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Monday, August 09, 2004


I might be off on this, but I've got yet another question about Kerry's 1968 Christmas recollection, this one about his being "shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians": Were the Khmer Rouge shooting at Christmas-time 1968? Or is this another figment of Kerry's imagination?

All I can find out with my Googling is that the Khmer Rougebegan a large-scale insurgency against government forces in 1970. This link reports a five-year civil war ending on April 17, 1975. And this link refers to "a revolution (that began) in 1970...".

1970 isn't 1968. So, anybody out there with more history under their belt able to shed some light on this? Was the Khmer Rouge engaged in hostile activities when Kerry says they were? Whether they were fighting against the US or not, if they were fighting then it's conceivable that Kerry could have been dodging their bullets. If so, I stand corrected. On the other hand, if they weren't, then we could just add this to the list....