[Marxism] Chinese foreign policy, continued

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Nov 19 15:33:33 MST 2006

The Long Secret Alliance: Uncle Sam and Pol Pot
The Khmer Rouge delligently documented its victims such as these, who 
were presumable executed soon after they were photographed.

The_Long_Secret_Alliance by John Pilger Covert Action Quarterly #62

With 50 CIA agents running Washington's Cambodia operation from 
Thailand, the dividing line between the international relief 
operation and the US war blurred.


The US not only helped create conditions that brought Cambodia's 
Khmer Rouge to power in 1975, but actively supported the genocidal 
force, politically and financially. By January 1980, the US was 
secretly funding Pol Pot's exiled forces on the Thai border. The 
extent of this support-$85 million from 1980 to 1986-was revealed six 
years later in correspondence between congressional lawyer Jonathan 
Winer, then counsel to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) of the Senate Foreign 
Relations Committee, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. 
Winer said the information had come from the Congressional Research 
Service (CRS). When copies of his letter were circulated, the Reagan 
administration was furious. Then, without adequately explaining why, 
Winer repudiated the statistics, while not disputing that they had 
come from the CRS. In a second letter to Noam Chomsky, however, Winer 
repeated the original charge, which, he confirmed to me, was 
"absolutely correct."

Washington also backed the Khmer Rouge through the United Nations, 
which provided Pol Pot's vehicle of return. Although the Khmer Rouge 
government ceased to exist in January 1979, when the Vietnamese army 
drove it out, its representatives continued to occupy Cambodia's UN 
seat. Their right to do so was defended and promoted by Washington as 
an extension of the Cold War, as a mechanism for US revenge on 
Vietnam, and as part of its new alliance with China (Pol Pot's 
principal underwriter and Vietnam's ancient foe). In 1981, President 
Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, said, "I 
encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot." The US, he added, "winked 
publicly" as China sent arms to the Khmer Rouge through Thailand.


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