One of the bad parts of THE KILLING FIELDS is the use of IMAGINE. After all, the lyrics described much of what the Khymer Rouge professed to believe. The other sorry bit in the film was poor ole Sidney wondering if the costly bombing campaign caused the Khymer Rouge to go into such madness.
If Lennon had lived longer he would have turned against IMAGINE as he had already turned against “Benefit Concerts” as rip offs. Lennon had already become pro-police and donated to the NYPD for bullet-proof vests.
I do like, though, when the photographer gives him what-for in the bathroom between the maudlin Puccini bombing sequence and the saccharine Imagine reunion ending.
I've thought that for a long time as well... I doubt Lennon intended it that way, but some of the lyrics of that awful song sounded like a Khmer Rouge handbook.