US Anti-Intellectualism and the Boneyards of Cambodia

Cambodia: Statues of Polpot Placed Next to Shackles

Author’s Note: The Khmer Rouge were a Marxist-Leninist (Maoist) movement which arose out of the fifth and squalor of French colonial domination across Indochina. It was an armed struggle with its basic weaponry supplied by Communist China. Kampuchea (Cambodia) was a very poor agrarian society with feudalistic and tribal cultural tendencies. The Khmer Rouge movement signified a significant and progressive development away from this abject poverty in the region. The teaching of literacy was a main priority in village schools. During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Khmer Rouge (along with the Pathet Lao in neighbouring Laos), supported the anti-American war effort. Indeed, part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through Cambodian territory. As a consequence, the US would send ground troops into Cambodia and unleash a severe aerial bombing campaign between 1969-1970 – although US Special Forces operated in Cambodia before and after these dates. Tere was already a civil war happening in Cambodia between the Khmer Rouge and the Royal Cambodian Army. The countryside of this small country was littered with human remains, the victims of the ongoing and often indiscriminate war. It is these ‘remains’ which now serve US propaganda purposes held in the ‘bone’ museums established during the 1980s. The US government still applies this mode of propaganda against China today. China is said to place millions of Uyghur Muslim people into ‘Concentration Camps’ and to routinely ‘persecute’ religious practice. This is why the US created the Falun Gong Cult, and the Pro-Tibetan Movement – each designed in Wahington, but said to be from China! This is the exact blueprint of misrepresentation the US used against the Khmer Rouge (which supported China). According to the US – China and the Khmer Rouge are ‘fascist’ and not ‘Socialist’. Ordinary working people are ‘enslaved’ and not ‘free’, and ‘undesirables’ are rounded-up and disposed of in Concentration Camps (just like those in Nazi Germany). If those who routinely fell for these US lies could travel to China, or if they could talk with the elderly Veterans of the Khmer Rouge – they would learn that none of this US anti-intellectualism is true! People have far more democratic and religious freedom within Communist China (and North Korea, for that matter), than in the capitalist West, and that the ethnic Chinese, Tibetan and Uyghur people live very good and fulfilled lives under the Chinese Socialist System! Furthermore, both the Tibetan and Uyghur areas are generally peaceful and areas of economic growth and developing wealth! The Khmer Rouge were only in power for four years, and hardly had any time to build a new society before the US ousted them and besmirched their reputation. The Khmer Rouge certainly did not possess the motivation (or means) to carry-out any widespread genocidal pogrom in the area. This is why when we assess history, we must do so only from the perspective of the proletariat and never let bourgeois history dominate any interpretive narrative. Finally, throughout the entirety of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) around 3 million were killed in total (when the casualties of both sides are added together). Over a 20-year-period, the massive US air and ground fire-power contributed to this high number (the Vietnamese had no airforce). US propaganda would have us believe that the lightly armed Khmer Rouge killed the same amount of people in just four years! ACW (24.7.2020)  

Cambodia: US Propaganda – Skulls Stacked for Tourists!

Probably around 14-years-ago, I visited the imperial War Museum situated in South London, to attend an exhibition about the Nazi German ‘Holocaust’. This was part of an educational trip for the younger members of our family as a history lesson about WWII. As a British (English) family with Irish and Chinese roots, our grandparents in Europe and China fought the forces of international fascism during the 1930s and 1940s. Our Chinese relatives fought the Imperial Japanese Army in the New Territories of Hong Kong as part of the Hakka Chinese Resistance, whilst one of my British grandparents fought in the Royal Navy Patrol Group in the North Atlantic, and the other was a Glider-Landed soldier in the British Army who landed in Caen in the early hours before the D-Day Landings. The Exhibition showed the ruthless efficiency of the Nazi German death machine. Germany, despite its defeat after WWI (1914-1918), was a fully developed ‘First World’ country possessing all the expected industrialised infrastructure. It also had a substantial population of relatively healthy children and adults (certainly no less healthy than the UK, despite the injustices and inequalities inherent within the capitalist system). Adolf Hitler had been agitating since around 1920 – blaming the Jews, Homosexuals, the Disabled and Communists for all the inadequacies of the capitalist system! Hitler was certainly no ‘Communist’, and believed fervently in the capitalist system providing it served the needs of what he termed the ‘superior’ races!  

Cambodia: Western Tourists ‘Pay’ to Photograph the Remains!

