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In the tragic recent history of Cambodia a past scarred by a long occupation by Vietnamese forces and by the preceding three year reign of terror by the brutal Khmer Rouge no figure looms larger or ominously than that of Pol Pot As secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea CPK since 1962 and as prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea DK he has been widely blamed for trying to destroy Cambodian society By implementing policies whose effects were genocidal he oversaw the deaths of than one million of his nation’s peopleThe political career of Saloth Sar better known by his nom de gue. AN EERIE ACCURATE PREDICTIONPrince Sihanouk wrote a newspaper article in 1955 on what it would be like if the Communists took over in Cambodia There will be no happiness Everyone will work for the government No one will ride cars or cyclos or wear nice clothes everyone will wear black exactly alike There would be no delicious food to eat If you eat than allowed the government would learn about it from your children in secret and you would be taken out and shot20 years later that s pretty much what happened As David Chandler puts it At the end of 1974 the Central Committee decided what actions the Communists would take following their victory The most important of these was to evacuate Phnom Penh and all other towns driving their populations well over two million people into the countryside The Central Committee also decided to abolish money markets and private property throughout the countryENIGMA WRAPPED IN A MYSTERYWas there ever a stranger dictator than Pol Pot He was from the upper classes in Cambodia born in 1925 His sister was one of the King s concubines He went to private schools then college then wangled a scholarship to study radio electricity in Paris in 1949 He joined the communists in Paris not so unusual After three years the French college threw him out he never ualified for anything Back in Phmon Penh in 1953 at the age of 27 he drifted into political activity eventually becoming a teacher His students all loved him he was a nice guy A novelist Soth Polin reminisced years later I still remember Pol Pot s style of delivery in French gentle and musical He was clearly drawn to French literature in general and poetry in particular Rimbaud Verlaine de VignyWHAT IS A COMMUNIST In the 1950s it seems the term Communist in Cambodia often referred to people who had simple tastes a good education and a hatred for corruption They were the only people who cared about the poor THE OPPOSITE OF STALINWithout any discernable leadership ualities no broadcast speeches no books not that much political experience he gets to be leader of the Cambodian communist party in 1962 How Author David Chandler is not too sure Actually when it comes to Pol Pot himself he s not too sure about much at all For long periods of his life even no especially when he was the dictator of Cambodia Pol Pot was invisible to all but his innermost circle He was the opposite of Stalin It was like who exactly is running this revolution Oh that guy Sorry I thought he was the window cleaner If it s a mystery how he got to be boss of the Cambodian communists it s a bigger mystery why he came up with the most extreme lunatic revolution the world has ever known IN 1973 YOUR US TAX DOLLARS WERE NOT WELL SPENT The bombing campaign in Cambodia began in March 1973 and was halted by the US congress five months later During this time a uarter of a million tons of explosives were dropped on a country that was not at war with the United States and that had no US combat personnel within its borders Target selection and verification were much less precise than in Vietnam Targets were supposedly military complexes and villages where Communist units were thought to be seeking shelter The maps used were outdated The number of casualties has never been assessed Estimates run from thirty thousand to a uarter of a million killedFLASH FORWARDGeneral Tommy Franks speaking at a news conference at Bagram Air Base Afghanistan in March 2002 in reference to Afghan deaths due to the US invasion We don t do body counts 17 APRIL 1975Red Khmer troops all dressed in the famous black pyjamas heavily armed silent many young teenagers as young as 11 or 12 appear on the boulevards of Phnom Penh The crowds on the streets are welcoming but this uickly turns to dismay when the words goes out that everyone everyone even patients in hospitals must leave the city as soon as possible The logic was irrefutable you people in the cities were never part of this revolution You are therefore the enemy From now on you will work for us The irony lost on the 12 year old soldiers was that most of the people at that point crowding Phnom Penh were poverty striken refugees from the countryside Ah well David Chandler says Hundreds of thousands of men women and children were driven onto the roads to travel on foot in the hottest month of the year Thousands died of exhaustion exposure or malnutrition over the next few weeks The very old and the very young were especially vulnerable In the crush and confusion family members were separated from each other sometimes for good Within a week there was nobody left in the capital or in any townsDEATH BY IDIOTSPure racist hatred created the genocides in Nazi Germany and in Rwanda The deaths of probably around 15 million Cambodians at the hands of other Cambodians in the Pol Pot period 1975 78 was it seems mostly caused by idiocy For instance here is David Chandler on the subject of health care in Democratic Kampuchea Of course the country had at that time no Western medicines at all and no manufacturing facilities of its own He says the regime took the idea of barefoot doctors dispensing local remedies from China The results of the poorly conceived medical program were disastrous Survivors memories teem with grisly accounts of arrogant untrained medical practitioners many under 15 years old and of the regime s insistence on prerevolutionary indeed precolonial cures without emphasising hygieneGENEROUS SUPPORT OF POL POT OFFERED BY THE UNITED STATESIt may be thought that the Vietnamese government invaded Cambodia and deposed Pol Pot in January 1979 in order to put an end to one of the worst dictatorships of the 20th century but apparently their reasons were not so simple as that However PP found himself stranded in camps just inside Thailand and perhaps to his surprise discovered that the United States opposed the enforced regime change and considered him to be Cambodia s legitimate ruler So there was an ongoing battle at the United Nations over who would represent Cambodia and the USA was firmly supporting the Pol Pot delegation as did the UK Why Because they were against one country invading another country to replace a government it did not happen to like As far as that goes I uite agree and it is a matter of regret that the US government had apparently abandoned this principle by 2003 AFTER THE SLAUGHTERPol Pot lived a fairly uiet life for another 19 years dying peacefully in Thailand at the age of 73 Was it ever suggested that he stand trial for his crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague like Slobodan Milosevic Nope So he just puttered about married another wife and gave occasional interviews where he was softly sorrowful about the honest mistakes made Said he would do better next time with a shy smile A FINAL COMMENT BY TA MOK AN OLD COMRADEHe was speaking to a reporter from Radio Free Asia Pol Pot has died like a ripe papaya No one killed him no one poisoned him Now he s finished he has no power he is no than cow shit Cow shit is important than him We can use it for fertiliser

