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Hot oil, salt and peppers

Hot oil, salt and peppers

The Editor,

I

t is absurdly confusing for anyone who is trying to understand the politics in

Cambodia. Case in point, the First Prime Minister, Prince Ranariddh who was once

a strong ally of the Khmer Rouge, has now stood firm, along with his father, the

King, against their return. Perhaps they have learned from their bitter past association

with the Khmer Rouge? However, the Second Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was once a

KR cadre himself, someone who has always been dead set against the Khmer Rouge return

in the past, has suddenly become essentially a KR advocate. It is of course all in

the name of "peace and reconciliation."

What do all these latest maneuvers mean? Pure Cambodian politic, of course. Both

leaders of Cambodia, along with King Sihanouk and many MPs, have been or are now

compromising their own principles simply in the name of "politics', while others

call it "peace and reconciliation."

In the name of "peace and reconciliation," the Royal Government of Cambodia

(RGC) is considering turning the other cheek to allow the Khmer Rouge leadership

to return to politics. We are talking about the very same mad group of people who

nearly destroyed Cambodia because of their ideology, or their insanity. We are talking

about the same old blood thirsty lunatics, a bunch of mad dogs, the scum of the earth.

We are talking about the very same serial killers whose responsibility wiped out

an estimated two million innocent Khmer men, women and children, including the unborn.

To deal with these animals, the RGC might as well become one of them.

Yet, I applaud the RGC for its willingness to have "peace and reconciliation"

in Cambodia, something every Khmer inside or outside of Cambodia wishes to see. As

a Khmer who survived and suffered a great deal during the KR years, someone who lost

nine out of twelve members in the family, I'm the first to want to see "peace

and reconciliation." But at what price? The cost of our pride, dignity and principles?

No! Thank you kindly! Has the RGC forgotten who the KR really are? What they stand

for? Forgive them is a difficult thing to do, but we must. However, the RGC should

never, ever forget the past! Never! Those who forget the past are surely doomed.

How could the RGC even consider allowing the KR, the most vicious of serial killers

and mass murderers, into politics while it is doing all it can to suppress legitimate

opposition parties, such as Sam Rainsy's Khmer Nation Party, for opening offices?

How more hypocritical can the RGC be? Personally, I would rather see Cambodia go

to war for the rest of my life or at least the life of the old lunatics, such as

Pol Pot, Ieng Sary, Ta Mok, Noun Chea, Khieu Samphan, Son Sen and so on rather than

allowing the KR into the political arena again. These top KR lunatics should have

a "fair trial" - not "fair access" to a political office or party.

Don't let them go in the name of "peace and reconciliation!" To do that

would be the biggest insult and greatest disgrace to the millions of dead Khmer whose

souls are still searching and screaming for justice. These top KR leadership, one

by one, should only have "fair access" to hot boiling oil in a big pan

for a few seconds, removed while they are still alive, encased in salt and red-hot

peppers for at least an hour before receiving limited medical attention.

Sure, you could call it revenge or whatever you want to, but I simply call it "redemption."

To kill or execute them, not that they don't deserve it, would be way too easy. No,

they must be brought to justice

- not political office! Not even in the name of "peace and reconciliation."

They are a bunch of cowards and killers, just like Adolph Hitler, who would probably

commit suicide rather than face their own actions and responsibilities of crimes

against humanity. To allow them into mainstream Cambodian politics again would be

a total disgrace for the RGC's principles and to all Khmer. No, the RGC has too much

pride, dignity and strength of principle to even consider such a move. Cambodia wants

and needs peace and reconciliation, but lets not compromise everything else in the

name of it. The RGC would have nothing left in the eyes of all Khmer (dead or alive)

and the world. Nothing!

- Ronnie Yimsut, Oregon, USA.

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