July 12, 2014

Trouble in the east - 'Mid-night annexations'

2014 - Svay Rieng farmer [pictured left] pleads for intervention over this border stake planted on his ancestral land and next to his father's grave.

"No doubt, these incidents will continue at any number of places on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border on some moonless night in the not too distant future."

The Editor,

Much of 1995 saw anniversary recollections of "the fall of Saigon", "the
betrayal of South Vietnam", "the end of the 'Vietnam' War", and so
on. Rarely is the abandonment of Laos and Cambodia mentioned. This is not surprising
considering the history of how Cambodia has been subjected to territorial amputation
at various times in the past, with Vietnam being the most covetous of Khmer land.
Therefore, the outcry being voiced over recent Vietnamese incursions is justified.
Unfortunately, there is little chance that the global community will react as it
did when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

We only have to go back to the end of World War II to verify the violation of Cambodia's
sovereignty and the apparent willingness to pander to Annam's desires. The legitimization
of the dismemberment of Cambodia was carried out, despite official protestations.
The victors in World War II turned a deaf ear to Cambodia's appeal for justice.
Witness Cochinchina. Cochin-china was, from the time of its inception, never anything
more than an attempt to create a "Hong Kong on the Mekong", first by Portugal,
then by the more determined French. The French predilection to seed the zone with
Chinese merchants and numbers of Vietnamese settlers was not without purpose. Neither
had the bond to the land that was characteristic recollection of this affront to
the Cambodian "Lic Tuk", could serve well as an instrument in the recruitment
of Cambodians and Khmer Krom by U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. After
all, the Khmer were fighting for their ancestral lands as much as they were fighting
the communist forces.

The Cochinchina colony/Republic, would prove to be a valuable focus of motivation
for Ho Chi Minh's propaganda machine. The old Nam-Viet objective of peninsular subjugation
was to continue, this time it would be carried out under the banner of revolution,
the Nam Tien, or southward movement" would hide behind a red flag with a gold

The whittling of Cambodia began in earnest during the decline of the Khmer Empire,
which included a perimeter confederation of tributaries in the north of the Southeast
Asian peninsula that served as outposts for the nuclear nation-state, which, over
time was known in succession as Funan, Chenla, and Angkor.

It would be the direct
descendants of the Yueh/Lac Viet meld who would hone the war-waging skills they utilized
to break from their Chinese relative overlords in the 1500's, who would in turn,
beginning with Le, formalize the Nam Viet scheme to eventually consume the Southeast
Asian peninsula. That quest would be sustained in an almost genetic-like continuity
over the years, albeit in the form of various guides of convenience and cunning.

On more than one occasion Cambodia has provided sanctuary to various refugees of
conflict in the region over the past several hundred years. Most notable among those
refugee groups were two in particular. One being Chams, the inhabitants of the former
Kingdom of Champa, an Islamic entity that occupied an area that was located in what
is approximately the middle-third of today's Vietnam. The fishing and merchants trades
supported the society that also had its own unique culture, whose ruins may still
be found on rare occasion today. It was Champa that would fall to the relentless
Vietnamese aggression in the late 1500's. Cambodia's Kompong Cham province, with
its significant Cham descendant population, stands as testimony to wholesale eviction
of a people.

Oddly enough, one other significant refugee group to be harbored by Cambodia was
the occasional flight of Vietnamese Christians. It was a recurring event in which
a Vietnamese ruler would attempt to suppress the religious inroads made by Portuguese
and French missionary programs. The Catholic minority was a regular target of purges
meant to dissuade potential converts.

Regional and global turbulence in the 20th century has seen Cambodia relegated to
the stature of a "victim" in Southeast Asia. Her molding as a French Protectorate
as interrupted in World War II when Japan swept across Indochina. Cambodia was at
that time being dictated to by two foreign powers at the same time by virtue of the
"working relationship" between Paris and Tokyo. After the war, France was
handed back the reins of power over Cambodia. A chance for Cambodia's reclamation
of her territory would have presented itself had the suggestion in a memo from the
U.S. State Department's Division of Far Eastern Affairs, dated 21 April 1945, been
made a reality. That memo proposed that Indochinese border and territorial issues
be dealt with by "an impartial international commission." No such commission
has been formed. For Cambodia's claims, the only thing approaching such a forum was
a series of orchestrated conferences in France in November and June of 1948. As expected,
Paris did in 1948 as it had done in 1856, 1870, 1883, 1904, 1914, and 1932... in
spite of documentary evidence, and the obvious wealth of cultural and archaeologically
historic evidence, the pandering to the Vietnamese by the French, Bao Dai in particular,
would continue. A U.S. wink was as good as an endorsement.

As the Vietnam War boiled up, Ho Chi Minh, the standard-bearer of the Indochinese
Communist Party, would take up the masquerade of claiming the Mekong River Delta.
His pledge to "unite the Nam Bo, a welding of Cochinchina and Annam, was indicative
of the centuries-old Nam Viet mind-set. In making that pledge, Ho not only committed
to expelling the French, and later the Americans, he would also be mounting a purge
of Khmers/ Cambodians and the other non-Communist minorities in the Delta, among
them being the Montagnards, Jarai, and Rhade.

