Also, today Ieng Sary, the foreign minister during Pol Pot's regime was arrested today and will be taken to the UN-backed war crimes tribunal. He is now well into his eighties, and I suppose some would argue that there isn't a point to putting him on trial at this point. I, however, think that there is always a point. It sets a precedent (I seem to talk about that a lot) for future genocidal perpetrators and war criminals. Being old does not excuse you from your crimes.
On a similar note, some of you may be familiar with Simon Wiesenthal, a man who survived the Nazi concentration camps and devoted the rest of his life to hunting down the genocidal Nazi war criminals. He has written many excellent books that are well worth a read. This summer I had the opportunity to see a new documentary about his life and work, I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal. The title is in reference to his pledge to never stop bringing perpetrators of the genocide to justice in remembrance of those who perished. He stopped neither when he was old, nor when they were. It is extremely well done and beautifully narrated by Nicole Kidman, I highly recommend it.
Below are some pictures that I took while in Cambodia and shared with the class today. As always, I'd love to hear your opinions and comments.
A map of Cambodia made from the skulls and bones of some of the victims of S-21. Shortly after this was taken, it was dismantled.