I'm writing in response
to Dr Naranhkiri Tith's May 4 letter. I'm not a doctor, nor a
monarchist, nor a person smart enough to answer the doctor's
provocative question. However, my reply is based on my experience as a
If one accepts Sihanouk as a leader, it should
be considered that he has a vision of his own. And I'd say virtually
all leaders will claim they are right all the time. Why? Simply because
of their vision. The vision is intact, yet their strategies to realise
that may vary from time to time.
Let me take the example of
Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. Whatever he did was big
picture and for the nation's sake.
The same holds true with
Sihanouk. Although he was not right to change his position to support
the KR, the change was necessary then to make Cambodian people
independent from the US. What he expected of the KR was not the
genocide but an independent Cambodia, as he testified to with our
independence gained from France back in 1953. If he's been an ally to
Hun Sen, it's probably because it's the only way to stabilise the
country politically, and eventually, economically.
In a nutshell, it's not who is right, but what is right that matters.