Essay on Factors Leading to Genocide and Consequences of It

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Factors Leading to Genocide and Consequences of It

The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime headed by Pol Pot, is considered to be one of the worst human tragedies of the 20th century. In comparison with other genocides that have happened in other countries, this one brought together extremist ideology with ethnic hostility and also a terrible indifference for human life. Khmer RougeÂ’s ideology developed into massive murders of civilians and massive repressions and ended up with the massacre of native and foreign population. There are many reasons lead to such terrible events and consequences of them in the history of Cambodia. Such reasons as the rising in
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(http://www.mekong.net/cambodia/banyan_r.htm).

The figure of Sihanouk isn’t very easy as it could be seen from the first sight. “He has had more incarnations than a Hindu god. He has been a playboy prince, a colonial front-man/king, a Japanese puppet, a fighter for independence, a populist prime minister with elitist tastes, a persecutor of Communists, a neutralist with anti-American and pro-Communist leanings, an exile in Peking, a head of state under palace arrests of mass-murdering regime, a deposed head of state once more, a leader of an exiled opposition coalition including the party of the mass murderers who deposed him, and finally a figurehead king.” (Daniels Anthony. In Pol Pot Land. National Review; 9/29/2003, Vol. 55 Issue 18, p.27-8, 1bw)

During next ten years Sihanouk was trying to stay in power: he formed his own political party, which won all the elections. He tried to make alliances in the region, primarily with China, because both those countries tried to play on the policy of neutrality and opposition to the USA. Sihanouk also hoped that China would keep Vietnam and Thailand away from Cambodia, and stop them from acting against

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