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Brother Number One A Political Biography of Pol Pot

Of a Khmer Rouge guerrilla army in exile remaining a power and a threatIn this political biography David P Chandler throws light on the shadowy figure of Pol Pot Basing his study on interviews and on a wide range of sources in English Cambodian and French the author illuminates the ideas and behavior of this enigmatic man and his entourage against the background of post–World War II events providing a key to understanding this horrific pivotal period of Cambodian history In this revised edition Chandler provides new information on the state of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge following the death of Pol Pot in 199. A really interesting explanation of the events that led Pol Pot to all his actions Also a great view on how the world pretend to ignore this for a long time just because Vietnam was the country denouncing the crimes

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Rre Pol Pot forms a critical but largely inaccessible portion of twentieth century Cambodian history What we know about his life is sketchy a comfortable childhood three years of study in France and a short career as a schoolteacher preceded several years spent mostly in hiding as a guerrilla and the commander of the victorious army in Cambodia’s civil war His career reached a climax when he and his associates coming to power attempted to transform their country along lines radical than any attempted by a modern regime Driven into hiding in 1979 by invading Vietnamese forces Pol Pot maintained his leadership. Pol Pot was born in 1925 at Kompongthom province He moved to live in Bothum pagoda in Phnom Penh with help from his sister who is a dancer at royal palace He got scholarship to France There he influenced by communist group where in France they could create kind political group just as Deng Xoiaping did to for China He even was a volunteer to help communist movement Yugoslavi But when Prince Sihaknu knew that they ordered those who joined communist in France to come back to Cambodia When Salot Sar returned to Cambodia in 1950s he found a job as a teacher Again he joined politic party that influenced by communist In two time elections their party leaders wer accused on some cases Some were arrested and executed some need to exile from the country Pol Pot run away too by hide his identity When Lon Nol did military cope in 1970 Prince Sihaknu called to people to join Pol Pot to defeat Lon Nol It s the time Salot Sar gained power and won in 197514000 people were brought to S21 prison to torture and most of them cruelly killed He was less trust people almost everybody related to previous have to be eliminated Even people were closed to him such as Sao Phim Chim Samout Son Sen were killed Khieu Samphorn also arrested He was house arrested by his comrade in 1997 untill his death 10 months later He remarried in 1985 and has a daughter In all interviewhe always declined of accused responsible for killing 18 millions people But he had one regret which was abolishing money


10 thoughts on “Brother Number One A Political Biography of Pol Pot

  1. says:

    AN EERIE ACCURATE PREDICTIONPrince Sihanouk wrote a newspaper article in 1955 on what it would be like if the Communists took over in Cambodia There will be no happiness Everyone will work for the government No one will ride cars or cyclos or wear nice clothes; everyone will wear black exactly alike There would be no delicious food to eat If you eat than allowed the government would learn about it from your children in s

  2. says:

    Having been to Cambodia and witnessing the killing fields and S 21 many years after the genocide I wanted to understand who could have led a revolution that would bring such unspeakable horrors to a country they supposedly loved The author does as best a job as possible given the secrecy Saloth Sar lived I was impressed with the amount of re

  3. says:

    The first “review” I read when I came across reviews for Brother Number One was one by “Annie” which stated “More objective non sensational and honest than than ‘Pol Pot Anatomy of a Nightmare’” Funny having finished both books now I couldn’t agree with that statement less I’ll get to the Nightmare book in another review I think it’s an excellent book but Brother Number One is for this one It’s an interest

  4. says:

    Saloth Sar or famously known by his revolutionary name Pol Pot serves as an example of what happened if you were too busy with extracurricular activity instead of studying at college Being a college dropout Pol Pot managed to preside over one of the most murderous regimes in the world which at conservative estimation slaughtered than one million cambodians However despite the bloody records the author managed to move bey

  5. says:

    Pol Pot was born in 1925 at Kompongthom province He moved to live in Bothum pagoda in Phnom Penh with help from his sister who is a dancer at royal palace He got scholarship to France There he influenced by communist group where in France they could create kind political group just as Deng Xoiaping did to for China He even was a v

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    Saloth Sar was perhaps one of the most unremarkable dictators in terms of background Coming from a background of minor privilege he used his calm demeanor ability to connect with people and travel experiences to rise to a position of power Given how Sar's movement once numbered around 20 people in the jungle it's amazing

  7. says:

    A thoroughly absorbing and extremely well researched and written book I thought in the end I was able to finally comprehend how all this happened and what Pol Pot was trying to achieve Anybody who has visited Cambodia and has been to Phnom Penh will enjoy this outstanding biography The book takes some concentration to comprehend at times so make sure when you read it you can give it your undivided attention as it certainly is not a light

  8. says:

    A really interesting explanation of the events that led Pol Pot to all his actions Also a great view on how the world pret

  9. says:

    Could be the best book written about Red Khmers' historytragedy I read it during my visit in Cambodia so it stroke me even further

  10. says:

    One of the books that describes the history of Cambodia since the 20th century till the detail of pol pot's life and activityRecommended especially Cambodian people