Someone once said: "The best recipe for a successful cocktail party is 'Shake
The crowd at the Vietnamese National Day celebration got just that when First PM
Prince Norodom Ranariddh spent about 30 minutes explaining to a gaggle of diplomats
his thinking on the Ieng Sary/Khmer Rouge question. The Prince - who said Ieng Sary
would receive an amnesty by the King upon the recommendation of the two PMs (although
this would pain the PM's conscience severely), after which he could re-enter politics
and start a new party, and that this would help draw away Son Sen and Khieu Samphan
from the hard liners - summed up his view on the situation with the Khmer expression
Chol stung tam bot (When in Rome do as the Romans do).
The diplomats were all very polite and noted regularly that is was up to the Khmers
to find a Khmer solution to the problem. After the discussions were over, three raced
to the bar and ordered very stiff doubles. Quipped one envoy "If I'd been sitting
down, I would have fallen off my chair." Added another,"This is the legitimization
of genocide." Moaned a third, "He's thrown the whole problem in our laps.
Now what do we do?" Shake and stir!
** Brother Benny, prepare thyself. Your job is not done yet. One journalist who
recently parachuted in from France - and has obviously spent much time reading and
thinking deeply about the Khmer Rouge - knows that the solution to the problem is
really quite simple. He asked rethorically: "Well, if the Khmer Rouge are still
out in the jungle, then why doesn't the UN just organize something to go out there
and take care of them?"
** For all you people who didn't know what the PPP's last lead headline meant
and failed to get out your dictionary, gambit means: "Chess. an opening in which
the player seeks by sacrificing a pawn or piece to obtain some advantage." Don't
feel bad. The person who thought it up had to look for himself.
** Quote of the week from a civil servant: "My salary will still be the
same no matter who wins the elections. I'm tired of politics."
** The definition of irony: A government official drinking heavily and chain
smoking while complaining that too many cigarette and booze ads on TV were effecting
his kids and making them spend all their free time running around town while drinking
heavily and chain smoking.