As I mentioned to my Thai friends, it is unfortunate that the attack on the Thai
Embassy and business in Phnom Penh occurred recently.
The situation is a "lose-lose" for both Thailand and Cambodia. Cool heads,
by both sides, should prevail for "mutual benefits" between the two kingdoms.
The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Khmer people alone should take full responsibility
for this unfortunate incident. And the RGC sort of accepted its responsibility by
apologizing and showing the willingness to compensate Thailand for damages.
However, the RGC has not necessarily fully accepted its responsibility by actively
seeking "scapegoats". This in itself is also very unfortunate.
Thailand, for its part, should use common sense in dealing with Cambodia.
Cooler heads should prevail over senseless "emotional" reaction to the
unfortunate incident in Phnom Penh earlier.
As the old Khmer saying goes, "If a mad dog should bite you, you must not bite
it back or you would be just as mad."
A "win-win" policy is better than a "lose-lose" policy. Do allow
Cambodia to pay for its mistake with dignity and self respect, if Thailand consider
itself as a civilized neighbor.
After all is said and done, regardless, both kingdoms will have to live peacefully
with one another at the end of day. Move on.
- Ronnie Yimsut Oregon, USA