Thursday, December 13, 2007
Reference: Leave Burma alone, Bangkok Post, December 13, 2007
Theodore Roosevelt spoke softly and carried a big stick but that luxury is not available to Hun Sen, a man who is supposedly the leader of a nation but who finds himself taking orders from donors because his government cannot function and his nation cannot survive without foreign aid. He does not have a stick. He compensates for that shortcoming by speaking as loudly as possible. Many of his utterances appear to be symptoms of insanity but are really the venting of his frustration of having to deal with an international community that carries the big stick of foreign aid and that stick so emboldens them that some puny United Nations bureaucrat can garner the audacity to call for the people of Cambodia to overthrow their government. I know of no country or government that would tolerate that kind of behavior.