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33 Let us be clear about what the issues at stake are. The weight of scholarly evidence makes clear, beyond any shadow of doubt, that the Khmer Rouge leaders carried out a radical Communist revolution that led to the death of over one million people, perhaps as many as two million. This dreadful situation was not a product of the world isolating Cambodia. 34 These facts were known at the time the Khmer Rouge were in power, as was their explanatory relevance. But Chomsky refused to believe them, and attacked the integrity of those who tried to tell the world the truth.
Unfortunately, the American press corps in Cambodia, itself hostile to American policies, was not very forthcoming in relating these stories to their readers. After the Khmer Rouge seized power over all of Cambodia in April 1975, the extent of their bizarre cruelty was first reported by several Western journalists who, from their refuge in the French embassy, witnessed the forced depopulation of Phnom Penh. Stories of mass executions and even more deaths from overwork, malnutrition and disease began to trickle out from those refugees lucky enough to escape their villages and avoid the armed patrols and minefields that obstructed their escape route to Thailand.
The other, George C. ” They would have had us believe that their interest was merely in showing how the Western media refused to publish favorable reports of Communist revolution and were disposed to publish only critical accounts that supported the preconception that Communist revolutions are horrible. This is utterly disingenuous. Chomsky had strong views on where the truth lay, as is shown by his tone and indeed his entire critical evaluation of the three books. The pro–Khmer Rouge book of Hildebrand and Porter is described as “a carefully documented study .
Anti Chomsky Reader by Peter Collier