To that end, Pol Pot
immediately murdered the educated and people who wore glasses or had a high forehead (signs of intellect).
Inspired by Chinese communism and schooled in leftist politics in France, Pol Pot
, whose birth name was Saloth Sar, orchestrated one of the most violent revolutions of the 20th Century.
The Cambodian government has been working together with the United Nations to try the ex-Khmer Rouge, many of which surrendered in what was a final blow to the Pol Pot
regime and given royal amnesty.
Under 'Brother Number One' one of history's most vicious tyrants, the plump, charming, ever-beaming Pol Pot
as he called himself in four years they killed anything up to two million Cambodians or perhaps one in four of the population, who were executed or starved or worked to death to create a new 'nation of workers and peasants', closed off against the outside world.
What's stopping the likes of Pol Pot
phoning up the Premier League andwanting to buy a club?
His wife, Ieng Thirith, 76, who served as social affairs minister of the Khmer government led by Pol Pot
during the 1970s, is also facing similar charges.
PHNOM PENH: Car collectors with macabre tastes and at least $71,800 to spare now have a chance to own a limousine reportedly used by Pol Pot
, the late chief of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge.
In 1998, the world was free of a dictator when Pol Pot
, whose regime had led to the death of millions of his people, died.
Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit will compare new leader David Cameron to communist tyrant Pol Pot
in a speech this week, it was reported yesterday.
There, with the legacy of the Pol Pot
regime, I found myself asking, 'If my legs were blown off by a landmine, would life still be a gift?
In Pol Pot
: Anatomy of a Nightmare, he has drawn on hundreds of hours of interviews with former Khmer Rouge leaders, as well as documents in Khmer, Chinese, Russian, French, and Vietnamese, to produce what is certainly one of the most important--and thoroughly readable--works on Pol Pot
and modern Cambodian history.
The only way to make any sense of what happened is to follow individual lives, especially that of Pol Pot
, and to set them against the frustrations of many in the country's Francophone intelligentsia and against Cambodia's own history with its disregard for the value of human life.