During the Vietnam War, leading up to the conflicts that would contribute to the genocide, Cambodia was used as a U.S. battleground for the Vietnam War. Cambodia would become a battle ground for American troops fighting in Vietnam for four years; the war would kill up to 750,00 Cambodians through U.S. efforts to destroy suspected North Vietnamese supply lines. This devastation would take its toll on the Cambodian peoples’ morale and would later help to contribute that conflicts that caused the Cambodian genocide. In the 1970’s the Khmer rouge guerilla movement would form. The leader of the Khmer rouge, Pol Pot was educated in France and believed in Maoist Communism.
“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).
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In the Cambodian Genocide 1.7-2 million people lost their lives during that time, kids lost parents, parents lost kids, and friends lost friends. This all started in 1975 YEAR ZERO-when Khmer rouge started clean with the Cambodians by sending them to the county side and sent the calendar back to zero. Genocide in general is important because it’s incredibly bad to wipe out a race/group of people and it has to stop now. The Khmer Rouge and the leader Pol Pot’s (brother #1) and Nuon Chea (brother #2) goal was to overthrow the Monarchy and its leader Prince Siuhanouk to create an ARGARIAN SOCITY. In which there would be no private ownership of anything forgin or modern.
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Pol Pot’s socialized charismatic leadership ended with millions of innocent people left dead and an unavoidable question of what caused this genocide. In the 1970’s, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, started to grow significantly because of the war in Vietnam. Bombs aimed at Vietnamese soldiers kept entering Cambodia and the Cambodian leader at the time, Norodom Sihanouk, was doing nothing to help. Citizens found refuge in Pol Pot because he had motivation, intelligence, and charisma; three important characteristics of a leader. Pot was constructing an organized group, setting goals, and adapting to his situation, which defines Pot as a leader.
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