After too many years, an international tribunal has declared the Khmer Rouge attrocities a genocide. The communist revolutionaries sought to eradicate all western, capitalist, and religious influences. To do this, they killed educators, the educated, anyone who showed appreciation for western culture, anyone who resisted or criticized their regime. At least 1.7 million people were killed, many more tortured. Like so many revolutions, their political theories were used to conceal a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing. Khmer Rouge’s Slaughter in Cambodia Is Ruled a Genocide
Four decades after the Communist movement’s reign of terror, two surviving senior leaders are held accountable in a genocide verdict that opens the door for other rulings.