T he recent visit of Ieng Sary to Phnom Penh, reportedly at the invitation of Samdech
Hun Sen, is really a slap in the face to those who survived the Killing Fields regime.
The notion that one of the top leaders of People's Democratic Kampuchea, a man who
was part of a team that killed millions, can return and open a political office in
the Kingdom's capital with relative ease is an insult to all Khmer, including our
Cambodia has not changed for the better. The "Gecko" column of the PP Post
November 7-20 issue summarized Cambodia's recent history best: "Pol Pot didn't
do it. Ieng Sary didn't do it. Khieu Samphan didn't do it. Ta Mok didn't do it."
In short, these mass murder suspects' "conscience is clear." They did not
know anything about the killing of millions under their reign in the 70s. They have
no responsibility whatsoever, absolutely nothing! Nothing ever happened, except some
minor "mistakes" that should be "forgotten." Nothing to be sorry
about. Forget the past. What has been done is a done deal. Love thy enemies - even
if they rape and murder your mother. Forget it! The sad part is that some people
in Phnom Penh and elsewhere took it at face value, no questions asked.
Ever wonder why Mr Ieng Sary did not meet with the same warm reception as when Mr
Khieu Samphan did way back when he came to Phnom Penh? Please allow me to refresh
your memory. Mr Khieu Samphan was nearly hung by a mob of "angry people,"
remember? Mr Ieng Sary reportedly got an invitation from Samdech Hun Sen, whereas
Mr Khieu Samphan did not have one. That is the difference between the two men.
Welcome back home to Phnom Penh, comrade Ieng Sary! You are back among your old comrades
once again. Help yourself to a few more million Khmer lives while you are there.
The stage is yours. You have a license to kill now. This time do it right, comrade.
- Ranachith (Ronnie) Yimsut, (Seeking justice - not vengeance), United States.