Category Archives: Pol Pot

Human affairs will, to an extent, always be incalculable

The Vietnamese communist régime, writes Dalrymple,

though often brutal, never descended to anything like the horror of Cambodia.

Among the factors, he says,

must surely have been the character and personality of the leaders as well as of the countries themselves. The fate of countries cannot be reduced, either in prospect or in retrospect, to an invariable formula.

The Pol Pot of architects

Le Corbusier supuso para la arquitectura lo que PolPot para la reforma social.

‘Le Corbusier supuso para la arquitectura lo que Pol Pot para la reforma social. En cierto sentido, sus actividades tienen menos excusa que las de Pol Pot, porque adiferencia de los camboyanos poseía un gran talento,incluso se podría decir que era un genio. Por desgracia, utilizó sus dones para fines destructivos, y el hecho deque prestara de buena gana sus servicios tanto a Stalin como al régimen de Vichy no es pura coincidencia.’

Murderousness of Leftist intellectuals

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 18.27.37Latin America guerrilla movements, writes Dalrymple,

far from being the spontaneous and justified expression of a downtrodden peasantry, as was the received wisdom among Western intellectuals, were the products of rapidly expanding numbers of university students led by Leftist intellectuals.

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 18.30.21For instance,

the Guatemalan guerrilla group, ORPA, was led by the son of the Guatemalan Nobel prize winner, the novelist Miguel Ángel Asturias. The worst of them, Peru’s Sendero Luminoso, was led by a professor of philosophy, Abimael Guzmán, who very nearly became Peru’s Pol Pot.