I turned 46 this year. I feel like I have lived a life time already, especially during
the KR reign of terror. So when the UN and Cambodia were discussing the prospect
of a possible KR Tribunal, I thought that I have got to live to see this day happen.
You see, I never really thought this day would ever come and my dream of some sense
of justice would never, ever come through as I had hoped for. It just did.
After some three decades of dreaming, of hoping, and waiting, five senior KR leaders
have been arrested and are now sitting pretty in ECCC's jail--waiting for their special
day in court. It is, as they say, "better late than never" as these aging
KR are on their last legs on this earth. They have always felt God-like invincible
and untouchable-until now.
It is laughable that these very same people are now asking for us to respect their
"human rights" and to be treated fairly, like a human being. They wanted
and asked for the "get out of jail free card."
After they have thrashed every basic human right in the book and a hell of a lot
more, and some 30 years of living freely, they still do not recognize or remotely
understand the scope of their individual and collective actions. The dead and/or
the suffering of millions of innocent people, as they claimed, are not their fault.
I still vividly remember the pains these KR leaders have caused me personally. Needless
to say, they did not have to pull the trigger or smash my head with their own hands
for effect. The end result of their henchmen's handy work, however, is still devastating
to me personally. They still got my blood and that of my dead family members' on
their respective dirty hands. And I am not alone in this. As a survivor, literally,
of these KR leaders failed experiment, I can only hope that the court will give them
a fair trail-even if they
don't deserve such special treatment to begin with. They are, in
fact, still "innocent until proven guilty in the court of law," which
should not be very hard to figure out. Finally, I can now close my eyes at night
knowing that these monsters can't simply get away from the long arms of the law in
the end, no matter how long it takes. May their own fate dictate a just punishment
(in this life and the next life) simply because they are already guilty in my book.
Let them live to be 100.
Ronnie Yimsut, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA