Saturday, March 11, 2017

Week 9 - Matthew Mandel

This week we read “War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian Syndrome”, the author Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, and it discusses the Khmer Rouge war, that took over Cambodia and created a mass genocide of the Cambodian people. Cathy talks about how the genocide and what people had to go through in order to get out of Cambodia and become refugees. Cathy really brought it to the attention of the readers that a lot of the memories that the refugees had to recall were not entirely the correct situations as to what really happened because many of the situations became repressed and hard to recall or altered in their mind. Cathy also wanted to bring awareness that many of the places in Cambodia are being publicized as places to want to go and yet are not given the same respect as to what these places represent. They also aren't given or being treated in the proper way as to what the place really meant and what situations took place there.

I found it hard to hear what the Khmer Rouge did to people as to how they could take people into these giant fields and start killing them for no reason, and how they would drown people in tanks of sewage water. While reading this it really made me tear up to learn of these horrific situation that took place in Cambodia.

Why are people hardwired to take orders from someone just because they seem to be the “leader”? EX: why did people do what pol pot said or follow hitler, and not fight against what they said?


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