For Hitler, the ‘superior’ races were the Nordics (but not their relatives – the ‘Slavs’), the Anglo-Saxons and ‘White’ ethnic groups derived from these lineages. This designation included most (but not all) White people living in Europe, and most (but not all) White people living in the US. Jews, although mostly of European descent, were deemed racially ‘inferior’ by Hitler’s new Scientific Racism’ (explained in his book ‘Mein Kampf’). No one of the African or Asian races were ‘superior’ in anyway, although there was an ideological grey area regarding people of mixed-race (depending on looks and extent of the mixing, etc). Although the Russians are primarily re-settled Vikings from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, etc, according to Hitler’s analysis, their mixing with the racially inferior stock of local Asiatic people had watered-down their racial purity and polluted their minds with notions of Asiatic ‘equality’ (hence that country’s adopting of ‘Communism’). Hitler hated any form of Marxian-led ‘Socialism’, and viewed all notions of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ as being related to egalitarian Jewish (ethnic) culture. His view was that genuine non-Marxian ‘Socialism’ involved all of the resources of society being used by the dominant, superior race, for their own consumption and well-being. Everyone who is a part of the ‘superior’ race, Hitler promised, would have all their material needs met be confiscating the wealth and property of the ‘inferior’ races!  

Cambodia: Remains Disrespectfully ‘Stacked’

Hitler was ‘elected’ (in a roundabout manner) into power in 1933, but even then, it took at least two years of legal wrangling to establish his dictatorship, with Germany’s advanced ‘First World’ infrastructure allowing a centralised government to effectively project (and enforce) its will out to the peripheries. Historically speaking, the German people had been used to dictatorial governments, and many ethnic Germans resented the enforcing of British-style democracy after WWI and were glad to see the back of the hated Weimar Republic! Hitler and his supporters were highly motivated and well-educated. The Nazis were focused on ‘purifying’ their society of all racially impure elements. These people were to be channelled into Death Camps and slowly but surely worked to death, or deliberately gassed en mass. This is how Hitler set about ‘purifying’ German society of all the elements he believed caused all the problems suffered by the German people. Hitler ruled from 1933-1945, but the mass killings did not (and could not) have started straightaway. Indeed, the extermination of the Disabled probably never began to around 1938 (where they were starved to death, and/or received lethal injects in State hospitals. Some were ‘gassed’ in the visiting mobile gas chambers. Although Concentration Camps did appear in the first months of the Third Reich (Dachau in March, 1933), their first purpose was to house all the unemployed in Germany and put them to State-sponsored work. As these men were eventually ‘conscripted’ into the Nazi Germany military, and through these policies of mass relocation, Hitler solved German unemployment and created full employment. Later, these camps changed function were used to house ‘undesirables’, and were eventually used as mass extermination centres. However, mass killings on a massive scale probably did not begin until 1941-1942 – when Nazi German forces were moving toward Moscow, and the Hitlerites were having to process hundreds of thousands capturing hundreds of thousands of Red Army POWs and millions of Soviet citizens (deciding who to ‘exterminate’ and who to ‘enslave’)! By 1945, the Nazi Germans had murder around 11 million in the Death Camps, and killed and wounded between 27-40 million Soviet men, women and children!  

Cambodia: US Propaganda states ‘Socialism’ is Evil!

Hitler was ‘elected’ (in a roundabout manner) into power in 1933, but even then, it took at least two years of legal wrangling to establish his dictatorship, with Germany’s advanced ‘First World’ infrastructure allowing a centralised government to effectively project (and enforce) its will out to the peripheries. Historically speaking, the German people had been used to dictatorial governments, and many ethnic Germans resented the enforcing of British-style democracy after WWI and were glad to see the back of the hated Weimar Republic! Hitler and his supporters were highly motivated and well-educated. The Nazis were focused on ‘purifying’ their society of all racially impure elements. These people were to be channelled into Death Camps and slowly but surely worked to death, or deliberately gassed en mass. This is how Hitler set about ‘purifying’ German society of all the elements he believed caused all the problems suffered by the German people. Hitler ruled from 1933-1945, but the mass killings did not (and could not) have started straightaway. Indeed, the extermination of the Disabled probably never began to around 1938 (where they were starved to death, and/or received lethal injects in State hospitals. Some were ‘gassed’ in the visiting mobile gas chambers. Although Concentration Camps did appear in the first months of the Third Reich (Dachau in March, 1933), their first purpose was to house all the unemployed in Germany and put them to State-sponsored work. As these men were eventually ‘conscripted’ into the Nazi Germany military, and through these policies of mass relocation, Hitler solved German unemployment and created full employment. Later, these camps changed function were used to house ‘undesirables’, and were eventually used as mass extermination centres. However, mass killings on a massive scale probably did not begin until 1941-1942 – when Nazi German forces were moving toward Moscow, and the Hitlerites were having to process hundreds of thousands capturing hundreds of thousands of Red Army POWs and millions of Soviet citizens (deciding who to ‘exterminate’ and who to ‘enslave’)! By 1945, the Nazi Germans had murder around 11 million in the Death Camps, and killed and wounded between 27-40 million Soviet men, women and children!  

