Top ex-Khmer Rouge leaders face trial in Phnom Penh – CAMBODIA – FRANCE 24

Top ex-Khmer Rouge leaders face trial in Phnom Penh – CAMBODIA – FRANCE 24.

Four leaders of Khmer Rouge, the Cambodia communists, are on trial in Phnom Penh,

The four defendants include Nuon Chea, 84, the group’s chief ideologue once known as “Brother No. 2″, who was second only to the regime’s leader, Pol Pot. The other three accused are Khieu Samphan, the 79-year-old former head of state; former foreign minister Ieng Sary, 85; and his 79-year-old wife, Ieng Thirith, Pol Pot’s sister-in-law, who served as minister for social affairs.

From Bondage to the Desert – Introduction – 1

Argument for the Present Study

The destructive nature of communism is today a proven fact of history. The Black Book of Communism records over 100 million victims of Marxism as a state ideology since 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution, from the millions killed by Stalin, through the numerous victims of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, to the over two million Cambodians killed by the Khmer Rouge. Yet unequivocal statements about the evil nature of communism are rare in political and academic circles today. Former communist countries have never gone through a process of de-communisation comparable to the denazification programme carried out in Germany.

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