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Mark Safranski has challenged Orrin Schwab's suggestion that the Khmer Rouge genocide ought to be considered a result of the Vietnam war. Obviously the Vietnam war did not directly cause Pol Pot's genocide--other factors were also necessary--but the conflict clearly created conditions that made it possible. Without the Vietnam war and the invasion of Cambodia, it is likely that the genocide would not have occurred. William Shawcross and others have argued that the ranks of the Khmer Rouge swelled primarily as a result of the U.S. intervention in Cambodia from 1969 to 1973. Thus, the American intervention indirectly helped give rise to a genocidal regime. Samantha Power, in her study of American responses (or lack thereof) to genocide, notes that war and genocide are almost always connected. -- Barbara Keys, Ph.D. Assistant Professor History Department California State University 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6059 916-278-4163 916-278-7476 FAX firstname.lastname@example.org