Anton Goryunov writes from Phnom Penh: How come hacks who so often cover irrelevant things are showing no interest in the trial of the top three Khmer Rouge leaders, who are accused of genocide and crimes against humanity in Cambodia during their reign from 1975 to 1979 that cost the lives of more than 2 million people? The trial started last December and for some unknown reason has been neglected by the world’s media. Could it have anything to do with the fact that the Khmer Rouge were actually communists, whacking their enemies left right and centre, for the sake of building a brighter future for the few who remained alive. (That is what communism is all about, by the way. Building a bright tomorrow at the expense of millions.)
In case you are in the dark about the tribunal that is backed by the United Nations, among the defendants is Noun Chea, ‘Brother Number Two’, as he was known in the days when ‘Brother Number One’ title belonged to Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge. 85-year-old Mr Nuon has denied any knowledge of atrocities, blaming hearsay and rumours that were spread by the enemies of Cambodia. He pointed out that most people, who died during the ‘enlightenment years’, either committed suicide because they didn’t feel strong enough to contribute to the common effort to turn the country into a paradise or were killed by chemicals that were cunningly put in the water system by ‘enemies of progress’. Although old and frail, Mr Nuon still believes that Cambodia would have benefited had the Khmer Rouge stayed on.
The two other defendants, Cambodia’s former president, Khieu Samphan, and former foreign minister, Ieng Sary, have also denied all charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, pointing out, quite cunningly, that if any people died it was as a result of ‘honest mistakes’ committed by people, who were dedicated to their cause, which was a good cause.
UN officials present at the trial have accepted the point that the Khmer Rouge actually wished their country well and couldn’t be held solely responsible for the deaths of all the two million people. ‘It wasn’t as if they were introducing some loony right-wing reforms or something’, one UN official was overheard saying. ‘These were honest people with good ideas that got a bit out of hand.’
One of the Cambodian prosecutors made a huge error by pointing out at one of the hearings that the communist party turned Cambodia into a massive slave camp, reducing an entire nation to the role of prisoners living under a system of brutality that defies belief. He was immediately reprimanded and asked to leave the room and think very hard about what he said. Later he avoided mentioning the term ‘communism’ and ‘left-wing’ at all.
Some representatives of the free and impartial media, who are covering the trial here, are struggling as they find it very tough to actually mention that a left-wing regime was responsible for the murder of two million people in the space of only four years for solely ideological reasons. That is why it has been decided by most freedom loving media outlets to stick to very limited reporting about the trial, concentrating on statements that don’t contain any mention of the Khmer Rouge being left-wing.
No mention would also be made of the fact that Pol Pot and his brothers banned religion, introduced political correctness and promiscuity and denied that marriage and family life were essential, while killing a quarter of the population in the process. It is feared that some people might notice certain similarities with some of the left-wing regimes that are currently in government in civilised nations.