The KhmerRouge, no question.
Spiritual hostility has sad traditions in the Far East,[1but nothing in the entire history of the world is a comparison to the Khmer Rouge[2and their biting hatred of any intellectual achievement that these vicious, tailless monkeys, which we call Homo sapiens.
The Khmer Rouge was a communist movement led by Saloth Sar (Pol Pot) and Khieu Samphan, which supported Khmer peasants.Their intention was to create a whole new person, to destroy all cities, to shift the population to the country and to start world history as “year zero” anew.
The regime murdered hundreds of thousands of its perceived political opponents.In the end, the Cambodian genocide resulted in the deaths of 1.5 to 3 million people, about 25% of Cambodia’s population. It is safe to say that the Khmer Rouge have united all of the worst qualities of Nazis and Stalinists.
The rise of the Khmer Rouge was a sum of unfortunate events.The Khmer Rouge army was slowly established in the jungles of eastern Cambodia in the late 1960s, supported by the North Vietnamese army, the Vietcong and the Laotian communist movement Pathet Lao. Despite a massive American bombing campaign against them – which only managed to ruin the country – the Khmer Rouge won the Cambodian civil war when they captured the Cambodian capital in 1975 and overthrew the Khmer Republic government.
The Khmer Rouge regime was very autocratic, xenophobic, paranoid and repressive.The genocide was partly the result of the regime’s social policy. Their attempts at agricultural reform through collectivization led to a widespread famine, while their insistence on absolute self-sufficiency, including in the supply of medicines, led to the deaths of many thousands of people from treatable diseases such as malaria. Led. The Racist emphasis on national purity by the Khmer Rouge included several genocides against Cambodian minorities. Arbitrary executions and tortures were carried out by the cadres against supposedly subversive elements or during the murderous purges of their own ranks between 1975 and 1978.
The Khmer Rouge basically wanted to remove all traces of any culture that existed before their rise to power, and to build a new culture from the ground up.To do so, all the intellectuals who existed before their regime simply had to die.
Communism in its purest form – all are finally dead.
It is often concluded that the Khmer Rouge regime has encouraged illiteracy.
This statement is not completely false, but rather inaccurate. The Khmer Rouge wanted to “remove all traces of Cambodia’s imperialist past,” and the former culture was one of them. The Khmer Rouge did not want their people to be completely ignorant, and primary education was offered. Nevertheless, their policies dramatically reduced the influx of culture, cambodian knowledge and creativity. Their goal was to gain full control over all the information that people received and to spread the revolutionary culture among the masses.
What was an intellectual – and thus an enemy of the people?Anyone who spoke a foreign language, anyone who had a higher education than the comprehensive school, anyone who worked in a creative profession (e.g. actors, filmmakers, writers, journalists), all teachers, doctors, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, etc. – just anyone who was not a proletarian. Sometimes only signs of the intellectual, such as wearing glasses, were seen as a reasonable reason for summary execution.
The worst thing was that Cambodia was a deeply feudalized country, and there was a deep divide between Cambodian son and have-nots.In between, there was an intermediate minority of Chinese and Vietnamese – foreign nationals. In doing so, the Chinese and Vietnamese filled the same ecological niche as the Jews in Germany and the Armenians in Turkey.
The hatred of the Khmer Rouge was projected onto this intermediate minority, which constituted the vast majority of Cambodian intellectuals, merchants, businessmen, and scholars.Not only was this minority hated, but also the actions of the Khmer Rouge on the Chinese and Vietnamese were completely analogous to those of Adolf Hitler on Jews.
The story told to the rural poor was this: all their problems and sufferings were due to elite intellectuals in the big cities.That immigrants – in this case Vietnamese and Chinese – stole the wealth they owned. That people of different skin color – in this case the light-skinned – were outsiders and had no place in Cambodia.
The anti-spirited, xenophobic intoxication that Pol Pot provoked among his followers was so powerful that, until the Khmer Rouge conquered Phnom Penh, everyone who was considered an intellectual was immediately killed.If you were light-skinned, it meant you were a foreigner. All who matched the description were executed.
It’s hard to fathom that such a dazzling hatred of people was only triggered by stories.For most rural Cambodians had never met or interacted with a Vietnamese or a city dweller. So strong is the power of the story they were told that it could make them hate what they had never experienced directly. And when the wave broke in Phnom Penh, the year zero was declared, and Cambodia would never be the same again.
Just look at the Killing Fields.
It is estimated that the Cambodian genocide has reduced the Average Cambodian IQ by a standard deviation – permanently.The effect was so profound and devastating.
Eventually, the Khmer Rouge chewed too much to digest.They declared war on Vietnam – which had just entered the asses of the Us and China and was now doing so with the Khmer Rouge. A military operation became a humanitarian operation almost overnight, when the Vietnamese found Cambodia as a complete disaster area.
Cambodia is gradually recovering from the horrors of the past 40 years.But the Khmer Rouge was the most horrible anti-spiritual community of all time.