Genocide in Cambodia – Term Paper

As you reflect on the subject you selected for your Original Post, and the research you conducted, were there concrete themes, issues, and/or dynamics that you noticed as resonant,

In the Cambodian genocide, imperialism, identity and mass violence were the most common themes that were resonant as the Khmer rouge wanted to extend their power through mass violence. Specific groups were targeted with the crimes especially the Buddhist monks, the educated elites as well as the ethnic minorities who were not ready to join the revolution to help them in defeating the US backed Lon Nol regime.

In your view, within the current state of American society? What are they, and why/how do they resonate?

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In the current state of American society, themes such as imperialism and racism are still prevalent and resonant as racism can still be identities in mass murder, police shooting, racial profiling and other anti-minority issues.

What thoughts do you have about the resolution, or prospects for resolution, of international conflicts, as discussed by a classmate and by yourself in Original Posts?

The most dominant thought that I have had about the resolution is that cohesion and reconciliation can only be realized through acceptance and forgiveness. Cronyism still play a dominant role in the Cambodia genocide trials as cronies still come to protect the kharmer rouge army men (McDonnell, &, Moses, 2005).

What thoughts do you have about the resolution or prospects for resolution of similar (though necessarily so extreme or violent) social conflicts in the US?

Social conflicts such as racism is still prevalent in the US, therefore to prevent social crises in America, there is need for people to learn the importance and benefits of diversity, and acceptance. People have often been radicalized in most modern societies. Therefore, the first solution is to teach people about acceptance (Weitz, 2003).

It is sometimes tempting to think of international conflicts (or conflicts that occur in settings outside the US) as somehow more important or more dangerous than social conflicts within the US like those we have surveyed so far. What do you think of this perspective?

Even in the international conflicts, the colonial dynamics still emerge main basis for most social problems for example; the radicalization of identity politics in America is still rife. Racism which is mainly characters by dissimilar reaction in racism driven war, politics and sociopolitical movements still indicate that people are still more inclined towards race agenda. If radicalization of identity in America is not stopped, America may be headed for sociopolitical driven issues. Social crisis has been a major cause of otherization in America just like it is in the other societies.


Weitz, D, (2003). A century of genocide: utopias of race and nation, Princeton, Oxford,

Princeton University Press, 2003

McDonnell A, &, Moses D. (2005).  Raphael Lemkin as historian of genocide in the

           Americas, Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 7. No. 4.