Friday, 11 July 2014

Coming of the Second 7 January

“We cannot allow them to block the road and we have to crack down on them. We have no choice.”

Major General Roth Srieng, commander of the Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police, 3 January 2014

"To enforce the law, authority [has] every right even to kill people."

University lecturer Bunkheang Cheng, 3 January 2014

"The small clash that happened this morning, we are very sorry, but what can we do for this?... It has been necessary. This violence has not come from our forces – from our police or our gendarmerie – it has come from… the radical protesters. "

Prum Sokha, a secretary of state at the Interior Ministry, 3 January 2014

«... ហើយ​ខ្ញុំ​សូម​ស្នើ​ឱ្យ​មាន​ការ​ប្រុង​ប្រយ័ត្ន​ចំពោះ​បាតដៃ​ទីបី»។​

CPP prime minister Hun Sen, 21 December 2013

Of course, they have no choice; of course, the clash is necessary; and of course, the authority has the right to kill to enforce the law. These sound familiar, don’t they? It is a Khmer Rouge mentality that they have no choice but to kill to enforce their law and stability. Cambodian life does not count much.

Nevertheless, Prom Sokha is not too sure who do the shooting. All he knows it is not the armed forces; he claims it is the radical protesters whom he is not identifying.

But Hun Sen does know. According to him, it is the third hand, though he does not say who it is.

Since no one is talking, what is then the probability that this third hand is the one who orders this deadly clash?

The third hand’s intervention has been so timely and effective. The first 7 January was executed only after a four year wait for the KR's self-destruction and internal weakening to take place before the third hand troops walked right in. Now, the second 7 January is coming up to mark another milestone of bringing the whole Cambodia into an even tighter grip of eternal friendship and gratitude. This time is to provoke upheavals that inevitably weakens and destroys whatever Cambodia has left, not that it has much left.

One would have to be very naive to think the Hun Sun recent trip to Vietnam has nothing to do with the work of the third hand. The shooting dead of four Cambodian workers is just an opening of gambit in the next, perhaps final, phase of the journey to the West that has to come to an end somewhere sometime. 

Ung Bun Ang

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