Cambodia 1970s to 1990s. To Westerners, it appears as an idyllic countryside, even mysterious and exotic. To the Easterners, a country wracked with internal strife. To Cambodians, it is the Killing Fields - the Lebanon of the East.
What this article is about -
This article takes a look at the hypocrisy of the West's stance on Cambodia. While the West tells the world it helps Cambodia pick up the pieces, it actually aids Pol Pot, the guy who was responsible for killing 2 million of his fellow countrymen. The West tried to help Pol Pot to regain power after he and his Khmer Rouge were ousted by Viet forces.
We will also take a look at how Singapore, then still under the premiership of Lee Kuan Yew, actively manufactured arms and other munition, to aid the resistant forces of Cambodia, in cahoots with the western nations, so that war criminal Pol Pot could return to power.
Background of the Killing Fields -
Cambodia was referred as The Lebanon of the East for good reason. War torn and countless dead. Many who managed to live had limbs blown off by mines put up by the Pol Pot's forces. When Pol Pot was in power, 2 million Cambodians were killed. When he was overthrown after Vietnam invaded Cambodia, he retreated into the jungles. He then planned a return to power. He was aided by the West nations, encouraged by China, and Singapore was part of this evil connection.
Singapore's involvement with the Khmer Rouge, led by war criminal, Pol Pot -
Full documentary by John Pilger below.
Take note of the screenshot here. 32:55 min into the documentary.
US designed weapons reached Khmer Rouge and its allies through Singapore. What is the US Government doing to stop this? Why do US officials continue to refuse to answer inquiries from television on Cambodia?
The documentary is about 50 minutes long. If you want to see just the relevant part that concerns Singapore's covert involvement, here is the truncated version.
John Pilger-Cambodia, The Betrayal part 3-5
The documentary was aired in 1990 or 1991. The President of the US was George H Bush (George Senior) and the Prime Minister of Singapore was Lee Kuan Yew. The manufacturer in Singapore, which manufactured the arms and munitions which were then shipped to the Khmer Rouge, was The Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS).
Closing words -
I have in the past posted about SAF's complicity in war crimes committed by the US and NATO in the Afghan and Iraq wars this century. Here are some examples.
SAF's complicit war crimes - an insider speaks
SAF complicit in these war crimes
American war crimes and SAF is complicit
Put WW2 Jap war criminals on trial? Our top SAF men may face same fate
In this article, we see that Singapore has been complicit in war crimes even before this century.
My sources are taken from here - Reply to Dr Wee Teck Young’s Letter to TOC
Original publication here.
External related link - The Long Secret Alliance: Uncle Sam and Pol Pot (by John Pilger)