After five years of civil war, the Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Pen, the capital of Cambodia, on 17 April 1975 and soon set about creating their collective “tabula rasa”; wishing to do away with all vestiges of the past in order to build his socialism without a model, his new socialist world, Pol Pot set about clearing the cities and executing anyone suspected of being an intellectual. “Year Zero” had begun and up to a third of the Cambodian population were to perish in what was a hell on earth.
As many in Gaza face their own “hell on earth” my thoughts turn to “Year Zero”, the beginning of history, and it would seem that the Zionists have a remarkable ability to create their own “Year Zero”. There we are sitting in front of our television sets and we are brainwashed into believing that this is a conflict that began yesterday with the Hamas firing rockets at a poor defenceless Israeli civilian population; there was no “Nakba”, there was no ‘Shatila and Sabra’ there was and is no illegal occupation, and neither the bombing of a civilian population in the Lebanon nor the countless other crimes that have been perpetated by Israel ever happened; even the illegal blockade of Gaza, which preceded the bombing of the civilian population is forgotten.
Of course, should the “thinkers” among us require a little bit of background, then there he is, our Zionist, with chalk in hand ready to scribble a version of history and a “Weltanschauung” onto the slate, that is capable of competing with Pol Pot’s, “socialism without a model” in terms of chutzpah and nonsense.
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