My dear Kacvey,

How was your first 10-day of the Year of Hanumaan?
Guess that you are back to your regular routine métro-boulot-métro-dodo and watching the fight between majority and minority dueling each other at a distance, by remote control and by FB. Or in other words, a simulacrum of fight of words and rhetoric lacking both intellect and brain.

Go on dastard and craven duelists, if your arms are long enough to reach the City of Lights and the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk! If you make a fool of yourself, who cares!

But Kacvey, while you were enjoying the Year of Hanumaan festivities, you still kept an eye on the news about the misadventure and blunder of the dauphin in CA, WA and MA. You can’t help but wonder how on earth a person who was appointed by his own father as a big honcho on intelligence could not read and understand the meaning of the protests that were publicly announced and without a hint of secrecy.

What do you expect from a non-intelligent dealing with intelligence? You know the rest of the sad saga: the process-server in Long Beach, the Lovell City Council resolution, the crying baby interview with VOA, Canada (*) … One reaps what one had sown!

Kacvey, hope your students on Political Strategies are more familiar with Sunzi’s “The Art of War” (孙子兵法) and Machiavelli’s “The Prince” than the intelligence hotshot.

Let look at the other side of the coin that seems to contain intrigue and machination; since no facts have surfaced yet, how about sounding out a few questions as a matter of inquisitive and unusual interest:
– Why the “father” has been so far so silent? He wasn’t silent about Paris and Rancho Mirage, was he?
– Did the “father” set up a test for his dauphin? If so, the dauphin flunks it miserably.
– Did both the “father” and the dauphin underestimate the intelligence and the determination of Khmer-Americans? If so, both father and son get an “F.”
– Did the “father” and the dauphin think that FREEDOM in the US is an empty notion? If so, another “F.”
– Did the “father” set up a trap that escapes the radar of the dauphin’s intelligence? If so, the “father” must have a parallel “super intelligence” outfit in his sleeves.
– Is the “father” having a second thought about the dauphin? The jury is still out on that, but learning from the history of the tyrant Pisistratus, Epimenides wrote to Solon that:”…I do not expect that his power (Pisistratus’s) will be continued to his children…”

5 centuries later, Tacitus added: “Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.”


(*) Updated on Sunday 24 April 2016 to include Canada.
Updated on 4 November 2016:
The Phnom Penh Post
Shaun Turton: Analysis: Father’s shadow long for Hun Manet