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by John Barron

Book by John Barron, Anthony Paul
Download Murder of a Gentle Land: The Untold Story of Communist Genocide in Cambodia epub
ISBN: 088349129X
ISBN13: 978-0883491294
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Author: John Barron
Language: English
Publisher: Reader's Digest Press: Distributed by Thom.Crowell; 1st edition (1977)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1848 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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A good read, especially if you have any curiosity about how planned economies work in the real world. The authors include a great many eyewitness accounts of what amounted to genocide of the Cambodian people. You could argue that those interviewed may have had their own agenda or bias. However, there is remarkable consistency in the experiences recounted, regardless of educational background or socioeconomic level. Highly recommended.
Another modern day genocide--another of historys' brutal mass exterminations of millions of innocent people--conducted in full view of a world that chooses to stand by and do nothing.

Having taken place thirty-five years ago, its memory has now, been nearly erased--just like that! And since then there have already been others-- Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan--and there will be more. History has shown it can happen anywhere, at any time, in any country, any society, not least of all here--in the US. People whose minds have been manipulated, turning on each other like crazed,rabid zombies.
In just three short years, the Khmer Rouge were resposible for the extermination of two million people! Two million!
It wasn't just the numbers that made it so horrific--but instead the manner in which these deaths took place and the lives these people were made to endure.

As an American, I bore and extra measure of guilt as it was my governments' misguided and immoral foriegn policy that was most responsible for the Khmer Rouge rise to power. It was my government too that stood by and watched the horror unfold, all the while they were proudly flying the Khmer Rouge flag outside the UN Building in New York City. My only consulation, as an individual, came afterwards, when I got to Laos. I was sitting on the banks of the MaeKong River with a peasant who had lived through the US carpet bombing of his country. He told me that, at the time, his people did not blame the American people, for they still considered them friends. They blamed instead the American government. They understood that governments very often do not follow the dictates of their populace even in a supposed democracy. Simple peasants understood the difference between a government and the people they governed.

It was the American governments' enemy at the time, Vietnam, that finally put an end to the Khmer Rouge nightmare and liberated the surviving Cambodian people and their country from the Khmer Rouge scorge--though it would take years more before they were entirely eradicated.

I was in Cambodia nearly twelve years after liberation and it was still a dead country--its capital, razed to the ground, standing just as it did after its destruction so long ago. I visited Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields and nearly passed out from what I saw--so sick I couldn't eat or sleep for days afterwards.
Since then I have been to Armenia where I visited the memorial to their genocide and to Rwanda, where half the populace of the country were murdered without the use of a single bullet--neighbor against neighbor-- where I walked amongst a traunatized people but a year after their liberation by the Tutsi army.

What makes this book unique, Murder of a Gentle Land, is that it was written while the Khmer Rouge were still in power, while people were still dying by the hundreds of thousands--while the Kmer Rouge flag was still being proudly flown by the Americans in NY City. Though much of the language is cloaked in Cold War Doublespeak and peasants are referred to as Communists rather than what they really were--simple farmers, with no interest in politics, trying to eke out a living for themselves and their families. Nevertheless, this book gives a good account of the horrors perpetrated on the people of this 'gentle' land--"gentle" because of it's Buddhist populace and their humble nature.

This book gives a good account of a tragic historic event-- one that should be required reading in our public schools. Its sad that few people will read it and even fewer will remember its lessons.

DH Koester--"And There I Was" And There I was Volume II: A Backpacking Adventure in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, India
Written while the Khmer Rouge was still in power in Cambodia, this is a powerful look at a nation gone mad, a society being forcibly remade at every level by ideological zealots. Unfortunately, the writers don't deal much with US policies in Indochina between 1955 and 1973, and how these policies inadvertently brought such a murderous band of thugs to power. The authors also could not have known that US policy makers would still be covertly siding with the Khmer Rouge because of their hostility to the new communist regime next door in Vietnam.
The sufferings of the human race often occur because the masses have no understanding. This book will help.