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Getting back at Hun Sen

Yesterday Thailand recalled its ambassador to Cambodia, following Hun Sen’s appointment of Thaksin as economic and personal advisor. At first the govt said it was not important, but then the hell broke loose. There were a string of press-conferences and media scramble to get reactions from as many quarters as possible.

The situation is volatile, with the not so remote possibility of fresh riots in Phnom Penh, torching Thai embassy and Thai businesses once again. No one knows what goes on those Cambodian heads, even the best and the brightest there seem to be out of sync with reality and civilized world, judging by the latest official letter sent to The Nation.

Anyway, Abhisit had driven home the point that Hun Sen should separate his personal ties with Thaksin and relationships with the neighboring country. So far there’s no way to see any solid reasoning behind Hun Sen’s moves – what is he trying to achieve? Does he really see any future in allying his country with Thaksin? Is he hoping that Thaksin would come back to power one day?

All I can see is just an escalation in his general campaign against Thailand, as if he fell victim to his own nationalistic rhetorics. The power has gone into his head and he’s losing it.


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