PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Khmer Rouge guards killed babies by battering them against trees under an official policy to ensure the children of the brutal Cambodian regime's victims could never take revenge for their parents' deaths, the group's chief jailer testified Monday.The above is the opening to an article from the Associated Press about the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch (pronounced Doik), said he was to blame for the brutal killing of infants as the commander of the Khmer Rouge's notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh during the 1970s. As many as 16,000 men, women and children are believed to have been tortured there before being sent to their deaths.
Totalitarian governments are the extremes of all political systems. On the right, totalitarianism takes the form of absolute monarchists. On the right, totalitarianism takes the form of fascism and Communism. At these points, only the reasons why differ from the practices.
That said, in a battle of the extremes of right vs. left, I'd wager that the Leftists of the 20th Century inflicted more death, pain, and suffering on their fellow human beings than all the Rightists of the previous 20 centuries combined.
That's not to say I am pro-extremism in any form. Just that the Khmer Rouge is another example of how the Left sucks more than the Right.