The question nags, gruesomely: is the fate of the Cambodian people as dreadful as that of the Jews and gypsies in Europe? It isn’t a question one need finally answer; a modest distinction will hold us. The Jews and gypsies were victims of Nazi design, a planned total destruction, while the Cambodians have been destroyed “casually,” because they happened to stand in the way of both sides of the Vietnam war.
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