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Dr. Orrin Schwab wrote: "If we include the victims of the Khymer Rouge genocide, a logical result of Western warfare in Indochina over thirty years, then the "bloodbath" visited on the region might be over five million fatalities." Logically speaking, why we would we include the Khmer Rouge genocide? Did Pol Pot's genocidal dream emanate from thirty years of Western Warfare or from the avante-garde Communist radicalism of Parisian intellectuals he imbibed as a student ? Are we to believe that Pol Pot would have been a conservative royalist folower of Sihanouk but for the Vietnam War ? The North Vietnamese were bloody rulers but even they did not feel the need to celebrate in 1975 by murdering a third to half of their own people. Many nations undergo the test of war without hitting upon autogenocide as a response. Mark Safranski Independent Scholar