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Very interesting parallels

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:37 am
by rubberbaron
Deja vu but possibly also with a bad outcome like at that time? The other day in the CD - interesting analysis.
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/weekend1/ ... or-118086/

Re: Very interesting parallels

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:16 pm
by Duncan
One thing for sure, even when we know our past history we learn very little from it, and the mistakes we made in the past, will be the same mistakes we make in the future.

Re: Very interesting parallels

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:57 pm
by boozyoldman
This is probably the best short summary of Cambodia's recent past which is easily accessible.

That Sihanouk was a mean, capricious and cruel despot is beyond dispute; for various reasons, the
current regime has chosen to airbrush most of the more distressing episodes of Sihanouk's years of power
out of existence and to represent the Sihanouk era as a lost golden age. In any case, those Cambodians who
have an adult memory of the years before 1970 are now in their sixties.

According to some writers, Sihanouk was still in his 'chaud lapin' phase when he encountered the
lovely and enchanting Monique Izzi at a fashion show or beauty pageant (accounts vary.)
Startled by his ill-disguised intentions, Monique fled to the bosom of her mama only to be sternly
ordered back to Chamkar Mon to do her duty and rescue the family from the genteel poverty into
which it had sunk in the years since Monique's father was killed in the World War.

Suffice it to say that Monique, a Eurasian and a commoner, triumphed over all her rivals and the
serene matronly countenance of the Queen Mother is now to be seen wherever one looks.

Re: Very interesting parallels

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:12 pm
by Bitte_Kein_Lexus
Very good piece. Nothing really new, but a good summary and draws nice historical parallels.