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
But do keep those cards and letters coming, Julio. We love you!
- Dr Craig Etcheson, Manager, Cambodian Genocide Program