Pol Pot Killed 25 % Of Cambodia

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Pol Pot killed 25% of Cambodia, equivalent to the entire city of Philadelphia. In a four year period, over 1.7 million Cambodians died of overwork, starvation, torture and execution. Pol Pot’s Communist ideals, extremely similar to the Stalinist USSR, called for a total collectivization of agriculture and for a complete nationalization of all sectors of the economy. Pol Pot’s ideology, Socialist Agrarianism, valued farmers, and wanted to rid the country of all other professions. Pol Pot was "creating a complete Communist society without wasting time on the intermediate steps," as the Khmer Rouge said to China in 1975 (Kiernan, Ben). Believing the city people to be contaminated by their past lives, Pol Pot would re-write their histories.…show more content…
While there were many benefits of French control, the negatives made a lasting effect. Without the intervention of the French, Cambodia could have become integrated into another South Asian country, and disappear as a sovereign nation. (Cambodia Tribunal) While the French seem to be a blessing to Cambodia, the few negative effects created the poor, naive Cambodia that Pol Pot came to power in. In the early 20th century, education was severely neglected. Over time, it was slightly increased, but was never up to par. According to Cambodia, a Country Study, there was only one “institution of higher learning” in Cambodia in 1950. The country was not educated. The Khmer Rouge/Democratic Party of Campuchea’s Socio-Communist ideas took advantage of the unknowledgeable Cambodians, and ended up herding them like sheep, eventually leading them to their death. French colonists did not allow Cambodians to participate in the government, so they did not know what to do when independence finally arrived at their front door in 1945. Under the rule of Prince Sihanouk, the government that had declared independance from France, Cambodia had remained neutral during the Vietnam War. They allowed the Viet Cong to use a Cambodian port to ship munitions, and the U.S. was allowed to bomb suspected Communist holdouts in Cambodia, but there was little conflict in Cambodia. America aided Lon Nol to
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