The Cambodian Genocide: A Tragedy Hidden from the World Essay
Pol Pot, the leader of the Cambodian Genocide, sought to impose his view of a perfect communist society throughout Cambodia, with everyone completely equal in economic status, class, and job. Pol Pot believed that the only way to create …show more content…
Cambodia had a long history of cruel and corrupt rulers. Before the Khmer Rouge took control over Cambodia, Cambodia had been ruled for many years by King Norodom Sihanouk. During his reign, the Vietnam War was taking place, and King Sihanouk was trying to keep Cambodia neutral. This led to him rejecting U.S. aid, and telling the U.S. they could not use Cambodia as a base for fighting the Vietnam War. He also turned to Communist China and North Vietnam as allies. The Cambodian military disagreed with Sihanouk’s opposition to the U.S., and this led to a military coup, headed by Lon Nol, the Cambodian military chief. Lon Nol turned out to be a corrupt and cruel ruler, who took ruthless actions to achieve his goals. He killed many civilians for having too light of a skin color, which caused much racial tension to flare up. At the same time, Sihanouk, who had fled Cambodia and was in exile in Beijing, began plotting his return to power. To do this, Sihanouk allied with an organization called the Khmer Rouge.
Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, was born as Saloth Sar, in a wealthy farming family that owned much more land than the average family in Cambodia. He grew up and eventually went to a college in Paris, France. Pol Pot spent three years at the