Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sen. Kerry and holocaust denial

The AP reports:

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - A former schoolteacher who presided over a torture center was charged Tuesday with crimes against humanity, becoming the first top figure of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge to be indicted for atrocities that led to an estimated 1.7 million deaths.

Duch, 62, also known as Kaing Guek Eav, headed the S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, a virtual slaughterhouse where some 16,000 suspected enemies of the regime were tortured before being taken out to what later became known as "killing fields" near the city.
The slaughter of Cambodians took place between 1975 and 1979. The UN-backed tribunal to try those responsible is just now being set up. James Taranto suggests that Sen. Kerry should be called for the defense. Sen. Kerry claims that the slaughter of the 1.7 million (the AP's estimate) didn't happen:
In snatches, on the Senate floor and at news conferences, Kerry will return to his point of reference, Vietnam. Opponents of the withdrawal [from Iraq] proposal argue that Iraq would be left in chaos and that genocide would occur as a result.

"We heard that argument over and over again about the bloodbath that would engulf the entire Southeast Asia, and it didn't happen," Kerry said.

UPDATE: Sen. Kerry has added some nuance to his claim that it didn't happen.

UPDATE II: It appears (scroll down to "Answering Kerry--II") that some of Sen. Kerry's number are less than honest.

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