Just a few days ago John Kerry stoutly denied that there had been a bloodbath in Southeast Asia when the Democrat-controlled Congress cut off funding for South Vietnam. Today the UN-sponsored Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia destroyed Kerry's claim by finally bringing charges of crimes against humanity against the former warden of the notorious Tuol Sleng prison. Kang Kek Ieu, also known as Duch, was the Khmer Rouge official in charge of the former school that was converted into a torture prison. An estimated 16,000 Cambodians were tortured in Tuol Sleng. Then they were killed.
"The co-investigating judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia have charged Kang Kek Ieu, alias Duch, for crimes against humanity and have placed him in provisional detention," tribunal judges said in a statement.
Duch, one of five former leaders widely thought to be under investigation, ran the Khmer Rouge's notorious Tuol Sleng prison, a former high school that was converted into a torture centre.
Some 16,000 men, women and children were brutalised there before being taken to the outskirts of the capital and executed.
But, according to Kerry, none of that happened. There was no murderous genocide. Several million Cambodians weren't murdered. 165,000 Vietnamese didn't die in the reeducation camps of the North Vietnamese.
Tuol Sleng. Tuol Sleng. Tuol Sleng. (That last link is the story of one of the people who lived to tell about Tuol Sleng. There were seven in all. Total. Seven. The other 16,000 cannot tell their stories.)