THE SPINE AUGUST 1, 2007
The wheels of justice creak along. In Cambodia they've been creaking along
for three decades. From 1.7 million to arguably many more than 2 million
people were killed in this genocide. Yes, the genocide that Noam Chomsky
denied occurred or that he denied the Khmer Rouge committed. They were
revolutionaries, after all, and pro-Chinese revolutionaries at that
Mydans reports in this morning's Times that the commander of the Khmer
Rouge torture house--along with four others--have been charged by
prosecutors with responsibility for the torture of at least 14,000 men,
women and children and for their ultimate death in the killing
fields. Eaing Guek Eav, otherwise known as Duch, is the first person to be
so charged, although roughly 20% of the Cambodian people were slaughtered.
Duch is now a convert to Christianity, so he has spoken openly about his
role in the genocide.
Does anyone remember that it is the Khmer Rouge that the U.S. was also
fighting in Indo-China?