Youk Chhang, a Survivor of the Killing Fields

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The War between “Invincible” Justice and the Devil’s Arrogation

Imagine when you see someone drop their wallet. Would you tell him/her that he/she dropped it? One day, I witnessed a burglar who snatched a purse from drunken woman lying on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, everyone was indifferent to this situation because they did not have “courage” to cope with the decision. People who have courage remind me of a hero like Spiderman. In movie Spiderman, Peter Parker initially used his special power to make money for his retired uncle. However, after he witnessed his uncle’s death, he decided to use his power for protecting civilians in New York. Heroes do something special that ordinary people cannot do. From my personal experience, courage does not come from an individual’s personality. It comes from experience. One person who fits this definition in this definition is a moral hero in Cambodia: Youk Chhang.

During the mid-20th century, humanity faced communism and totalitarianism as they were used by the Nazis and the Soviet Union. The Nazis and the Soviet Union initially invaded Poland. Their atrocities lasted for 15 years, using violence oppressing European and Asian countries. Several years later, an Oriental “Hitler” called Pol Pot established a new communist government in Cambodia. Before Pol Pot established his new government, the Khmer Republic was divided internally and the Cambodian Civil War occurred for four years. Outside of Cambodia, United States withdrew the army from Vietnam; this weakened Nol Lol, the pro-American government in Cambodia. In fact, Pol Pot fished in the trouble water as he took the asylum of Cambodia at this time. He attempted applying Communism extreme and violent ways. For example, the Khmer Rouge arrested civilians who were suspected of direct relationship with foreign governments in order to prevent the interventions if powerful nations such as the U.S. Then, the Khmer Rouge committed the Killing Field...
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