June 27, 2011
BBC World Service
Claire here with the 12/1300gmt edition of Newshour. We're looking in detail at the big trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia. We'll hear from a victim of the regime and from someone who's befriended one of the defendents. Will this trial, described as a "second Nuremberg" answer crucial questions about why the Khmer Rouge did what they did - killing millions in their radical push for agrarian reform.
Phyllis Carter Like the old Nazis, tyrants and monsters walk free and enjoy life for decades until the authorities get around to bringing them in. Then their lawyers, aided and abetted by "the law", find loopholes to delay and defer and stall, so that the killers die of old age before they feel the wrath of the victims' souls and the agony of the victims' kin. And then there are always people who say, "That was so long ago. They are old men now. Just forget it." Or "The Lord taught us to love our enemies and to forgive them." And so criminals - of all kinds - are thriving all over the world. Is it any wonder revolutions are boiling up all over the world?
THERE CAN BE NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE