The following is from Sydney Schanberg's column in NEW YORK NEWSDAY, March 1: Now that the
The following is from Sydney Schanberg's column in NEW YORK NEWSDAY,
Now that the war with former friend Iraq is over, I got to
wondering whether President George Bush would ride the
momentum and take our troops directly to Cambodia to wipe
out yet another embarrassment. I speak of the Khmer Rouge,
like Iraq a foul regime to which Washington has given aid
and comfort. And think of the certain moral high ground to
be gained, for Pol Pot's genocidal atrocities make Saddam
Hussein look like, well, a wimp.
It was only a thought. I know George Bush isn't
going after the Khmer Rouge. That's because they're the
creatures of our good friends, the dictators of China -
and George wants to keep the dictators of China happy, no
matter how many students they slaughter.
To get back to the Khmer Rouge, who saw to the
deaths of perhaps 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and
1979, George says he doesn't like them, but the trouble is,
he likes the Vietnamese less. The Vietnamese are the ones
who drove the Khmer Rough out of power in Cambodia in 1979
and installed a friendly government in Phnom Penh.
The Khmer Rough now operate as a guerrilla army in
the remote areas and jungles of Cambodia, attacking
government troops and sowing thousands of land mines that
blow up Cambodian civilians on a daily basis.
For many more examples of U.S. support for assorted bad guys around
the world, read Noam Chomsky's books.
Our government will nonetheless use humanitarian rhetoric to justify
what is, in fact, nothing more than our government's own economic and
geopolitical self-interest. Take it with a grain of salt. If you
want to oppose atrocities by ALL countries, join Amnesty International.
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