There is the problem of timing. Japan was one of the most recent and, sadly, the most brutal. That last point is one giant fuck up of Imperial Japan. It simultaneously took the focus on Western atrocities and gave them an excuse to say “everybody does it”. They really really fucked up.
Now, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia were the latest large-scale victims. So, why aren’t they mad at them? This one is again complicated by an Asian neighbor, but also narrative control.
After the Vietnam War, Vietnam tried to invade Cambodia to create an IndoChina empire at China’s border. Predicting the geopolitical danger to themselves and [probably to a lesser extent] the needs of their Cambodian ally , China ordered Vietnam to stop to no avail so they waged a war. It needs to be understood that this is not a war of aggression. After the wars, the West would spread revisionist history.
“It was really not about the ideology… We did not know much about it. I was, for instance, very angry with the Americans. I became a soldier at the age of 17. And my friends were very angry, too. They joined Khmer Rouge to fight Americans, and especially the corruption of their puppet dictator Lon Nol, in Phnom Penh.”
The US gave so much support, so much money, to the corrupt Lon Nol regime. Everybody knew where it all went to - to countless lavish parties, to fancy prostitutes… The US bombed our countryside to the ground. Hundreds of thousands of people died. People went mad, they were indignant. And so many of them joined Khmer Rouge as a result.”
The West, for decades, managed to corrupt Phnom Penh, by paying almost everyone that matters there, to repeat and to perfect a twisted and clichéd narrative. The NGO’s, journalists – they are all shouting about the “Communist” genocide in Cambodia. It has become a well remunerated job, the source of an incessant flow of funding, a complex lie backed by the Western propaganda machine, academia and the mainstream press.
“Why do people in Phnom Penh keep repeating that Pol Pot conducted ‘Communist Genocide’? Why, like in the rest of Southeast Asia, is China being demonized - And why is demonized Vietnam?” I ask. “We are a very poor country”, replies Song Heang. “And if our people in Phnom Penh get money, they just like the money, and say exactly what they are paid to say. And the US and the European Union are pushing lots of money for certain statements.”