Cambodia: Thousand of People Represent US Propaganda

The Imperial War Museum also had other rooms showing massacres in Africa and around the world, but one which stood-out in my mind was that dedicated to Cambodia. This one had signs talking about the ‘brutality’ of Communist ideology (presented as ‘education’), but never gave any examples of this brutish-sounding ideology! Indeed, there was zero educational value whatsoever, as the intellectual level suddenly plummeted like a stone! Gone was the intellectual sophistication and carefully (and logically) laid-out educational set-pieces that educated children and adults alike as to the reality of Nazi Germany. The Cambodia exhibition showed a Cambodian woman crying and saying her relative was somewhere in this pile of skulls! The camera panned backwards and this woman was revealed to be sat in-front of a huge pile of skulls stacked in an eye-catching pyramid. I realised that we had entered the surreal world of US anti-intellectualism! The Imperial War Museum should have known better than to include Cambodia as part of exhibition about the Nazi German ‘Holocaust’, as if the former is a historical continuation of the latter!  

Cambodia: Skulls in Choeung Ek Musuem Show Damage from US Bombing

The ‘ahistorical’ message is clear – there is no difference between Socialism (i.e. ‘Communism’) and the ideology of fascism! Although within the strictures of US anti-intellectualism this is considered ‘true’, the rest of us – who inhabit the real world of proper academic vigour – Know full well that there is a world of difference between Socialism and fascism, and that this ‘difference’ is why the Soviet Union was an ally of the UK and the US during WWII! This ‘difference’ ensured that the Soviets lost around 34 million men, women and children during the war! Whilst the Imperial War Museum tried its best to demonise Socialism, its ideologues said nothing about how many people the capitalist regimes have killed and murdered since 1945! Indeed, there was no exhibition for this reality, but a recent academic report states that the US military has killed between 20-30 million people around the world since 1945! This is a number far greater than those killed in Cambodia (which were ironically, probably killed through US bombing), more than who died in the ‘Holocaust’ and getting toward the amount killed in the USSR by the Nazi Germans! An exhibition about the ongoing ‘capitalist’ holocaust would be a very worthwhile educational event!  Nowhere was there a display recording the sheer horror of the two atomic bombs dropped by the US on an already defeated Japan in 1945!  also, not included is the ongoing genocide of the Palestinians perpetuated by the modern (Zionist) State of Israel!  

Cambodia: US Propaganda Ensured Convenient ‘English’ Translation!

As I have written elsewhere, I believe the Vietnamese invasion and occupation of Cambodia from 1979-1989 allowed the US CIA to build the museums and fabricate the narrative of the Khmer Rouge ‘Holocaust’. I further believe this is a prime example of ‘fake’ history being passed-off by the American Establishment as representing ‘real’ historical events. Today, ‘capitalist’ Cambodia is a ‘failed’ State, which sees Western tourists purchasing Cambodian children for sexual purposes, for around $10. America says nothing about this, as Cambodia is now ‘capitalist’ utopia despite the abject poverty of its people.  Jewish people would quite rightly never allow the bones of their ancestors to be put on public display just so the Americans could make a point about which economic system they prefer. All Jewish remains are buried properly with respect. Black-Americans would not let the bones of their enslaved ancestors be stacked up in pyramid shapes, and then have ‘tourists’ pay money to look at them whilst reading signs about the ‘evil’ of slavery! All Black-American remains would be buried with respect. Indeed, Native American Indians have had battles with the ‘White’ US Authorities in modern times, regarding their habit of putting the ancestral bodies of Indian people on public display, usually as part of disrespectful exhibitions celebrating the White settlement of Indian land! No other ethnic group in the world would allow such a disgraceful treatment of its ancestral remains, but this is exactly the policy US enforces in Cambodia! These Cambodian people were murdered by the US during their illegal bombing raids (and other military actions) in that country! Today, the CIA keeps these horrible museums open as a warning against Socialism and this is nothing but psychological terrorism aimed at the Cambodian people! These museums should be shut-down (as a Crime Against Humanity), the remains should be cremated with respect, and Western academics should ‘stop’ associating Nazi Germany with the Khmer Rouge! This is how we beat US anti-intellectualism and US imperialism in Cambodia! 

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