I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a court case in which the defendant challenged the truthfulness of a witness against him by admitting to even more heinous crimes, but that’s what happened this week in the trial of Khmer Rouge jailer Kaing Guek Eav, or Comrade Duch. The Cambodian Nuremburg-type hearings continued this week with testimony from a few who claimed they were held at the S-21 prison in the late 1970s under Duch’s control, but he doubted them:
More than 14,000 people died at the S-21 prison. Eight people have now provided testimony of their detainment, although Duch has questioned whether all of them really spent time there, and one of the judges has raised some doubts….
Tuesday, another survivor, Lay Chan, said he had been detained at S-21 for two months in 1976 and interrogated twice before his release. Duch responded that nobody was released from S-21 and Lay could therefore not have been held there….
Wednesday the court heard from a female survivor, Chin Meth, 51, who described a routine of forced labor followed by beatings during a 15-day stay at S-21 in 1977.
However, Duch queried her recollection, too, although he said she could have been detained and interrogated elsewhere.
“The fact is that if she was transferred to S-21, she would be dead. She could not be let out,” Duch told the judges. “If people were transferred to S-21, they would be smashed.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?