“Cambodian Genocide – What really happened”


God forgive us!


— Introductory note in his compilation “Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors.”

“I see … a pile of skulls and bones. For the first time since my arrival, what I see before me is too painful, and I break down completely. These are my relatives, friends and neighbors, I keep thinking … It is a long time before I am calm again. And then I am able, with my bare hands, to rearrange the skulls and bones so that they are not scattered about.”

5 Responses to ““Cambodian Genocide – What really happened””

  1. Leeballz Says:

    Horrible things happened in Southeast Asia during that time; a flash point in the cold war that crossed many a border. However, I’m sure you have a point here that you are trying to make about the current situation. If I read it correctly it’s that radical change forced on the people can lead to radical things and often what it leads to is not good. Is that the point you were aiming for, or did I read you wrong?

  2. rosettasister Says:

    Leeballz, you always make me think.

    I guess this is where I parted from my youth.

    I became a realist, and even studied, or tried to make sense of what had transpired.

    I came to believe that what I had been spoonfed was not the whole truth.

    I was raised on Greynolds Park and Free Love and not trusting the Man, even though I was a bit too young to really have experienced that.

    What I believe is that if you’re always coming from the left, or always coming from the right, well then, you’re missing a lot.

    We’ve come a long way, we didn’t let that happen again. And the left will never admit that they were wrong then. Just as Obama cannot admit that he was wrong, ever.

    That would totally negate everything the left stands for.

    I consider myself a Lieberman Democrat.

    And like many, I’m still waiting.

  3. Leeballz Says:

    Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see. There is no absolute truth.

    I came to the conclusion long ago that there is never one answer to any question. I majored in History in school and minored in Religion, mainly for the stories in both. You learn rather quickly that everyone has their version of the story, and any of them could be true.

    As Buddha claims, change is a constant. However, another constant is the present. We never leave it. We leave the past and head to the future (that is if time is truly linear, which is debatable), but we travel in the “present.” Because of this, you can never really be sure what has occurred in the past and what might occur in the future. You may have witnessed the past, but the memory of humans is notoriously awful. Selective memory anyone? It happens to the best of us. With the future, you can guess what is going to happen, but an educated guess is about as good as you can do. Even if you have set a course in motion for the future, you never know if it will work. So a guess is all you have.

    Long story short; anything is possible, nothing is impossible.

    I guess that is why I was willing to believe that Larry Sinclair could be telling the truth. At the same time I also believe that Obama could be a trustworthy individual and telling the truth. However, as the present moves farther toward the future I have much less confidence that Obama is telling the truth, about anything. This could be a result of my Center-Right political filter (I am a McCain man), but Obama is far too much of a radical for me. Hillary is a lot closer to my political leanings then Obama. Since the beginning of the race I kept saying to myself, “Out of all of them, I at least can stomach Hillary. I hope it’s her versus one of the Republicans, that way if the Republicans loose we at least have someone tolerable in office.”

    Fred Thompson has some of the best one-liners in the business. Here’s a recent quote in a discussion about Obama that made me laugh when I heard it.

    “In the middle of a traffic jam, you don’t hand the keys to a 13 year old.”
    – Fred Thompson

  4. George Says:

    Thanx rosetta the Killing Fields; I remember a guy complianing about it and he was a scocialist I knew. It took all my restraint to deal with him. The domino effect happened in south east asia . Oh No we left people behind to die that fought by our side in South Viet Nam and then we get someone like Hanoi Jane Fonda blaming the killing fields on the USA for being there in the first Place.Forget the fact that the Kymer Rouge were the ones killing people.No it was our fault for being there. Just inbelievable maddness that comes out of some peoples mouths.

  5. Leeballz Says:

    Here is a poem I spontaneously wrote for another blog. It seems to fit in in this post too.

    Don’t just defend yourself
    defend those who can’t defend themselves
    Those who make themselves victims
    are victims by their own design
    When the few try to intimidate and destroy the masses
    the masses must stop the few
    long before the few become the masses

    – Leeballz

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