US POWs Who Went Over to the Khmer Rouge!

Khmer Rouge and T-54 Tank

US propaganda attempts to deploy a ‘reverse’ psychology whereby the Eurocentric racism inherent in the ‘White’ American mind, is ‘projected’ onto any group of people attempting to live by the standards and norms of Socialism. Whereby Socialist ideology is an antidote to all forms of racism (over-coming all national boundaries and uniting the international working-class), the Americans would have the world believe that ‘Socialism’ (and ‘Socialists’) are just as ‘racist’ as the capitalist system and the average American!  The US is willing to concede the ‘racist’ nature of capitalism, but is reluctant to admit that Socialism is anti-racist and that racism does not exist within Socialist societies! This explains why the US media continuously accuses the Chinese people of being ‘racist’, when for hundreds of years it is the Chinese people who have been the victims of the most appalling (and continuous) racism! Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the US masterminded the undermining of the Khmer Rouge in Kampuchea (Cambodia), and it did this by suggesting that this ethnic group – that had suffered for decades under the ‘racism’ of French imperialism – were not only ‘racist’, but held ideas and values very similar to those observed within Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler! In other words, the US disinformation that equated Joseph Stalin with Adolf Hitler, and the USSR with Nazi Germany, was turned upon the relatively small (and obscure) ethnic group known as the Khmer Rouge. With the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969, the Communist Party of Vietnam changed its allegiance from supporting China to siding with the USSR. This change allowed the US to destroy the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge and blanket-bomb Cambodia back to the stone-age! However, not only did Westerners travel to Southeast Asia in the 1960s, but many openly joined the Communist Forces opposing the Americans! Not only this, but a number of US POWs changed sides whilst in North Vietnamese, Pathet Lao or Khmer Rouge custody, and took-up arms against the country of their birth!  

‘In May, 1974, the CIA reported that two American prisoners were being held by the Khmer Rouge in a detention camp in a coffee plantation in south-eastern Cambodia. They were called ‘Buller’ and ‘Chaigar’ – the spellings, the report says, are phonetic – and they had originally been captured by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. Buller was black with a well-trimmed moustache and beard. He was married to a Khmer woman and they had a six-year-old son. They had been mistreated by the VC and had been asked to be handed over to the Khmer Rouge. Their request had been granted. Chaigar was white with red hair many moles or freckles on his face. He was probably in his early twenties, six feet tall with an erect posture, slender with a sharp nose and spoke Vietnamese.  

Buller was assigned to work as a farmer at the camp and in May, 1974, he was moved with a Khmer Rouge military team to Sangkum Meanchey village to grow vegetables there. Chaigar worked as a truck mechanic at the coffee plantation. 

Buller was thought to be the deserter McKinley Nolan. He had been seen along with his Khmer wife and his then five-year-old child in a camp in September, 1973, by an ARVN escapee. Later, it was reported that they had themselves escaped. The CIA did not know who Chaigar was though. 

However, another report says that a man called “Bulle”, his Khmer wife and six-year-old son had been sighted raising vegetables for the Khmer Rouge in a village called Sangkum Meanchey. This report, though, says that Chaigar is the name of Bule’s son. But the same source says that in a nearby detention facility – built by the Khmer Rouge to house thieves, illicit lovers and the like – called Chamkar Café, there is a prisoner called “Johnson”, who spoke Vietnamese and helped fix the trucks. He was 1.8 metres tall, thin, had brown hair but was covered with freckles. The sources says that he also heard that two other American prisoners were being held at a larger facility near Chlong Hamlet. 

By July. 1974, some of the American POWs in Laos were no longer prisoners but students – at least, that is what the Pathet Lao held a party at the Phu Sung detention facility to celebrate the completion of a phase of the “students” training. Members of the local community were invited and a villager from Ban Pak Sam – also known as Ban Sop Nam – travelled the three kilometres from his home to attend. There was singing, dancing, feasting and drinking red wine. And there were the speeches. The general theme was: “We, the free Lao” – that is, the Pathet Lao – “must unite with the Vietnamese and fight on to victory over the Thais who have stolen our land.”’ 

Nigel Cawthorne: The Bamboo Cage – the full story of American servicemen still missing in Vietnam, Mandarin, (1992), Pages 104-105 

There are also reports of ‘French’ prisoners captured at the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu (a French defeat in North Vietnam), still living ‘freely’ throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, apparently working for the local people! Rumours abound of many Westerners settling down in Indochina and marrying local women and raising children. Obviously, all this is embarrassing to the Americans as it flies in the face of their anti-Communist propaganda! Despite all the death and destructing rained-down on these people – they were still willing to accept Americans as fellow human-beings and even have intimate relationships with them. The US government has written elsewhere that in their opinion, the Khmer Rouge ‘kill’ all foreigners on sight! The US government has been particularly ‘disturbed’ by stories of US servicemen ‘fighting’ for the North Vietnamese: 

‘’One guy who was something more than a visitor was the 25-year-old Caucasian who was commanding a T-54 tank into Saigon when the South finally fell to the communists 30 April, 1975. Three other former US servicemen were seen fighting for the communist forces in Quang Ngai province the month before.’ 

Nigel Cawthorne: The Bamboo Cage – the full story of American servicemen still missing in Vietnam, Mandarin, (1992), Page 108 

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