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Bathing With Fish.

"In a case of Disneyland meets the killing fields, Cambodia's Ministry of Tourism is drawing up grandiose plans to upgrade the final stronghold of the Khmer Rouge into a million-dollar theme park.

The ministry's proposal, to be finalized by the end of this year, includes a full refurbishment of the top leader's houses and a museum complex complete with high-tech video displays on the inner workings of the Khmer Rouge.

Tour guides will be selected from among former members of the genocidal regime who are not currently awaiting trial for crimes against humanity. Each will undergo training in English and in how best to deal with foreign tourists.

"Only the Khmer Rouge themselves truly know what Pol Pot and Ta Mok were like to live with," said Thong Khon, Cambodia's secretary of state for tourism. "They can tell the true story of the genocide regime and how things worked inside."

Unrolling detailed maps and extolling the tourist potential, Thong Khon played down the dangers of visiting landmine-strewn, malaria-infested jungles still populated
International Herald Tribune ANGLONG VENG, Cambodia In a case of Disneyland meets the killing fields, Cambodia's Ministry of Tourism is drawing up grandiose plans to upgrade the final stronghold of the Khmer Rouge into a million-dollar theme park.

The ministry's proposal, to be finalized by the end of this year, includes a full refurbishment of the top leader's houses and a museum complex complete with high-tech video displays on the inner workings of the Khmer Rouge.

Tour guides will be selected from among former members of the genocidal regime who are not currently awaiting trial for crimes against humanity. Each will undergo training in English and in how best to deal with foreign tourists.

"Only the Khmer Rouge themselves truly know what Pol Pot and Ta Mok were like to live with," said Thong Khon, Cambodia's secretary of state for tourism. "They can tell the true story of the genocide regime and how things worked inside."

Unrolling detailed maps and extolling the tourist potential, Thong Khon played down the dangers of visiting landmine-strewn, malaria-infested jungles still populated."

this, people, is a strange and bizarre article. my favourite bit is this:

"A short walk down a path marked with minefield warnings is Pol Pot's swimming pool, an Olympic-sized but irregularly shaped rough concrete structure in which he enjoyed bathing amid live fish."

just because i think it's a beautiful image, really.

this story has popped up on a few sites, but i found it on diepunyhumans, which is also currently holding links to crime scene photos of decapitated heads, suicides, and whatnot. not my think that, but if it's yours...