Genocide is “the deliberate systematic murder of a certain race, ethnic group, or even a nation.” To a very high extent the mass killings in Cambodia can be considered as genocide because the Khmer Rouge deliberately and systematically attempted to destroy the people of Cambodian people. After the deposition of Cambodian president Lon Nol the Khmer Rouge wasted no time in imposing their will on the country. Within days of overthrowing the previous government the Khmer rouge forced the civilians of Cambodia to leave their homes to go and work as unpaid labourers on a collection of farms. No one was shown mercy upon; the very old, sickly and very young were all sent. If they failed to move quickly e... ... middle of paper ... ...t between two groups of civilians within a country.” The killings that took place in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge cannot be considered as a civil war.
Why does nobody know who this monstrous human being was? What did Pol Pot do to become such a terrible person? Pol Pot was a Cambodian dictator who led the country through hell. People say that Pol Pot killed almost as many people as Hitler did. People should become aware of what he did and how horrifying it really was.
The Holocaust lasted from 1933 to 1945, when Hitler finally committed suicide in fear of being captured by American troops. This genocide took place all throughout Europe. It started in Germany and spread all the way to Great Britain. (“Some”). The Cambodian Genocide was an attempt by the Khmer Rouge to take over and centralize all Cambodian farmers (“Cambodian”).
Also, thousands were killed on farms and labor camps at the killing fields and pits. Plus, it all happened because of Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge trying to make Cambodia like the Maoist China. Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge would kill anyone for any reason. Finally, The Cambodian genocide was one of the greatest tragedies of all time and we should all stay aware of prejudice to avoid yet another genocide.
“The Khmer Rouge in Cambodia demonstrates that a government can be guilty of genocide against its own people” (The Killing Fields). In the Cambodian genocide the people targeted were those who could not perform labor work and were educated because of the working society Pol Pot desired. Pol Pot, the Cambodian genocide and Khmer Rouge leader, was stopped from continuing on with his horrid acts when he lost control of his army in a battle against the Cambodian government. Khmer Rouge had a main part in this genocide. Between the years 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge spread “like a virus from the jungles until they controlled the entire country” (The Khmer Rouge).
The Khmer Rouge concurred Cambodia by completely destroying civilizations and killing about two million people in the process, resulting to the psychological scars that remain within Cambodians till this day. Additionally, the Cambodian communist movement developed from the country’s struggle against the French, and was impacted by the Vietnamese (CambodiaTribunalMonitor). In 1973, Khmer Rouge placed almost half a million tons of bombs on Cambodia, with the help of the United States, causing the death of more than a quarter million of people. Some of those who lost family members or harbored a grudge, joined the Khmer Rouge. They didn’t have much of a choice because they were abandoned, or they were forced to join the movement.
He killed the educated people because he was worried that they would threaten his power. So Cambodia will now be struggling on educating the Cambodian people. Pol. Pot also wiped out a lot of ethnicity in Cambodia. An author at Regional Geography writes "Cambodia is the least ethnically diverse country in Southeast Asia because of Pol Pot."
Cambodian Genocide Parents are held back by the Khmer soldiers, in shock and awe of what they have just witnessed. In the hands of another soldier is their dead baby that the ruthless Khmer Soldiers had just mercilessly and brutally smashed and killed against a tree just so they would not get revenge for their parents once they get older. Although this is very gruesome and unthinkable to most people, this was one of the common horrors from the Cambodian Genocide. Many people were killed and tortured while the Khmer Rouge Communist Party was determined to turn Cambodia into an only labor oriented society. Although there have been many other mass genocides in history, the Cambodian genocide is the most deadly and mysterious genocide in history.