[Marxism] Sino-Soviet Split and Chinese Invasion of Vietnam

Lance Murdoch lancemurdoch at gmail.com
Mon May 30 02:23:20 MDT 2005

On 5/28/05, Calvin Broadbent <calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Why did Pol Pot fight against the Vietnamese? What were his reasons for doing
> so, or was he merely a corrupt puppet of US imperialism by the early 1980s?

Broadly speaking, there were two factions of Cambodian communists
(although Michael Vickery noted other important factions than these
main two).  The factions were separated by a variety of factors, two
being a generational one and a geographical one.  The
Vietnamese-sympathetic faction was generally older, had fought the
French as Issarak, after 1954 either went to North Vietnam or got
involved with the Pracheachon party.  The Cambodian autonomist faction
was generally younger, were students in France prior to returning to
Cambodia in the mid 1950s, avoided the Pracheachon party and did
entryist tactics into the Democrat and later Sangkum party.  Pol Pot
was part of this latter group.

This dynamic still existed somewhat in the late 1970s.  At that time,
a geographical factor came into play, with the "eastern zone" of
Cambodia being more Vietnamese-sympathetic, with other zones not being
as much so, in fact, being even Vietnam-antipathetic.

As far as why did Pol Pot fight the Vietnamese, well, they invaded
Cambodia in 1978.

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