Khmer Rouge Commandant Apologizes

In Apologetic rhetoric on May 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Kaing Guek Eav, who was the commandant of a Khmer Rouge torture house, issued an apology in court for atrocities he committed, saying: “I would like to express my regret and heartfelt sorrow… My current plea is that I would like you to please leave an open window for me to seek forgiveness.”   

Put into perspective, this apology is extremely significant because it is the first major acknowledgment of the genocidal practices of the Khmer Rouge–including starvation and execution–that resulted in the deaths of over 20% of Cambodia’s population in the late 1970s.

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