79 regime. They echoed U.S. critics such as Noam Chomsky, who charged that Washington's policies ensnared Cambodia in the Vietnam War, destabilizing the country to the point that the Khmer Rouge could take over.


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kenny nmn komodo - 4/10/2009

What a load this guy is trying to peddle. The Khmer Rouge didn't just "take over" as if it were some peaceful transfer of power. The entire region, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and of course Vietnam, was unstable, true enough, but the brutal and murderous Khmer Rouge made certain that through intimidation, kidnapping, deception, subterfuge and outright murder they would become the leaders of the country. They knew what they were doing and had to plan, that's why they called the start of their revoultion "Year Zero". Now that their little experiment has ended in failure this guy is trying to soft sell his murderous regime. Hey I have an idea. Lets turn him over to a people's court in Cambodia and see what the people think? Any chance he might walk?...Nahhh..but he might swing from the highest tree.

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