Comments from Cambodia on Thailand border clash
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Comments from Cambodia on Thailand border clash

The now annual Cambodia-Thai border clash has once again gained its highlight in global media outlets. While a lot has been written and reported on the recent fighting at the Cambodia-Thai border, I keep observing reactions and comments on both Facebook and Twitter to try to understand more of people’s perspectives, particularly those in Cambodia.

A long-time resident in Cambodia, Colombian blogger Albeiro Rodas, feels a certain authority to say something.

Key excerpts:

As Khmer is oldest in the Indochina Peninsula than Thailand, at least as a political state, it is like Cambodia is Greece and Thailand is Italy. Cambodia is first and it is impossible to deny it. Thailand has been built over the Cambodian territory, history and culture. It does not mean that Thailand is not authentic or it is an invader, but Thai people should recognize it not in humilitation, but in brotherly afection.

It is also necessary to study the history. Who and how somebody can deny that Cambodia has been reduced in its territory throughout the centuries? If a historian denies it, he would be inmediately a liar and not a scientist. Only politicians dare to do so and blind nationalists.

Cambodia comes from suffering and got a strong spirit. The Thai leaders should wake to lucidity, suspend any agression and sit down with their Khmer brothers, as they are, to build peace and common development for their peoples.


A Cambodian Buddhist monk flees fighting on the Cambodia-Thailand border. Pic: AP.

Some selected tweets, if not conversations:


There needs to be a hash tag for the border conflict, any ideas? #borderconflict ?


@ChrisInCambo #ridiculousthaiengineeredspat ?


@dickonverey @ChrisInCambo two-thumbs-up for that!


@ChrisBurkeShay have a more basic q: why is thailand so worked up over a hindu temple historically linked w/ the khmer empire? tourism $?


@cszabla One theory: it has to do with disputed offshore oil claims. Accepting the old French maps could mean Cambodia gets more oil.


@ChrisBurkeShay sounds like could be both. they’ve never accepted the 1962 ruling, but recent clashes likely product of red-yellow tension


@cszabla I think though it’s just a case of belligerent nationalism as a way to unify Thailand or at the very least the Yellow Shirts.