(Phnom Penh): I saw on the United States embassy facebook page in the the afternoon of August 23, 2017, publishing in both Khmer and English an article asking people: “Is Cambodia committed to democracy? You decide.”
We understand clearly the meaning of the insulting words “you decide.” Therefore, we wish to send a message to the US Embassy that the question and answer above message does not represent a diplomatic language which is generally characterized as respecting nation’s sovereignty and noninterfering position. Quite the opposite, your question and answer is indeed provocative.
The real question is: “Is the United States really coming to Cambodia to help or hinder the Khmer people?”
History has told our people so much story about US interventionist positions in Cambodia. It is for us still very painful and repercussion of your country’s action to Cambodia is being felt today by our people. Historians have agreed that US owes so much blood to the Cambodian people in the 1970s which contributed to the rise of the Khmer Rouge genocide. The United States was behind coup of Lon Nol and Sirik Matak against Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Subsequently, the US dropped more than 2.7 million tons of bombs on Cambodian territory, leaving more than 800,000 innocent Cambodians maimed and dead and warm families separated forever. We are left to wonder why is your “style” democracy bloody and brutal?
US military actions in other countries tend to bring out the worst in those countries. Cambodia experienced genocide because of American bombing leading to the death of three million people under the hands of Pol Pot. The same cases happened in Middle-eastern countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, etc. contributing to the creation and rise of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. My question to the public is: “What do you think the color of US democracy is? Suggested answer: It is dark, but you decide.”
We reiterate to the US embassy that Cambodia an independent and sovereign state upholding “constitutional monarchy” with the motto “nation, religion, king.”
Cambodians are well aware of what a democratic process means. You do not need to tell us what it is. Circumstances dictate different ways of how Cambodia’s politics works.
Democracy and the rule of law is indistinguishable. The rule of law is foundation of democracy and Cambodia is implementing it.
We wish to send a clear message again to the US Embassy that we defend our national sovereignty. We defend our constitution. We defend our King. We protect our legitimate government. We are committed to protecting Cambodia’s sacred peace. We do not allow the blood of Cambodians to flow and our development disrupted by incitement of foreigners. We do not want history to repeat itself such as the sinister of the 1970s in Cambodian territory.
We, the Cambodian People