My dear Kacvey,
How about re-pondering on a few thoughts that still have currency among contemporary Cambodians:
- The fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975 gave birth to a unified Vietnam with all the consequences that everybody knows up to today.
- The fall of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975 plunged Cambodia into the dark and tragic era of the Pol Pot and the KR regime. On 7 January 1979 the armed forces of (1), with a group of ex-KRs ousted the Pol Pot regime and installed the PRK with the same “group of ex-KRs” as leaders until today.
In other words,
(a) From 30 April 1975 to today, there are no more North Vietnam and South Vietnam. There is only “Vietnam.”
(b) From 17 April 1975 to today, the chain of history is as follows: Khmer Republic (Lon Nol) to Democratic Kampuchea (Pol Pot) to People’s Republic of Kampuchea (Pen Sovann) to State of Cambodia and to currently Kingdom of Cambodia.
During (b), how many millions of gallons of Khmer blood were spilled on the rice fields? How many hundreds of thousands of skulls were buried in the rice fields? How many millions of yards of Khmer family tissues were burned to ashes and never to come back? How many Khmer were destroyed/killed/murdered by other Khmer? Is the notion of “infamy” in Khmer blood?
The British poet Shelley, once, said:” Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: He only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.”
We all now know when and how this madness started, but do Khmer know when this madness should and will end?
When (1) sent in their troops to Cambodia and stayed until the time of UNTAC – some had left and returned to their country as a result of UNTAC – and others who constantly come to settle on land and on waterways after UNTAC, how many off-springs and off-off-springs do they have now? How much more debts do the ex-KRs who rule Cambodia have to pay to these people at the expense of the entire nation? How many more generations of Khmer will have to endure this humility?
Shouldn’t Khmer have any pride of being Khmer?