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I thought that the killing field in Seim Reap was bad until I made my way down to Phnom Penh. The one there is where over 17,000 people were killed after being tortured at the S-21 prison. The Khmer Rouge were some seriously bad people. What's really sad is that it was American involvement in Cambodia during the Vietnam War that eventually led to them taking power. They ruled for over three years until the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1979 and booted them from power. None of the Khmer Rouge have ever been punished for their crimes, Pol Pot ended up dying in his bed in 1998. The one bright spot in all of this is that Cambodia today is doing a lot better than they were only 30 years ago. They are on the right track and given another 20 years, they could be another Asian success story. I wish I could see more of the country, but I must be moving on. Next stop Vietnam, where I won't be playing Indiana Jones, but Crawford from the movie Platoon, it's all politics man, fuckin politics.