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July 20, 2008



I assume this will be deleted, but your paragraph "They refer pointedly to "alleged Khmer Rouge atrocities" (emphasis added), and take issue with a comparison of Pol Pot's rule to Nazi Germany. They suggest that it is "more nearly correct" to compare Cambodia to "France after liberation, where many thousands of people were massacred within a few months under far less rigorous conditions than those left by the American war [in Indochina]"." is pure nonsense, as anyone who reads the actual article linked to will be able to see. I would expand, I'm assuming you'll delete this post, so I'll not waste my time.

Oliver Kamm

TheIrie, you are absolutely right: your comment is a waste of time.

Jeremy Stein

Oliver, I make no claims of expertise in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, but I am familiar with the standard works of scholarship on the Cambodian genocide, most notably the research of Ben Kiernan, Chanthuo Boua, David P. Chandler and Michael Vickery.
To the best of my knowledge, no reputable scholar has claimed that the nature of the Khmer regime was such that "Cambodia under Pol Pot was in fact worse than Nazi Germany". (My emphasis) I would be interested to know the names of the sources you consider to be authoritative and, indeed, the basis of their findings.

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