Were Pol Pot's actions a direct result of the Vietnam War?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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It is fair to say that Pol Pot's actions were a direct result of the Vietnam War. Pol Pot grew up in Cambodia. He studied at a Buddhist monastery for one year.  Eventually, he went to Paris for a college education.  While here, he was involved in communist activities.  When he returned to Cambodia in 1953, the whole region was revolting against the rule of France.  Pol Pot became a member of a pro-communist party called the Khmer People’s Revolutionary Party. He eventually joined forces with the Vietcong and emerged as a Cambodian Party chief.  His group launched an uprising that eventually led to his group, the Khmer Rouge, gaining control of the country.  The United States and South Vietnamese fought against Pol Pot and his group.  The invasion of Cambodia in 1970 was an attempt to remove the Khmer Rouge and its leaders and supporters from power.  This was unsuccessful. Pol Pot began to govern Cambodia. The government controlled all aspects of the people’s lives during his rule.  In some ways, his rule was brutal.  Many who opposed him were killed.  Thus, it is fair to say that Pol Pot’s actions from 1953-1976 were related to the events of the Vietnam War.

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