An Attempt Of Restarting A Country Essay

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An Attempt of Restarting a Country to “Year Zero” Today, Cambodia ranks number 43 of the poorest countries in the world (Pasquali). Cambodia is a country in South East Asia and is less than half the size of California. Missing a bridge sentence to connect to theses statement. During the Cambodian Genocide, a group of Communist guerillas took over leaving the people of the country in devastation, with thousands of brutal interrogation centers, until one country saves them.
The Rise of the Khmer Rouge In 1963, the prince of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, cut off economic and military support from the United States and a year later ended diplomatic relations with the U.S. in order to stay out of the Vietnam War that was going on (Krkljes). Cambodia wanted to remain neutral, but Prince Sihanouk secretly believing that North Vietnam would win, he kept a secret alliance with them and let their troops stay in Cambodia’s forests (Krkljes). In 1970, the prince left for vacation during a holiday later to realize he had been thrown out of power by General Lon Nol’s regime, replacing Cambodia with a Republic (Alder). Communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas, led by Pol Pot, forced Gen. Lon Nol out of power leaving Cambodia filled with corruption and military defeat (Chhneg).
“Year Zero” Once leader Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge seized power of the countries capital, Phnom Penh, it was their opportunity to deconstruct Cambodia into a strict agricultural society, formed on the ideals of…

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