Saturday, December 10, 2005

Khmer Rouge trials get closer to reality

Trials for the surviving senior commanders of the Khmer Rouge got a little closer to reality recently.

The UN has sent a group of officials to Phnom Penh to set up full-time offices starting in January.

This is good news, I suppose. However, the KR figures set for trial are in far greater danger of dying of old age than they are in being sentenced in a trial. The KR got kicked out of Phnom Penh in 1978. Pol Pot has already expired. The rest of them ain't getting any younger.

Please remember that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of between 1 and 2 million Cambodians during their three year reign of mayhem and terror between 1975 and 1978. Don't you think it's time for at least some of them to face justice?

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