In conclusion, Over two million people died in the Cambodian Genocide. It is one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century. People were killed for their religion and ethnicity. Many thousands were killed because of their jobs and their families were also killed because they were related to someone with an educated job. Also, thousands were killed on farms and labor camps at the killing fields and pits.
The Khmer Rouge put all Cambodians to work as laborers at farms. Anyone who refused to work or opposed their opinions was killed. The fields in which the Cambodians were forced to work were labeled the Cambodia killing fields. People that the Khmer Rouge saw as a possible threat were educated people, monks, religious enthusiasts, Buddhists, and Christians. The Khmer Rouge was cruel and heartless with what they did.
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.
Genocide is the mass slaughter of a certain type of people because of who they are. The Cambodian Genocide was the mass slaughtering of people who were foreign, educated people, not Khmer (the native race in Cambodia), as well as other people the Khmer Rouge considered to be enemies. It was one of the most horrific events in modern history, and it was discovered years after it began. It took place over a four-year period, from 1975-1979, and left a profound impact on not only Cambodia, but also the world. Pol Pot, the leader of the Cambodian Genocide, sought to impose his view of a perfect communist society throughout Cambodia, with everyone completely equal in economic status, class, and job.
Pol Pot should have at least gotten punished for his wrongdoing. Pol Pot was the leader of Khmer Rouge who led his communist party to kill twenty five percent of Cambodia resulting from starvation, overwork, and executions.
Things that happened in the Khmer Rouge years are still around today. In Cambodia it is common for when parents grow of old age and are unable to take care of themselves, their children will take care of them. Since so many people were killed in the Khmer Rouge, those of the elderly that lived most likely no longer have children to take care of them. Another lasting effect of the Pol Pot regime, is the fact that Pol Pot killed anyone who was educated. He killed the educated people because he was worried that they would threaten his power.
They overthrew the government and proceeded with their plan. All intellectuals and educated such as doctors and lawyers were killed, Along with all un-communist aspects of traditional Cambodia. The struggle is that the Khmer Rouge was ready to kill you if you were educated in a field such as being a doctor, lawyer, engineer, and scientist. The ones who were not killed were sent to labor camps. “The imposition of a murderous regime always leaves its leaders afraid: afraid of losing power, failing to prevent vengeance, a... ... middle of paper ... ...r 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).
Evil doesn’t even begin to cover it. The mass murder of millions of people. The complete obliteration of an entire society. Each and every genocide has the same core principles, but a distinct face. A dictator takes over a weak country with promises of returning it to its former glory, once he has everyone’s support, he implements extremely discriminatory laws and finds reasons to kill anyone who dares oppose him.
Mao Zedong’s policies caused the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese and resulted in one of the worst famines in world history (Rummel 234). The Khmer Rouge in Cambodia led by Pol Pot carried out a genocide that killed 2 million Cambodians from a population of only 8 million (Heuveline 54). These were all communist governments that used Marxism as a framework to rule. Unfortunately, Marx’s ideas were stripped down and repurposed to fulfill the goals of each