Graft, terror, children dragooned into the army, press-gagging,
battlefield atrocity, foot soldier contempt for political and military
The chronicled sludge denigrates more than the string-pulling
CPP; it crunches the intellectuals, journalists and NGOs who from 1979 were
insistent the 'decent, honest, liberal, widely-loved CPP' be
internationally-recognized as Cambodia's government. Your reports cruelly
belittle their hopeless gush and disintegrate their fifteen-year stance that the
CPP is the bulwark against the genocidal hordes. Reality is that the CPP sources
Khmer Rouge regeneration, just as it did all through the 1980s.
Downie, Jennar, Myslwiec, Carpere, Kiernan and hangers-on propped delinquent
politicians and generals, which is exactly what they always sneeringly accused
Tackiness is their only consistency: they backed the Khmer
Rouge all through the 1970s gone; called the Vietnamese invasion a rescue
(becoming Pol Pot's noisiest critics in attempt to smother their tracks); and
from 1979 backed a regime that dripped with blood-soaked Khmer Reds every bit as
guilty of the killing fields as the others.
Khmer never wanted the Rouge
in 1975; the Western Left insisted. Khmer never wanted to be subjugated by
Vietnam; that lasted so long because the Western Left insisted. For years Khmer
have wanted the materially-honest Rouge back in the fold as watchdogs; the
Western Left insist the Rouge be crushed.
- Richard Briggs, Phnom