My dear Kacvey,

Could you move around in the streets of the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk when those guys in battle dress, dark glasses and the siren of their SUVs blasting as if the town was on full alert as if to announce the 2nd arrival of the KRs similar to the one on 12 April 1975? BTW, are they allowed to wear those dark shades on a Monday and aren’t they afraid of being arrested by their own peers?

Were the operations on 26 May 2016 to arrest the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger or La Bande à Bonnot?

Kacvey, you may be right to argue that 26 May 2016 cannot be compared to 12 April 1975, but one fact remains as solid and unchanged as the stones of Bayon or Angkor Wat that those who, all dressed in black, entered the City of Tonlé Buon Mouk on that day still remain there as autocrats who practice the same rules of games used by the 2 guys still standing trial at the ECCC. You may also wonder what did Putin whistle to the ears of those ASEAN autocrats while so recently in Sochi.

The conventional press and the social media, both Khmer and international, have abundantly reported with photos of police agents armed to teeth and swinging their machine guns like in a badly made cops movie. The KRs brandished their AK-47, the agents of the ex-KRS machine guns or assault rifles: then and now, just to oppress or kill other Khmer who are not cut from the same moral and virtue tissues as them; they pride themselves of being the stronger among Khmer; they dignified themselves in the culture of wild violence; they advocated the application of laws that have never been tested outside the realm of the kangaroo courts that they set up to reinforce the sate of autocracy.

Did they impress you, Kacvey? Well, your silence speaks volume, because your mind is unsettled on 2 issues:

  • how Cambodia leaders beset by fears of insecurity and anxiety have so far made such a big deal out of a petty affair of household infidelity into a repression of freedom and civil liberty for the entire nation, and the incarceration of innocent people whose crime was to try to find the truth and to speak out against this entire mess and insanity?
  • why no investigation has ever been initiated to find out how the infidelity conversation was eavesdropped and broadcast on social media? and why the ex-KRs agents take what was in the social media as the only and sole incriminating evidence? do they have the knowledge and capabilities to find the truth by themselves? or don’t they want it?

The answers given by honest Khmer are simple: They have outsmart themselves in dirty political tricks; they cannot back out; they have to go further, blinder and blinder; the only option available to them is to do so is with a demonstration of extreme force, a promotion of all kinds of threat and a show of potential violence.

Kacvey, do you recall the time at primary school when kids had to learn by heart and recite “Les fables de La Fontaine”? Well, the saga of “infidelity/eavesdropping/trumped charges/arrest and incarceration of human rights workers/black Monday/unreasonable show of police force” may remind you of an Aesop’s fable, later on versified by La Fontaine: “Le Loup et l’Agneau”, or “The Wolf and the Lamb”, and in particular these lines:
— Comment l’aurais-je fait si je n’étais pas né?
Reprit l’Agneau; je tette encor ma mère.
— Si ce n’est toi, c’est donc ton frère.
— Je n’en ai point. — C’est donc quelqu’un des tiens;
Car vous ne m’épargnez guère,
Vous, vos bergers, et vos chiens.
On me l’a dit: il faut que je me venge.”
Là-dessus, au fond des forêts
Le Loup l’emporte, et puis le mange,
Sans une autre forme de procès.

and translated into English as:

“How could I do that? Why I’d not yet even come to be,”
Said the Lamb. “At my dam’s teat I still nurse.”
“If not you, then your brother. All the worse.”
“I don’t have one.” “Then it’s someone else in your clan,
For to me you’re all of you a curse:
You, your dogs, your shepherds to a man.
So I’ve been told; I have to pay you all back.”
With that, deep into the wood,
The Wolf dragged and ate his midday snack.
So trial and judgment stood.

The moral of the the fable is that “The tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny” and “The unjust will not listen to the reasoning of the innocent.”

Kacvey, your point on that doesn’t help solving the current crisis as the wolf “ate his midday snack” is well taken. Well, in Norse mythology, if the wolf was Fenrir, it would meet its fate with Odin’s son, Víðarr.