How do you treat a friend? Sen. Dodd explained his approach on March 12, 1975:
"The greatest gift our country can give the Cambodian people is not guns but peace. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now." -- Rep. Chris Dodd (D., Conn.)As James Taranto points out, the results of Sen. Dodd's "greatest gift" was not good. In the words of Dith Pran:
March 12, 1975
On April 17th, 1975 the Khmer Rouge, a communist guerrilla group led by Pol Pot, took power in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They forced all city dwellers into the countryside and to labor camps. During their rule, it is estimated that 2 million Cambodians died by starvation, torture or execution. 2 million Cambodians represented approximately 30% of the Cambodian population during that time.Dith Pran, by the way, is the Cambodian refugee whose war time story was portrayed in the movie, The Killing Fields.
Sen. Dodd is currently recommending a similar "gift" to Iraq.
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