Monthly Archives: November 2015
How much of these atrocities can be attributed to a blindness or unwillingness to see what was occurring? Would anything have changed if Vietnam had not been Communist? Since Pol Pot was inspired by China, could he indirectly have been … Continue reading
One of the key themes I noticed during this reading was the role of blindness to see what was occurring. Many individuals who were involved were unwilling to admit that atrocities were occurring. This situation is common across many different … Continue reading
Why is Pol Pot not known in American high schools? Was the existence of S-21 politicized by the regime that replaced the Khmer Rouge? Obviously many innocent people were detained and interrogated. Does this follow a philosophical ideal of the … Continue reading
I was intrigued by my own ignorance of Pol Pot’s life. My only previous exposure to the leader was when my old high school history teacher bought a fish and named it Pol Pot. She explained that Pol Pot was … Continue reading
Does the complexity of the Congo Wars contribute to it being underreported/taught? Does the number of ordinary civilians/militias involved reinforce the idea that any people/group can experience this violence under the right conditions? Is corruption self-feeding/cyclical?
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters illustrates the complexity of violence associated with the Congo Wars. No party was completely devoid of bloodshed or blame. Each side felt victimized, and thus justified in their actions. As such, polarization became an … Continue reading