Noam Chomsky gets turned away by the country he works to destroy.
After its defeat in Vietnam, the United States withdrew its military forces from the entire Indo-Chinese peninsula, something Chomsky along with the rest of the left had fiercely denied it would ever do. The result was that Cambodia was over-run by the Khmer Rouge—in other words, by the Communist forces that the Vietnamese Communists along [...]
Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist Party that ruled Cambodia from 1976-1979. “Khmer Rouge” (or Khmer Reds) was the French rendering of the organization’s official name: the “Communist Party of Cambodia.” Inspired by what he had witnessed during a trip to Mao Zedong’s China, Pol Pot envisioned an agrarian Communist utopia […]