I really enjoy your "Ten Years Ago - Extracts From The Phnom Penh Post"
features. Most seem so relevant to some of today's circumstances and conditions in
Cambodia. On two different occasions I had nearly completed the articles before coming
to a 'questionable' section and then perusing the article for a date in text body.
Reading the articles also help me in better understanding some of Cambodia's more
talked about "history", which seems to still be continuing in some of the
political areas of events taking place there today.
As I strive to better understand Cambodia's history, I often initiate discussions
with friends from that country, now living here in Alaska, trying to comprehend how
acts of genocide are able to take shape and are carried out (as with Pol Pot, Rwanda,
Sudan, etc) and wonder if we here in America will ever face such a day.
Oftentimes, when I am having discussions with my Cambodian and/or Cambodian-American
friends, I find that I am constantly asking them to support information provided
me, with reference to the January 2003 "riot rumors" that proved so costly
to the country.
As they too ask me for my source(s) of "authoritative information" to support
my position (or contradiction) I find that I have called on the resources of the
Phnom Penh Post many times to help clarify or support a position taken or comment
made. I congratulate you on your clear, concise and timely coverage of the many relevant
issues taking place in Cambodia.
I look forward to returning to Cambodia with hopes of remaining there for a prolonged
period of time as I truly miss the people, weather and the friendships fostered (and
maintained) during my previous visits.
Leroy Williams - Anchorage, Alaska