"You must know that the peace factor came from Ieng Sary, but the war factor
can also come from Ieng Sary." This was a quote by PM Hun Sen in the recent
Associated Press article.
The Cambodian PM has been predicting or hinted of war should the call to prosecute
Mr. Ieng Sary become a reality. War cry in Cambodia is always easier, but the call
for "real peace and justice" is much more elusive. Needless to say, Cambodia
has had many wars already, some were large scale and others were small, but all of
them were wars. IF PM Hun Sen and Mr. Ieng Sary are truly peace lovers and reconcilers,
as they had proclaimed, war should be a remote possibility and the least of Khmer
The Khmer people and the rest of the free world are wondering if the Cambodian
PM and Mr. Ieng Sary have already planned something ahead of the proposed tribunal?
Perhaps there is already an agreement between the two leaders? Perhaps an understanding
of some sort? Or perhaps it was just a threat? Whatever the motive might be, only
PM Hun Sen and Mr. Ieng Sary can answer these questions.
As a Khmer who has suffered greatly under many years of war and under the Khmer
Rouge regime (a regime which Mr. Ieng Sary and PM Hun Sen were a part of), I urge
the two leaders to give "real peace and justice" a chance. Only then shall
true peace and reconciliation among the Khmer people follow. I do not just say this
on my behalf alone. Rather, I speak for millions of lives that have been cut short
by war and by the Khmer Rouge. Among the dead are nine of my immediate family members.
I wish for no vengeance (it is much easier to get a revenge, I believe). I simply
wish for the truth, for some justice, as the KR can never pay for their heinous crimes.
In this sense, the KR leaders, former or otherwise, have absolutely nothing to hide
from a tribunal, except hiding from the truth. Anything less would be a great travesty
of justice for the Khmer people. It would amount to a "moral war" against
the Khmer people and against humanity as a whole. Please give justice a chance, If
these so called "Khmer leaders" really believe in peace and reconciliation.
End the sense of impunity now or without a doubt history will be repeated.
- Ronnie Yimsut, [email protected]