|It is believed that up to 2 million Cambodians died under CIA/Pol Pot's regime (AFP/BBC)|
|Cambodian Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft)|
|The Buddha at Battambang, Cambodia (Kim Seng/captainkino.com/flickr.com)|
But long before that -- mirroring the Mesoamerican empires of ancient Mexico (Aztec, Toltec, and Olmec) -- it was one of the world's greatest empires extending in the jungles from the center of the world at Angkor Wat and its suburbs, which were once home to 1,000,000 residents. It covers more ground than Paris and was built with more stone than the pyramids of Egypt, according to National Geographic.
|Glass pool reservoir at Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Platongkohphoto/flickr.com)|
"The Killing Fields," winner of three Academy Awards, tells the story of a New York Times reporter and his Cambodian aide harrowingly trapped in Cambodia's 1975 Khmer Rouge revolution. Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, and "Best Supporting Actor" (Oscar and Golden Globe winner) Haing S. Ngor star in this shattering true story. Rated: R.
|Jolie's Cambodian shaman/Buddhist tattoos|
WARNING: Graphic and gruesome violence! (CNN.com, May 1, 2009) CNN's Dan Rivers profiles members of the Khmer Rouge, as they face justice before a U.N.-backed trial.
|Ancient megalithic Angkor Wat and its Buddha and kings' faces (Dvillaret/flickr.com)|
|Soum Rithy, who lost his father and three siblings, reacts to verdict in Phom Penh (Reuters)|
Up to two million people are thought to have died under the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime -- of starvation and overwork or executed as enemies of the state.
"Holiday in Cambodia"
(DKs555) "Apocalypse Now" illegally in Cambodia, where the US/CIA had no right or justification to be. Yet, it dropped more cluster bombs and committed as many if not more secret war crimes in Cambodia and Laos than it did in Vietnam.