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Thanks for the comic relief: CGP

Thanks for the comic relief: CGP

The Editor,

Julio Jeldres' latest outburst continues his noble tradition of providing an on-going

source of mirth for those of us engaged in the study of Pol Pot's genocide. Genocide

studies is emotionally taxing, so we need comic relief. Julio serves us well in this.

It's not just the way he mangles historical fact that is so amusing. It is his...well,

flexibility with his own opinion. Readers of the Post will recall past diatribes

from Julio, condemning the Cambodian Genocide Program for interfering in Cambodia's

internal affairs (which we do not do). Now he condemns for us for failing to interfere

in Cambodia's internal affairs (which we will not do). It is dizzyingly delightful,

really. The only consistent theme in Julio's screeds seems to be a deep, personal

animus toward our genocide research, with which he could not possibly be familiar,

since we will not publish our results for some months yet.

Recently, the Cambodian Genocide Program was granted an audience with His Majesty

the King. We listened respectfully to the wisdom of the Sovereign, enjoyed his cool

shade, and deeply appreciated his continuing generous support for our research. We

encourage Julio to continue to amuse us, and we shall continue to be grateful for

His Majesty's blessings. Meanwhile, we will continue our research on Pol Pot's genocide,

and we will publish our results - according to our schedule - when they are

properly prepared.

But do keep those cards and letters coming, Julio. We love you!

Best regards,
- Dr Craig Etcheson, Manager, Cambodian Genocide Program

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