1. From 70-73, North Vietnamese forces and Khmer Rouge fought and won against US-supported Cambodians. Lon Nol's troops quickly fell apart from lack of supplies, lack of support, and lack of leadership. Before the Holocaust: The End of Cambodia 2. The weakness of Nixon due to the Watergate scandal allowed the Left-Wing Democrats to destroy any hope of either the United States living up to its commitments in South Vietnam, or of even allowing the aid that would have allowed the South to defend itself. Starting with the 1974 budget, they refused to allocate another penny, and forbade US military action in or over Indochina. 3. The record of Communist states massacring large numbers of their own people is well documented. Starting with the Soviet Union, which pioneered the terror-famine, mass deportations, concentration camps and mass executions, Stalin murdered up to 20 million. Under Mao Tse-Tung, an estimated 65 million Chinese were killed by execution, torture, and starvation. Vietnam, over a million. North Korea, about two million. Courtois, et.al., "The Black Book of Communism," p.4. 4. Yet, on this very day, in 1975, Anthony Lewis wrote this in the NYTimes: : Some will find the whole bloodbath debate unreal. What future possibility could be more terrible than the reality of what is happening in Cambodia now? (emphasis mine) Yes, the casualties were in the thousands, and, yes, the communists were winning, and we had agreed to the peace treaty. But for the left to claim that they had no idea what was going to happen.... I don't understand the liberal perspective. 5. Starting in April 75, the Communist Khmer Rouge defeated Lon Nol in Cambodia. Democrats, starting with the 1974 budget, refused to allocate another penny, and forbade US military action in or over Indochina. Just as the right had warned, the communists began a systematic war on the entire populations of their nation, so savage, it is hard to comprehend. It is estimated that the number of dead numbered between 1.7 to 2.5 million out of a population of around 8 million. The Killing Fields - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "What future possibility could be more terrible..."March 17, 1975.[/B] BTW, the Washington Post, pretty much the same:"The threatened 'bloodbath' is less ominous than a continuation of the current bloodletting." VISION & VALUES: Useful Idiots: Then and Now « The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College And the LATimes urged the cutoff of funds to the Lon Nol government "for the good of the suffering Cambodian people..."Peter Rodman, More Precious Than Peace: Fighting and Winning the Cold War in the Third World, p.186. Didn't they know? Shouldn't they have known?