After the cataclysm, postwar Indochina and the by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

By Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman

Dissects the aftermath of the struggle in Southeast Asia, the refugee challenge, the Vietnam/Cambodia clash and the Pol Pot regime.


Dissects the aftermath of the battle in Southeast Asia, the refugee challenge, the Vietnam/Cambodia clash and the Pol Pot regime.

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As for the latter, he informed the press in Peking that: When Pol Pot organized the working people, it was good. I do not make propaganda for Pol Pot, he is not my friend. 9 Sihanouk reported that he was taken 5 or 6 times on trips through the countryside: [The people] work very hard, but they are not unhappy. On the contrary, they smile. On their lips we could hear songs, revolutionary songs naturally, not love songs. I prefer love songs. I was a crooner, I composed many love songs, but the revolutionary songs are not so bad.

Planners had anticipated. Meanwhile, the United States began the systematic bombing of South Vietnam, at three times the level of the more publicized—and more protested—bombing of the North. S. S. military. S. outposts in northern Laos were guiding the bombing of North Vietnam from Thai bases. By this time Thai and North Vietnamese forces were also engaged, though on a considerably smaller scale. By 1968, the United States was conducting a bombing campaign of extraordinary severity in northern Laos, far removed from the war in South Vietnam.

Efforts dating back to the 1940s eventually failed. S. clients had been defeated in all parts of Indochina, leaving incredible carnage, bitterness, and near insoluble problems of reconstruction. The United States thereafter refused reparations or aid, and exerted its considerable influence to block assistance from elsewhere. 2 Historical comparisons are of only limited value—too many factors vary from case to case—but it nevertheless may be suggestive to compare the situation in Indochina after 1975 with that of Western Europe as World War II came to an end.

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