The World That Are Worse Than War

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There aren’t many things in this world that are worse than war. The proliferation of violence and the deliberate destruction of human beings in the twentieth century were all made possible by various groups and individuals. Conformity, prejudice, and desperation among populations all contribute to violence and mass murder, but often the other side of the coin goes unnoticed. The groups and individuals responsible can of course escalate acts of mass violence, but they also have the power to stop and prevent the crimes against humanity in our history and in our future as well. In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge assimilated into the minds of a people torn apart by war in their region and torn apart internally through civil war. Out of this schism…show more content…
Beginning with the genesis of the Khmer Rouge, it will become clear that Cambodians endured a period of time in which radical events might seem inevitable. The Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), known also as the Khmer Rouge, emerged from Cambodia 's difficulties living as a French colony. Throughout the 1940 's, the Cambodian communist movement was influenced by radical Vietnamese across the border. In the 1950 's, the Indochina War set the stage for CPK to grow stronger over the next two decades. What began as an outlying movement toward Communism, slowly formed into the radicalized force that later controlled a nation of people. The CPK took control of Cambodia on April 17, 1975 and created the Democratic Kampuchea in 1976. The CPK was kept a secret until 1977, and there was no way for anyone outside of the CPK to know who the party leaders were. Cambodia under the power of the Khmer Rouge suffered immensely. Policies enforced massacres, torture, and repression. Cambodia was turned into a massive detention center as well as a graveyard for almost two million people. In March 1970, Marshal Lon Nol, a Cambodian who had formerly served as prime minister, successfully executed a coup that took Prince Sihanouk out of power. Nol was aided by pro-American associates. While power in Cambodia was shuffling, the Khmer Rouge had been gaining popularity and members to the point where they were a major player in the
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