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John Pilger: A trip from Pol Pot to ISIS

In connection with ISIS's acts of violence in Beirut and Paris, John Pilger gives us an important reminder of what is the root of terrorism – and how to deal with it.

When President Richard Nixon ordered a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said that "everything that flies and moves" should be taken. While Barack Obama is waging his seventh war on the Muslim world since being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and while Francois Hollande promises a merciless attack on Syria, this frivolity of lies and hysteria makes one almost nostalgic when thinking back on Kissinger's bloodthirsty honesty.
As a witness to the human consequences of this delusion, I am not surprised by the historical oblivion that once again takes place. A telling example is Pol Pot's struggle for power with his Red Khmer, which had much in common with today's ISIS. Red Khmer were also ruthless, medieval figures who began as a small sect. In addition, they were also the result of a US-created apocalypse.

According to Pol Pot his movement consisted of "fewer than 5000 poorly armed guerrillas without any clear strategy, tactics, loyalty or leader." When Nixon's and Kissinger's B-52 bombers were launched as part of the so-called "Operation Menu", the West's supreme demon could not believe it. . .

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Pilger is an award-winning journalist and author with a number of honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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