“The truth is a hard thing to articulate, let alone take responsibility for. Though we have good reason to decry the torturers’ failure to speak to the truth, the temptation to omit and obfuscate the unpalatable preys on us all. Who among us has not been tricked by his own memory or perception? In court, not even victims speak ‘nothing but the truth.’ No one ever speaks ‘nothing but the truth.’”
So says Thierry Cruvellier in his book, “The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer,” a depiction of Kaing Guek Eav—better known by the alias Duch—and a gripping account of Duch’s 2009 trial.