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From: Mac McIntosh <email@example.com> Subject: : REPLY: Khmer Genocide (was Re: WWII and the Holocaust Teaching in Middle School (2) Date: March 5, 2010 3:10:31 PM EST To: firstname.lastname@example.org, H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> In the prologue to Phil Short's superb biography of Pol Pot he notes the following regarding Genocide : " It is understandable , but unhelpful , to speak of genocide: the word conveys the magnitude of the horror of what happened in Cambodia but allows Pol Pot's regime to be dismissed , all too conveniently , as a unique aberration. Such terms create a pernicious amalgam, obscuring a reality that was at once more banal and far more sinister." I very much subscribe to this idea. BTW: In the Official UN treaty on Cambodia the USA sided with China and the KR is not referring to what happened in Cambodia as " Genocide" referring instead to " the universally condemned policies and practices of the past." This , in spite of the fact that while this argument was taking place Prince Sihanouk kept standing up and shouting - " I am for genocide" . I would greatly recommend both Philip Short's book and Samantha Power's books on the issue of what happened in Cambodia . Walter James McIntosh Bluff, New Zealand ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----