Michael Vickery (PPP, April27, 2001) does a great disservice to a better understanding
of Cambodia's contemporary history by his constant and continuous attacks against
anyone who happens to have different views about today's Cambodia.
Vickery excels in accusing others of committing character assassination, an art he
has mastered over the years in the best Stalinist mould.
The attack on Peter Schier is spurious as well as ignorant. Peter was never a "propagandist
for FUNCINPEC". In fact, he was accused, mistakenly, by senior FUNCINPEC officials
of being a "CPP supporter". He was neither.
During his five years in Cambodia, Peter Schier made substantial contributions to
the reconstruction of Cambodia through his activities and advocacy in fields encompassing
civil society, human rights, government transparency and accountability, environment,
democracy development and the renewal of the Buddhist faith.
What has Michael Vickery done for the reconstruction of Cambodia? Apart fromconstantly
using the columns of the Phnom Penh Post (the same newspaper he despises!) to attack
those who do not support the corruption, the violations of human rights and the erosion
of democratic values so common in today's Cambodia.