It was very nice to see your esteemed newspaper publishing our King's point of
view on his possible abdication and his possible choice for a successor to the Throne.
I would like to say how wise His Majesty the King is in declining to support his
younger son Prince Sihamoni to succeed to the Throne, because a powerless young King
will encourage strong military persons to grab this opportunity to institute a shogun-style
of government, given that our National Assembly is merely a rubber-stamping institution.
Oriental history has shown that the shogun will always make the king of a powerless
royal house dance to the tune that the shogun wants. I hope this will not happen
again to our beloved Royal Kingdom of Cambodia, where foreign shoguns have already
forced our kings to dance during the last century.
- Veak Rin Van