Cambodia Should Be Careful About Relations With Burma
September 26, 2007, 9:55 am
Filed under: International Issues


Cambodia Should Be Careful About Relations With Burma

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh


nce upon a time, there lived a king in a kingdom. The king, as he is told in a Buddhist tale, had a very handsome horse that he loved so much. The king thought that he should get his horse trained with all the skills that it should deserve. So, he asked one of his palace officials to hire a trainer to train his horse.

Upon completion of the training, the trainer left for his home and gave the horse to the official to show to the king.

Wishing to amaze the king, the official ordered the horse to display all the skills it had learned. Unfortunately, the king was so upset to see that his handsome horse appeared abnormal, because the horse would limp when it walked, ran and galloped.

Out of suspicion, the king went to ask Buddha to explain the weird behavior of his horse. Buddha then told the king to call in the horse trainer.

No doubt, said Buddha, the weird behavior of the horse was due to his association with his trainer. Buddha explained that the reason the king’s horse began limping was because he had tried to imitate the crippled trainer.

Cambodia is no difference from the king’s horse. Its recent past shows that Cambodia had greatly suffered from its association with countries that had tried to indoctrinate it with poisonous ideology.

The Khmer Rouge caused the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians because of the ideology it had adapted from communist China.

After its association with communist Vietnam, Cambodia then became another isolated and impoverished communist country for more than 10 years.

The visit by the prime minister of Burma and Cambodia’s relationship with the Rangoon government like Cambodia’s relations with other communist and authoritarian states do not give Cambodia a good image as a democratic nation.

The Cambodian people consider the Burmese people their brothers and sisters. However, we do not support the military government of Burma, which is among the regimes with the worst record of human rights abuses.

Cambodia is not yet a very bad horse. But, the Cambodian horse can become bad, or even worse, like the case of the Khmer Rouge if it is not careful with its association with Burma’s authoritarian regime.


The Cambodia Daily

Tuesday, August 17, 2004


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