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Barbara Keys writes: "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." I think a fair analogy would probably be that Hitler's rise to power would not have occurred without WW I. On the other hand, I doubt that the absence of the U.S. invasion would have lessened the pernicious ideology of the Khmer Rouge. John C. Zimmerman University of Nevada Las Vegas