The editor regrets errors in publishing the analysis piece "Snatching Defeat
from the Jaws of Victory" by Brad Adams in the January 22-February 4, 1999 issue.
The Post mistakenly published an earlier draft of the article instead of the final
draft submitted by Adams for publication.
Unfortunately, the differences in the two pieces are too numerous to enumerate here,
and the piece was too long to reprint in this issue.
One difference was in the title, which should have been in the form of a question:
"Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?"
Another example is in the final paragraph which Adams intended to publish but which
ëIf a tribunal ever indicts any of Pailin's residents and the Cambodian authorities
attempt to act on an arrest warrant, it will be more difficult than ever to carry
out an arrest. That the famous chess player from Takhmao could have let himself be
maneuvered into this position seems incredible.
Now it is his responsibility to find a way out. Otherwise, King Sihanouk's suggestion
after the amnesty of Ieng Sary in 1996 that the co-prime ministers had "saved
the Khmer Rouge from a certain death" could turn out to be Hun Sen's most lasting
For Cambodians the price of this mistake may be to lose out on the last chance to
see their tormentors finally held accountable for their grisly deeds and to prove
to the world and themselves that there is room enough in Cambodia for both justice
The Post regrets any misunderstandings caused by this unintentional editing error.