Pol Pot's Legacy

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INTRODUCTION In the years of 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot became the head of the most murderous revolution of our time. His communist regime with the Khmer Rouge created one of the largest, yet greatly under-looked atrocities of the time. The genocide in his Democratic Kampuchea has created a death toll that could be as high as 3,000,000 people, or 25% of the country's population. (Chandler, 1999; Cambodia Genocide) In an attempt to refashion his country, "people were simply sacrificed to our struggle, not killed," as Pol Pot himself stated. (Pol Pot: Life of a Tyrant, 2000) As a child he hadn't a difficult life, but what he studied changed him. He saw need for political reform. Among his colleagues he was seen as a political genius, but as the…show more content…
(Cambodia Genocide) In 1965, Pol Pot was summoned to North Vietnam by their government. For two months, he walked until he arrived at Hanoi. Le Duan, the leader of the Vietnamese Communist Party, informed it would be better for Cambodia to ignore its own interests and help Vietnam destroy the invading Americans. He wanted an armed struggle against the leader of Cambodia, Sihanouk, to be held off until the "time was ripe," or until Vietnam had its victory against the United States. (Chandler, 1999) In 1966, Pol Pot took his first trip to China. Here, where the continuous Cultural Revolution was taken place, is where he was truly accepted by the extremist political figures. Pol Pot was said to have been thoroughly impressed and influenced by Mao Tse-Tung's ideologies of his revolution, and the ideologies of other political radicals of China. It, in turn, helped transfer his loyalties and develop a new model for his revolution. With this new influence, Pol Pot would attempt to join forces and receive aid in fighting from the Vietnamese. The Workers' Party of Kampuchea was now known as the Kampuchean Communist Party, but more commonly now known as the Khmer Rouge. (Templer, 1998) During the year 1967, Pol Pot was hidden in a small village tribe in the northeast of Cambodia. Here, more influence was taken from the simple life that its villagers lived. He took it as

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