Chomsky and Herman have been trying to explain away that Nation article for over 42 years along with copious help from their anti-war progressive supporters, with limited success, maybe you can help them out a little bit.
#23 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2019-05-21 01:49 PM | REPLY | FLAG:
That is quite a mischaracterization. The initial criticism of the article you are referencing came from Marxists, incidentally. Regardless, the article was mainly a criticism of media coverage. It was in no way a defense of atrocities committed by any party.
This is the authors' conclusion from the article you referenced. You may want to read it sometime:
"We do not pretend to know where the truth lies amidst these sharply conflicting assessments; rather, we again want to emphasize some crucial points. What filters through to the American public is a seriously distorted version of the evidence available, emphasizing alleged Khmer Rouge atrocities and downplaying or ignoring the crucial U.S. role, direct and indirect, in the torment that Cambodia has suffered."
This was based upon information available in 1977.
That's really quite an "apology" for the Khmer Rouge.