The opposition to current Cambodia's ruling party continues to call for change. In its enlarged meeting of 12 May attended by some 200 supporters from several states of the US, and from Europe and Australia, activists of the Cambodian National Rescue Party, the CNRP which has been disbanded by the Cambodian government, called for a new step in their drive to gain power in Cambodia.

I'm at a loss to find a modifier to the word change they used at the meeting, whether it should be potent, bloody, radical, final, fatal, or just illusory and erratic, but principal activists of the CNRP opposition did call for direct bloody attacks against the ruling party, the CPP and against Cambodia's current prime minister HUN SEN.

It's scary for me. I am an American and if the American government chose to endorse this drive, it would be another costly and gross mistake for the US and a deluge of tears and blood for the Cambodians.

After further search, I've come up with the word pivotal, yes, like in pivotal change, for, until this date, the CNRP has conducted a peaceful campaign in spite of some of its protests and marches have turned violent, confrontational with security forces, and even deadly. Now this step which calls for the Cambodians to spill their blood to make the change, in addition to the CNRP call for boycotting the coming July election, makes it very difficult for the opposition to return to its former peaceful stance.

Eventually, it would force the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to increase its security forces and vigilance against the opposition, going as far as declaring the opposition a terrorist group and take appropriate measures against it. With any outside support and direction, the step taken last 12 May by the CNRP opposition could very well lead to a civil war in Cambodia.

I fought in the 1970-75 war in Cambodia, but I've lived in peace in America for the past forty years. I've often traveled to Cambodia to observe the life of the people there. I had done everything I reasonably could to remain relevant to the life of the Cambodians � including making it possible for 150,000 Cambodians to be admitted to the US as refugees in the late 70's and 80's. It's very difficult for me to accept a proposition of a renewed civil war in which the Cambodians would be shedding blood just to put someone else in power.

It's unimaginable for some of those Cambodian asylum seekers in the US to turn around and promote a new civil war in their homeland which, since the fall of Pol Pot, has moved forward and made an impressive change on its own. It's just sad, very sad, my friends, to wind up plotting a return to bloodbath after you have reached safety abroad.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press