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  Pol Pot, Pol Pot Massacre, Pol Pot Genocide, Cambodia Genocide
An attempt by Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot to form a Communist peasant farming society resulted in the deaths of 25 percent of the country's population from starvation, overwork and executions.
Pol Pot was born in 1925 (as Saloth Sar) into a farming family in central Cambodia, which was then part of French Indochina.
By 1962, Pol Pot had become leader of the Cambodian Communist Party and was forced to flee into the jungle to escape the wrath of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia.
www.unitedhumanrights.org /Genocide/pol_pot.htm   (1049 words)

 Pol Pot
Pol Pot grew up in a well off farming family in Kompong Thong province, which was then the heartland of the French protectorate.
Pol Pot was then forced to return to Phnom Penh in 1953, were he worked as a teacher.
Pol Pot and the Khemer Rouge were forced to flee into the jungle.
www.paralumun.com /warpolpot.htm   (664 words)

 Pol Pot's Charisma
My portrayal of Pol Pot as a charismatic leader is not an attempt to diminish the magnitude, the enormity of his crimes, nor is it an attempt to deflect the responsibility for such crimes away from Pol Pot.
Pol Pot's entrance onto Cambodia political landscape was inspired by the desire to bring about such social and political changes to benefit the poor masses.
Pol Pot was a charismatic leader for several reasons consistent with the theoretical explanations mentioned earlier.
www.mekong.net /cambodia/pol_pot1.htm   (3101 words)

 Pol Pot - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although he retired officially in 1985, Pol Pot continued to control his guerrillas, the strongest antigovernment force, in western jungle areas of Cambodia until factional collapse shortly before his death.
Pol Pot may never be tried for `killing fields': U.S., other former backers of Khmer Rouge, not eager to look into past.(World)
Pol Pot, brutal leader responsible for Cambodia's 'killing fields,' reportedly is sentenced to life in prison.(Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)
www.encyclopedia.com /html/P/PolPot.asp   (363 words)

 Pol Pot killer file
Pol Pot is elected to the number three position on the party's Central Committee, allowing him to build a strong faction.
Pol Pot is made prime minister, although his identity and the identities of other members of the 'Angkar' group are kept secret from non-members.
Pol Pot remains as leader of the KCP and the Khmer Rouge armed forces.
www.moreorless.au.com /killers/pot.html   (4801 words)

 Pol Pot, Killing Fields, the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia
Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, a revolutionary group that considered itself communist.
Hence, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge seized power from Lon Nol in 1975 in the worst possible situation: The people were starving; Kampuchea was the poorest country in the world and one-third were refugees.
Pol Pot executed between 75,000 and 150,000 people, who were disproportionately urban dwellers, upper class or intellectual, between 1975 and 1979.
www.etext.org /Politics/MIM/faq/polpot2.html   (1508 words)

 Untitled Document
Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge throughout the communist regime for nearly three decades.
Pol Pot stated in an interview that he was not sorry for the genocidal regime.
Pol Pots crimes were read a loud and they were as follows: 1) The murder of Son Sen; 2) the attempted murder and "detention" of Ta Mok and Nuon Chea; 3) "destroying the policy of national reconciliation".
www.mtholyoke.edu /~amballar/page6.html   (540 words)

 Biography of Pol Pot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pol Pot was born into a prosperous peasant family that enjoyed the patronage of the Cambodian court.
Pol Pot was educated in Phnom Penh and Kompong Cham.
Pol Pot revealed that he was prime minister of the regime in 1976.
www.asiasource.org /news/special_reports/polpot.cfm   (379 words)

 Killing Field
As Pol Pot's body lies bloating 100 metres away in a spartan shack, exhausted Khmer Rouge leaders gather in a jungle-shrouded ammunition depot filled with home-made mines and crude communications equipment.
Pol Pot married her after his first wife went insane in the 1980s as the Khmer Rouge tried to survive in the jungle after their reign of terror was ended by invading Vietnamese troops.
Pol Pot's last days were spent in flight and fear of capture--a humiliating end for the man who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
www.cybercambodia.com /dachs/killing/polpot.html   (2831 words)

 Pol Pot and the Marxist Ideal
As the head of the radical Maoist Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot was the architect of the "killing fields," a seemingly incomprehensible genocide where Cambodian cities were systematically depopulated and the entire Cambodian population enslaved on collective farms with a draconian equality imposed on all.
Most Marxists would recoil at the suggestion that Pol Pot is the logical conclusion of their social philosophy, yet any honest assessment of Marx's theory cannot conceal the fact that the radical egalitarianism of the Khmer Rouge is precisely what Marx predicted would be the ultimate culmination of all human history.
The worst that can be said of Pol Pot was that he was sincere; the Cambodian people were in fact freed of the "alienation" of a division of labor and individual personality, and were reduced to a perfectly uniform egalitarian existence on the collective farms.
www.gmu.edu /departments/economics/bcaplan/museum/cook.htm   (898 words)