The fact that the Delta was rightfully Cambodia's must have been given some consideration
by the U.S., not in such forthright language, but rather in a more inferentially-laden
diplo-speak, such as is often utilized when dealing with "hot-button" issues.

Early on in the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. awareness of Khmer/Cambodian
disdain for Vietnamese occupation of the Cochinchina area was evident. In April of
1945, State Department official G.H. Blakeslee prepared a memo intended for President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which such Khmer-Viet animosity was noted as one premise
for accepting France's continued quasi-governance of her former colonies. It was
thought that by doing so, France could regain some of her lost "face",
and therefore be more amicable in other global matters where French involvement would
be advantageous.

Further, in a somewhat prophetic statement in a telegram to Secretary of State George
C. Marshall (21 July 1947), U.S. Vice Consul in Hanoi, James L. O' Sullivan stated
that: an "independent Viet Nam, whether Soviet-oriented or not, and absence
of a protecting power (for Cambodia and Laos) such as French, could be expected to
resume encroachment upon Mekong Delta which was interrupted by French occupation
in 1860. Vietnamese "migration" to southern plains has gone on for ten
centuries and probably will continue".

And as thus predicted, after the abandonment of Cambodia and Laos in 1975 to the
communists, the Vietnamese hegemony would resume. The December 1978 invasion of Cambodia
was ostensibly for the purpose of "liberating" the population from the
tentacles of Pol Pot and the genocidal Khmer Rouge. It turned out to be something
more akin to a bamboo version of the Trojan horse tactic.

In a strange twist, the U.S. and others soon lent tacit support to a coalition army
and its handful of compliant Cambodian officials. As a member of the coalition, the
Khmer Rouge forces were, not surprisingly, the most effective against their former
communist allies. Allies that was, until 1974, when the communist Vietnamese cover
of unity with their Cambodian contemporaries began to thin and the age-old Nam-Viet
persona surfaced and laid bare the falsity of Ho chi Minh's Indochinese Communist

Not until the negotiations that led to the 1992 Paris Accords on the Cambodian "civil
war", did Vietnamese troops begin to roll back to the east to a Vietnam that
is, in the opinion of many, no more geographically legitimate now than it was at
the time of the so-called "unification" in 1975 when the U.S. withdrew
from the region.

Before Ho Chi Minh city was Saigon, it was Prey Nokor, the true name of the ancient
Khmer town. and to this day that name is used by the Khmer who live under oppression
of the Vietnamese regime. In their historical home in the Delta, Cambodians are discouraged
from speaking their native Khmer language, worshipping in customary fashion, and
forbidden from partaking in traditional festivals and rights of passage. No, today
the Khmers are not being bled of their cultural soul by a foreign authority in Hanoi.
It is perhaps a gradual "bleaching" form of ethnic-cleansing.

And as stark evidence that Vietnam, no matter what version of name it may adopt,
is still driven to consume its neighbors, the past three years have seen Cambodia
loose parcels of land to what is called "midnight annexations".

The tactic utilizes the well established diversion of first, filtering-in groups
of "farmers" into the targeted area of Cambodian territory just across
the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. As of late, the prime areas have been in Cambodia's
Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kompong Cham provinces.

Gradually, over a period of months, the area is expanded deeper into Cambodian territory.
Eventually, small military units are introduced and any existing border markers are
moved appropriately and the "annexation" is accomplished, most often under
the protection of darkness. The most recent and flagrant attempt at this practice
of acquisition occurred already this year (January 1996), resulting in a Cambodian
threat of military response and an official protest expressed by Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

The likelihood of Hanoi's response being anything more than a typical diplomatically-worded
statement regarding the numerous incidents, and a hollow call for "discussions",
is remote.

No doubt, these incidents will continue at any number of places on the Cambodian-Vietnamese
border on some moonless night in the not too distant future.

So, if anyone has the desire to write about a people truly "struggling to gain
sovereignty over their soil" and liberating their national soul" .....
it is Cambodia they should look to. Cambodia deserves what is rightfully hers.

- Jim Yost, Texas, USA.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Jim Yost understood the Cambodian people problems more than AH HUN SEN Vietcong slave dictator. For 30 years, AH HUN SEN Vietcong slave dictator can't and will not understand of how serious the border conflict from Cambodian people perspective regarding Vietnam naked aggression. Now AH HUN SEN has the chance to understand an outsider perspective on the Cambodia-Vietnam border conflict such as Mr.Jim Yost...

Anonymous said...

Khmer need to armed his citizens along the border with shitnam; if not this type of encroachment will continue until there's no Cambodia.

In dealing with these savage youns, Khmer must be decisive and proactive.

Just look how these savaged treated animals be for they consumed them.

We CAN NOT expect too much from these youns and therefore, all Khmer, especially the ones conducted daily activities have to be extremely vigilant.

Until then; here's a plate of dog shit for all the savage youns.

