Pol Pot, the Khymer Rouge, and Genocide in Cambodia Introduction The political actions of Pol Pot reached the level of genocide in terms of the number of victims, for the death toll in Cambodia between 1976 and 1979 exceeded 1.5 million people, but scholars have engaged in an extended debate over whether â€œgenocideâ€ is an accurate term for the mass killings perpetrated by the Khymer Rouge, for this term was originally conceived in response to the Nazi slaughter of European Jews during the Holocaust and was meant to define and categorize the mass killing of a particular religious, racial, or ethnic group of people. Pol Pot and the Khymer Rouge did not target their victims for persecution and death on the basis of race, religion, or...The end:
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