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Welcome back, Comrade Sary

The Editor,

T he recent visit of Ieng Sary to Phnom Penh, reportedly at the invitation of Samdech

Hun Sen, is really a slap in the face to those who survived the Killing Fields regime.

The notion that one of the top leaders of People's Democratic Kampuchea, a man who

was part of a team that killed millions, can return and open a political office in

the Kingdom's capital with relative ease is an insult to all Khmer, including our


Cambodia has not changed for the better. The "Gecko" column of the PP Post

November 7-20 issue summarized Cambodia's recent history best: "Pol Pot didn't

do it. Ieng Sary didn't do it. Khieu Samphan didn't do it. Ta Mok didn't do it."

In short, these mass murder suspects' "conscience is clear." They did not

know anything about the killing of millions under their reign in the 70s. They have

no responsibility whatsoever, absolutely nothing! Nothing ever happened, except some

minor "mistakes" that should be "forgotten." Nothing to be sorry

about. Forget the past. What has been done is a done deal. Love thy enemies - even

if they rape and murder your mother. Forget it! The sad part is that some people

in Phnom Penh and elsewhere took it at face value, no questions asked.

Ever wonder why Mr Ieng Sary did not meet with the same warm reception as when Mr

Khieu Samphan did way back when he came to Phnom Penh? Please allow me to refresh

your memory. Mr Khieu Samphan was nearly hung by a mob of "angry people,"

remember? Mr Ieng Sary reportedly got an invitation from Samdech Hun Sen, whereas

Mr Khieu Samphan did not have one. That is the difference between the two men.

Welcome back home to Phnom Penh, comrade Ieng Sary! You are back among your old comrades

once again. Help yourself to a few more million Khmer lives while you are there.

The stage is yours. You have a license to kill now. This time do it right, comrade.

- Ranachith (Ronnie) Yimsut, (Seeking justice - not vengeance), United States.



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