STUPID youn...

Anonymous said...

Mentally ill drugunzet asks:

"I don't see any grave in the picture. Do I miss something here?"

I don't see it either in the picture. BUT, just because I don't see the picture of your asshole in here, it doesn't mean it's nonexistent.

Anonymous said...

Jim Yost is truly a scholar. I don't believe he reads two- thousand books.

But what he displays in here is scholarly. Thank you Mr. Yost for your kindness and effort in helping others.

Anonymous said...

Ah Kbot Cheat Hun Sen,

Can you open your stinky mouth about the border's issues with your master Ah kantorb ??

Lmorm Heuy Ah Kwack, you have closed mouth long enough about Ah Kantorb.

Anonymous said...

This article has clearly shown that Vietnamese are savage species. The Viets claim to be "peace-loving" people but they purge other people that do not look like them. It's called ethnic-cleansing. Even the Viets admit that they hate "dark" skin people.

It also shows that Viets had no land to begin with. Ho Chi Minh, the mastermind of the genocide in the 20th century, began his campaign to eliminate Cambodians from the planet Earth using dirty tricks. His offspring continued to eliminate Cambodian people using laughable tactics such as the K5 Plan.

Anonymous said...

Now the Viets claim that Prey Norkor had always been Vietnamese property long, long, long time, since the Earth was born.

That leads to a logical conclusion that Vietnam belongs to China, including the Paracel Island and all waters claimed by China are legitimate.

Therefore, there is no good reason for Vietnamese to cry or protest against what is rightfully China's property.

Anonymous said...

2:02 PM

Although Dictator & Traitor Hun Sen is dumb, he still knows enough that if and when he stops serving Hanoi's interests his power and wealth are terminated.

To keep putting out the fires are wasteful and useless, hit the Hanoi arsonist directly.

Anonymous said...

9:39 PM Dumb Drgunzet

Read some more thousand books to come up with better lies !

Anonymous said...

Mentally ill drugunzet said:

"If you did not work on the land, nor defend it, you don't really have any control or a say over the land."

Mongolia has a vast land with low population. Why don't you Viets go there and work on the land? Then you will have a say over that land.

If you need a teacher, find a five-year-old on the street and politely ask him to be your teacher. But you have to be nice to him though.

Say this to him, "May you be my teacher? I'm old and worthless, valueless. I need a teacher."

Anonymous said...

Mentally ill drugunzet said:

"They did not inhabit the Mekong delta because this area had no stone to build temple."

Previously he said the Khmers should build the empire on the Mekong delta instead of north of Tonle Sap. When he was badly challenged, he did not respond.

Now he's agreeing with that challenge that the Mekong delta did not have stone to build temple.

It's quite embarrassing to have read two thousand books and come up with shallowness.

Anonymous said...

of course, cambodia have legitimate rights not to trust vietnam or youn when it comes to border lines. that's how cambodia lost the mekong river delta, koh tral island, etc. for cambodia, vietnam is a neighbor neighbor with more population, therefore, cannot be trusted with proper verification, etc when it comes to border demarcation, etc. yes, vietnam or youn have a history of stealing from cambodia. the world should know this! and the idea that cambodia is smaller than its neighbors or whatever shouldn't be an excuse for these neighbors to steal lands, temples, islands, etc from cambodia. what is cambodia should stay cambodia! don't try to fabricate history and lie because cambodia and scholars know vietnam will lie if they can! don't let them lie to the world!

Anonymous said...

Mentally ill drugunzet comes up with nonsense after nonsense to justify his mental illness in support of his Viets' barbarism.

"The reasons for Khmer empire's down-fall were:
1. Building the huge stone temple, Angkor Wat on the slave labor and vassal's tributes. This caused the seeds of resentment, revolts.
2. Complicated water work in

Angkor Thom to support a huge population. Once the Thai destroyed this complicated water work, the Khmer population could not recovered. If Khmer empire instead built in the Mekong delta, the fertile farm land would not need any complicated water work. It's harder to destroy the farm land."

Of all the ancient empires we know through history, none exists today. The Mongol Empire collapsed and they didn't build "Angkor Wat."

Better yet, the mighty "Soviet Empire" collapsed towards the end of the 20th century and this empire did not build "Angkor Wat."

Separate countries became independent. Let's hope that one day all the 50+ indigenous groups in "Vietnam" will rise up and form their own countries against the viets' barbarism and evil sins.

Anonymous said...

Mentally ill drugunzet googled and found that the high concentration of the dirty viet people is near the Cambodian border. Therefore, he concluded that the Khmers moved their capital to Phnom Penh to be near "Vietnam" for Vietnam's protection against the Thais.

And he calls himself "superior."

What a loser.

Anonymous said...

If you try to reason with Drgunzet…and Al, it’s like talking to a piece rock.
He gets paid to mess around and write negative and hostile comments on KI in order to provoke people. This is his full time job but none of us get paid to be here and that include the Admins.
So, the best way to deal against him is to ignore and indiscriminately delete all his comments.