Philip Short

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare



Mr. Short's book describes very well the general picture/scenery of Cambodia's history. Pol Pot is described rather as an important piece in the whole story rather than the subject itself, the story of his country, in which he played such a nightmarish role. It's horror just to think such a despicable person, a murderer of this calibre can walk free around and rule the lives and deaths of millions of people.

The author is trustworthy and objective in his analysis, calm and non-prejudiced by previous accounts. It's a solid and reliable narrative, an honest and well-written book for the layman as well as for the expert. The one outthought that comes from this sort of reading is: How many people have we in the US, in Spain, who are just as evil as this man, and -luckily- are not in position to do as much harm? Yes, maybe some may be politicians, piqueteros de sindicatos... but still, one has to feel relieved.

The only shortcoming, I would say, is the shortage of photographs, maps, etc., to support the narrative.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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