 CNN - Cambodia's Pol Pot confirmed dead - April 16, 1998
BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Pol Pot, ousted leader of the Khmer Rouge and the architect of Cambodia's "killing fields" regime, has died, evading prosecution for the deaths of as many as 2 million of his countrymen.
There have been a number of reports in recent years of the death of the ailing Pol Pot, who is held responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million Cambodians through mass execution, disease and starvation during the mid-1970s.
But Pol Pot's rule turned Cambodia into a killing field as the cities were emptied and about a quarter of the country's 8 million people were slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/asiapcf/9804/16/pol.pot.on.update   (930 words)

 Pol Pot - Philip Short
Pol Pot's role, especially as leader of the Khmer Rouge, is a useful focal point, but Short is not fixated obsessively on him, and, when necessary (which is much of the time), leaves him behind and goes where the action is.
Pol Pot got a scholarship to Paris -- though the best he could manage was to study radio-technology (and while such technical education might have been useful in Cambodia, he does not appear to have taken his studies very seriously).
Pol Pot is a very good general history of Cambodia during Pol Pot's lifetime, and especially as a chronicle of the rise and crimes of the Khmer Rouge.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/cambodia/polpot.htm   (1942 words)

 CNN - Cambodia's Pol Pot reported dead - April 15, 1998
Pol Pot's name came to symbolize the deaths of 2 million people under his rule in Cambodia for four horrific years: 1975 to 1979.
Pol Pot was so closely associated with the genocide of his own people that in the final days of his life, even his old Chinese and Thai friends -- who supported the Khmer Rouge during the 1980s -- refused to provide shelter to him.
Pol Pot at one time was backed by both China and the United States with military assistance because the Khmer Rouge was seen as the only choice against the invading Vietnamese in the late 1970s.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/asiapcf/9804/15/pol.pot.915pm   (647 words)

 Left-Wing Monster: Pol Pot
Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist Party that ruled Cambodia from 1976-1979.
Pol Pot returned to Cambodia in 1953 after his scholarship was revoked (due to his poor academic performance) and joined Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh, the antecedent of the Viet Cong.
Pol Pot was prepared to pay any price to realize his goal; his currency of choice would prove to be the rivers of tears and torrents of blood flowing from the broken spirits and bodies of his own people.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/Printable.asp?ID=19042   (7707 words)

 RFA: Pol Pot’s Broken Heart Influenced His Actions, Biographer Says
PHNOM PENH—Late Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, whose regime presided over an estimated 1.7 million deaths in Cambodia, was significantly influenced in his actions by an unhappy love affair, his biographer says.
The reason I have brought in the love story in Pol Pot’s life is because it is a factor in the politics of the then Democratic Kampuchea becoming violent with lots of killing and bloodshed and it was also hard to understand the source of this violence.
Balancing Pol Pot’s personal pain was the deterioration of democratic politics into political violence and bloodshed in the late 1950s, and the culturally powerful metaphor of the prince in the jungle may have crystallized the strategy of the young man, he said.
www.rfa.org /english/news/politics/2006/05/07/cambodia_polpot   (845 words)

 TIMEasia.com | TIME 100: Pol Pot | 8/23/99-8/30/99
Pol Pot refused to accept responsibility for these disasters or to ameliorate rural conditions.
Pol Pot fled by helicopter to Thailand; when the invaders entered Phnom Penh on Jan. 7, the city was deserted.
Pol Pot remarried in the mid-'80s, after his first wife, a highly educated revolutionary he had married in 1956, succumbed to mental illness.
www.time.com /time/asia/asia/magazine/1999/990823/pol_pot1.html   (1911 words)

 Pol Pot And Kissinger
Pol Pot is now isolated and politically expendable, so an obvious choice for villainization.
The Finnish study estimated the total deaths in the Pol Pot years at a million, encompassing both executions and deaths from disease, starvation and overwork.
All deaths in phase two are attributed to Pol Pot and his fanatical beliefs, so that it is reasonable to identify him as the unique villain deserving a war crimes trial.
www.zmag.org /zmag/articles/hermansept97.htm   (1781 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Pol Pot: Life of a tyrant   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pol Pot's death in April 1998 heralded the end of the brutal career of a man responsible for overseeing one of the worst genocides of the 20th century.
Pol Pot and his forces once again fled to the northern jungle as evidence of their atrocities was broadcast around the world.
Pol Pot officially retired as leader of the Khmer Rouge at the end of the 1980s.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/asia-pacific/78988.stm   (739 words)

 Friends of Pol Pot US
For the truth is that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge would be historical nonentities-and a great many people would be alive today- had Washington not helped bring them to power and the governments of the United States, Britain, China and Thailand not supported them, armed them, sustained them and restored them.
The aim was to appease China, the great Soviet foe and Pol Pot's most enduring backer, and to rehabilitate and use the Khmer Rouge to bring pressure on the source of recent U. humiliation in the region: the Vietnamese.
Khieu Samphan, Pol Pot's henchman who once said that the only mistake the Khmer Rouge had made was not killing enough people, took the salute of U.S. and other U.N. troops as a guest of honor on United Nations Day in Phnom Penh.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Global_Secrets_Lies/Friends_PolPot.html   (1445 words)

 Pol Pot
Pol Pot (1925-98) was born Saloth Sar in circumstances of comparative obscurity in provincial Cambodia.
At the age of nine, Pol Pot was sent to the capital Phnom Penh ro receive education at a Buddhist temple (wat).
Pol Pot’s personal history seems to have followed that of a number of other important twentieth century East Asian leaders.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/east_asian_history/118655   (449 words)

 Online NewsHour: Pol Pot's Legacy-- June 18, 1997
Fugitive leader Pol Pot's surrender to Khmer Rouge rebels was announced yesterday.
Either way, Pol Pot, blamed for the slaughter of 2 million Cambodians, has left an devastating mark on Cambodia, a country which remains in a state of political unrest.
Pol Pot rarely appeared publicly, but it is widely believed that he gave the orders for the killings.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/asia/june97/cambodia_6-18a.html   (730 words)

 Amazon.com: Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare (John MacRae Books): Books: Philip Short   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Short writes that Pol Pot's brutality was purely Cambodian (which should be annoying to all armchair Buddhists in the US and Europe) and that his actions were not caused in any meaningful way by the American intervention.
Pol Pot was the ruler of the Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 to 1979.
It is is shocking that Pol Pot eliminated a larger proportion of the population as known beasts as Stalin, Hitler, or Mao.
www.amazon.com /Pol-Pot-Anatomy-Nightmare-MacRae/dp/0805066624   (2991 words)

 Amazon.ca: Pol Pot: Books: Philip Short   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Pol Pot headed one of the most enigmatic and terrifying regimes of modern times.
A supposedly gentle, carefree land of slumbering temples and smiling peasants became a concentration camp of the mind, a slave state in which absolute obedience was enforced on the 'killing fields'.
Here, the former Khmer Rouge Head of State, Pol’s brother-in-law and scores of lesser figures speak for the first time at length about their beliefs and motives, as Philip Short traces Pol Pot’s life from altruistic youth to become one of the twentieth century’s most egregious political monsters.
www.amazon.ca /Pol-Pot-Philip-Short/dp/0719565693   (283 words)

 The death of Pol Pot
The death of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot on April 15 in the Thai-Cambodian border area brings to an end one of the most chilling and bloody chapters of the twentieth century.
During Pol Pot's three and a half years of rule over Cambodia, from 1975 to 1978, the Khmer Rouge killed as many as two million people through mass executions, starvation and slave labor.
It was here that Pol Pot, heavily influenced by the Chinese Stalinists, devised the political perspective of what was to become the Khmer Rouge--an extreme form of Mao Zedong's eclectic mixture of Stalinism, nationalism and peasant radicalism.
www.wsws.org /news/1998/apr1998/plpt-a18.shtml   (1858 words)

 Pol Pot: U.S. Ally (August 5, 1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
According to conventional reports from the Associated Press and The New York Times, Pol Pot was responsible for the death of "up to a million" or "as many as two million" Cambodians during his four year reign from 1975 to 1979.
Most of the political killings were the result of fighting between factions of the Cambodian Communist party, one side loyal to Pol Pot and traditionally based in the Northwestern and Southern provinces of Cambodia, the other aligned closely with Vietnam and based in the Eastern provinces of the country.
The ABC Nightline airing last week of a tape of Pol Pot's trial was a stomach-turning exercise in smugness; no context given, only the trial, a few interviews with Cambodians angry at the legacy of murder, and Ted Koppel's feeble attempts at teleprompted profundity.
eatthestate.org /01-47/PolPotAlly.htm   (757 words)

 Pol Pot's legacy of horror
Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge, was one of the most reviled figures of
Pol Pot fled to Thailand aboard a helicopter on the morning of 7 January
Pol Pot spent his last months under house arrest in a wood and thatch hut.
www.dithpran.org /PolPotegacy.htm   (2524 words)

 Pol Pot, Genocidal Dictator
Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator and leader of the Khmer Rouge, was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million.
Pot died at age 73 on April 15, 1998, after several years of ill health.
The U.S. was planning to arrest Pot and deport him for a war crimes trial.
www.celebritymorgue.com /pol-pot   (79 words)

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