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I like to read, when I have time, things like Counterpunch Magazine, you know, to share the vibe with my comrades. Today I came across this:

The Khmer Rouge experiment lasted only three years, from 1975 to 1978.

Surprisingly, Cambodians have no bad memories of that period. This is quite an amazing discovery for an infrequent visitor.

A much quoted American professor, RJ Rummel, wrote that “out of a 1970 population of probably near 7,100,000 …almost 3,300,000 men, women, and children were murdered …most of these… were murdered by the communist Khmer Rouge”. Every second person was killed, according to his estimate.

However, Cambodia’s population was not halved but more than doubled since 1970, despite alleged multiple genocides. Apparently, the genocidaires were inept, or their achievements have been greatly exaggerated.

The Pol Pot the Cambodians remember was not a tyrant, but a great patriot and nationalist, a lover of native culture and native way of life.

The Cambodians I spoke to pooh-poohed the dreadful stories of Communist Holocaust as a western invention. 

New Cambodia (or Kampuchea, as it was called) under Pol Pot and his comrades was a nightmare for the privileged, for the wealthy and for their retainers; but poor people had enough food and were taught to read and write. As for the mass killings, these are just horror stories, averred my Cambodian interlocutors.  Surely the victorious peasants shot marauders and spies, but many more died of American-planted mines and during the subsequent Vietnamese takeover, they said.

The people now in charge of the US, Europe and Russia want to present every alternative to their rule as inept or bloody or both. They especially hate incorruptible leaders, be it Robespierre or Lenin, Stalin or Mao – and Pol Pot. They prefer leaders keen on graft, and eventually install them. The Americans have an additional good reason: Pol Pot killings serve to hide their own atrocities, the millions of Indochinese they napalmed and strafed.

Introduction of capitalism in Russia killed more people than introduction of socialism, but who knows that?

But let us remember: if socialism failed, so did capitalism. If communism was accompanied by loss of life, so was and is capitalism. But with capitalism, we have no future worth living, while socialism still offers hope to us and our children.

Amen comrade! Have a nice day.

One Response to “Happy Pol Pot Remembrance Day”

  1. Harry says:

    Yeah, capitalism failed, especially in the Great Depression, but now we have wiser central bankers with better models to justify debasement of our currency without having to take the trouble to print the fiat currency.

    Regarding Pol Pot, all the Kims of North Korea, Mao, Che Guevara, Lenin and Stalin, and the other heroes of the left, we, who have not been touched by them can only imagine the evil visited upon their victims, which is far beyond my imagination. Every sorrow, including the death of my twin brother two years ago, cannot compare to the sorrow from the survivors of the acts of these butchers. We can nevertheless extrapolate from our limited experience to theirs, and not just say that they have their values and we have ours, and who are we to judge them?
    This is the relativist moral system of the yuppie, and they and their.children are in charge now, dumbing down whatever confronts their pleasure.

    Saying such things is a guarantee not to get yourself invited to a tony liberal cocktail party, but then we have just so much time given to us in this life, where we can read TUW, or practice pitch shots, or make a milkshake.

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