Despite being recorded internationally as one of the most appaling vilans in history, Pol Pot never went to Prison but lived in some sort of House Arrest arrangement in this house until be died.
In his youth, Pol Pot was a quite clever student, and won a scholarship that took him to France to study for a couple of years. While there, he was exposed to Communism theory. On return to Cambodia, he became involved with the local Communist Party, and quite soon became its leader. Under his leadership, the Communist Party won the election. Very quickly the lack of Checks and Ballances allowed Pol Pot to take the party to a place where it developed an extreme view that the Country would become great if it forced everyone into a single class that abandoned modern technologies, knowledge and Western influences. Borders were sealed and Khmer Rouge movement maniacly forced their doctrin on everyone. Millions died in the four years that the Khmer Rouge was in power.
Pol Pot never accepted responsibility for his role. In this house I was reminded of the axium "Power corrupts...Absolute Power corrupts absolutely!". I could not stay more than a minute in this house, as it felt full of unrepentent ghosts, and I had the sense that Mankind had failed to learn lessons from this appauling experiment.
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