June 16, 1997


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Who are the greatest butchers of all time? Adolf Hitler is the most infamous, and Stalin and Mao are each responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.

A lesser-known mass murderer is Pol Pot, who is said to be responsible for more than one million Cambodians who were executed or died from disease, starvation or overwork in labor camps. Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge regime, whose attempt to build a communist utopia in Cambodia from 1975-1979 was portrayed in the movie “The Killing Fields.” Khmer Rouge guerrillas emptied the capitol city of Phnom Penh by forcing women, children, the elderly, and the sick to go to vast labor camps in the countryside.

Unlike Hitler, Mao, or Stalin, Pot is apparently still alive. Wanted by the Cambodian government and the World Court on charges of genocide, Pot has been living in the northern area of Anlong Veng, among a dwindling number of soldiers still loyal to him.

That number may have just been diminished by one, as it is reported that Pot has killed his long-time ally and defense minister, Son Sen, along with 11 of Sen’s family members. Pot allegedly had the family shot and then had a truck run over the bodies.

(Source: Reuters.)

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