Michael Paterniti


Michael Paterniti, author of the article “Never Forget” in GQ Magazine, discusses the Khmer Rouge’s four year reign of terror, Cambodia’s ongoing trials of Khmer regime crimes, the notoriously brutal S-21 death camp, the destruction of individuality including the banning of smiles in the Khmer Rouge’s anti-society and the U.S. bombing campaign in Cambodia initiated by Nixon.

MP3 here. (29:50)

Michael Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article “Driving Mr. Albert,” which was first published in Harper’s Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large.

5 thoughts on “Michael Paterniti”

  1. Chomsky has cited the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, to oust the Khmer Rouge, as one of history's very few examples of benign military intervention.

  2. That, and the Indian invasion of East Pakistan in 1971, which ended severe atrocities and led to the independence of Bangladesh.

  3. Oh, and in case anybody was wondering how to respond to those who portray the US invasion of Iraq that way, I always ask what made Iraq any different from South Africa or East Germany or the USSR or Romania or…

  4. this was a great interview. It should remind us of the futility of war. When the day comes when our government is not involved in foreign affairs, we will have to reckon with the consequences of our war machine.

    By all descriptions, what happened at Khmer Rouge is an atrocity, and one that needs to be discussed in the open air. Yet, that won't happen, except here on antiwar radio.

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