Pol Pot Power

As Cambodians try to vote freely for the first time in three decades, the Khmer Rouge are again the country's gravest peril

How can a country that lost more than 1 million citizens to execution, starvation and disease caused by the cruel depredations of an outlaw regime possibly welcome back the architects of such madness? It is one of the saddest ironies in Cambodia today that the Khmer Rouge, whose reign of terror lasted from 1975 to 1979, have clawed their way back to a modicum of power. As the country's first democratic balloting in three decades begins this week, the party threatening to wreck the election is none other than the Khmer Rouge. Hope that the vote might usher in peace, along...

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