Their violent tactics to do this included forcing every citizen from their home into labour camps in the countryside. All sources of education, hospitals and factories were closed down and families were separated and children put into separate labour camps. Pol Pot’s harsh terms didn’t stop with the labour camps; people could be executed for talking another language and even for smiling. Pol Pot used mass propaganda to create extreme fear among Cambodian citizens. One of the slogans that illustrates Pol Pot’s ideas of his communist state said “To spare you is no profit, to destroy you is no loss”.
Pol Pot believed that the “old society” should be executed because the group had hate towards them. This included intellectuals, merchants, Buddhist monks, former government officials and former soldiers. They were either starved, overwork or executed. Pol Pot had been influenced and impressed by China’s Cultural Revolution, Mao Tse-tung. He forced people in China to evacuate cities and force people into a rural, farming life.
The Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot were both rejecting any features of the modern world. This makes then so eager to get Cambodia back to "year zero". Pol Pots idea behind year zero was that all the culture and modern traditions within a society should be completely discarded. When Pol Pot took charge in 1975 he wanted his desire for an agrarian society to happen. He single out all intellectuals in society, including: doctors, lawyers, teachers and executed them.
Pol Pot had been assigned prime minister and had brutally abused his authority. Overall an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians were killed. In December 1978, the Vietnamese government sent 60,000 troops to Cambodia. They took over Phnom Penh and finally ended Pol Pot’s four year reign of terror (Pol Pot). Cambodia’s genocide was held in secret.
In 1977, Pol Pot begins a second series of purges to eliminate all communist dissidents and moderates. This time around, the executions were more widespread and affect all of Cambodia’s population not just certain groups. In 1979, North Vietnam takes over Phnom Penh forcing Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge to flee to Thailand and the People’s Republic of Kampuchea is established. Hundreds of thousands educated middle class are tortured and executed in special centers; others were starved or died from disease or exhaustion. Total death over the four years were at least 1.7 million approximately 21% of the
The world witnessed a catastrophic event between 1975 and 1979, which many would call the Cambodian Genocide. During the four years of the genocide, the Khmer Rouge regime will be responsible for an estimated two million deaths. Events such as the Vietnam War and authoritarian rule in Cambodia gave rise to Pol Pot. The main culprit, Pol Pot will be responsible for carrying out the Cambodian Genocide. While conducting the Cambodian Genocide, the Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, violated many human rights in accordance with the International Bill of Human Rights.
The country had been unstable for decades until the entry of the United Nations. In 1991, Cambodia declared the ceasefire under UN supervision. In 1993, a government was formed By Cambodia that was reviewed by UNTAC. Cambodia remained at peace and a new modern society had begun. (BBC, 2017) The country had entered the global market and has relations with other countries.
I think that in order to punish the perpetrator their life must end. The government grants us the right to life, just as they can take away this right if they feel that it is just. I also think that in order for the family of the victim to get full closure, the perpetrator must completely out of their world. I think that it would be hard to explain to the family of the victim that their murdered deserves to live, when their loved one had to tragically die. The Declaration of Independence states “...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This quote explains how if someone infringes on the rights of others, such as the right to life, their right to life should also be taken away.
The Khmer Rouge then began their terrible reign and efforts to reconstruct Cambodia resulting in a mass genocide. The Vietnam War had a lasting negative impact on Cambodia and its people, with the United States lack of involvement in the civil war leading to the rise of the communist group the Khmer Rouge. Between 1965 and 1975 the Vietnam War began to expand into Cambodian territory. In 1965 Cambodia, under Prince Sihanouk, officially cut ties with the United States in effort to remain neutral in
Polonius was spying on a meeting between Hamlet and the Queen to measure Hamlet’s sanity and to see what Hamlet thought of Claudius and Ophelia when Prince Hamlet killed him. Polonius wanted Hamlet to stay away from Ophelia, and he wanted to know if Prince Hamlet was suspicious of Claudius for King Hamlet’s murder. Polonius’s plan was originally