My dear Kacvey,

A few hours ago, this title from AFP flashed throughout the world: “Hun Sen declares oil extraction a ‘failure’ for Cambodia”

No comments are needed to steer your discussions on the topics between you and your students. Suffice to show the thread of history to tell how the weak strongman has gone from victory to failure:

– Phnom Penh Post: Cambodia extracts ‘first drop of oil’, marking start of production
– SCMP: Cambodia begins first crude oil production in joint venture with Singapore’s KrisEnergy
– Bangkok Post: Cambodia’s Hun Sen hails extraction of country’s ‘first drop of oil’
– Reuters: Cambodia starts first crude oil production after years of delays
– Nikkei Asia: Cambodia pumps its first oil in win for embattled KrisEnergy
– Radio Free Asia: Cambodia Celebrates First Drop of Offshore Oil Despite Major Petroleum Setback
– Phnom Penh Post: Ministers celebrate first oil drops at win-win monument

Jean de la Fontaine taught us about not to celebrate too early when he said: “Never sell the bear’s skin before one has killed the beast.”

Today, the weak strongman admitted: “On Dec 29, we announced the first drop of oil – perhaps now it is a failure”

After 36 years of autocracy, he has signed “failure” as his legacy.