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Traveling, I prefer to be on the ground, for that’s how you get an overview of the countryside. The bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh took more than seven hours, but that included 30 minutes for lunch, plus 45 more at the border. My seatmate was a young fellow, Morris, from Halle, Germany, and we had a fruitful, wide ranging conversation. For a moment, I had mistaken him for a woman, for he had a pony tail and such a smooth, unblemished face.

In 2016, I gave a talk at his university. Of Halle, I remember its imposing 16th century clock tower, other fine buildings that survived World War II bombing, an ugly promenade from Communist days, two Vietnamese restaurants, some Turkish eatery where I had doner kebab and an Ur-Krostitzer, many more African pedestrians than nearby Leipzig, an artsy neighborhood with striking murals and a budget store displaying its made-in-China clothing outside.

Morris had been outside Germany for 11 months, with three of those in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and most of the rest in China. In Guangdong, he took a university course in economics, but the Chinese lecturer’s English was so mangled, Morris understood almost nothing, “Still, it was worth it. I’ve learnt a lot just being in China.”

China is becoming a cashless society, Morris said, so everything is done with the smart phone, “Without it, many Chinese can’t function.” This means that people are entirely at the mercy of their government, I pointed out, and Morris agreed. If a citizen misbehaves, just deactivate his phone, and he won’t be able buy even a baozi.

“All governments will try to do this,” I laughed. “It is our future!”

“And I will suffer much longer than you!” Since he’s three decades younger.

Of his own country, Morris complained about the rise of the nationalist right, “They harass people, but Germany has long been a nation of immigrants. First, the Italians, Poles and Turks came, and now these people from the Middle East and Africa. They will all contribute to the economy.”

Despite the stereotype of the raging neo-Nazi, there is nowhere on earth where the national consciousness is weaker or more discredited than Holocaust-shamed Germany.

Exiting the country, many Vietnamese tipped the officer a buck to get their passport processed immediately, ahead of the thick stack next to him. They knew the ropes. Morris said of a woman in floral pajamas, straw hat with a polyester daisy, black scarf, white socks and plastic flip flops, “I don’t understand why she’s dressed like that.”

Borders are magical. From Juarez, one can see the El Paso skyline, and I remember seeing a mother and son walk to the border crossing, just to witness the streaming traffic, then they turned back, for they could not cross. With the erasure of borders in Europe, one can drive from, say, Spain into France, and hardly notices it, but that won’t last. A man, tribe or community can only define itself with borders.

Once I stood in Lao Cai, on Vietnam’s border with China. Hekouzhen was clearly visible across the Red River, but I couldn’t experience it. For an American, China charges $140 for a visa, and this can’t be applied online, much less at the border. By comparison, my Cambodian visa cost but $36, and approved within two hours, after I had uploaded my photo to complete the easy application. A hundred-and-sixty countries admit Americans either without a visa, or with one granted on arrival.

Morris, “There are many more foreigners in Vietnam. In China, you hardly see any outside the biggest cities. Foreigners only see Shanghai, Beijing and a few other places. If they take the train, they ride the fast, modern one, so only see the best stations, but there are local trains that only Chinese use, and the stations aren’t so nice.”

Morris likes to take photos, “At first, I wasn’t sure how to do it in China, but then people started taking pictures of me, so I snapped pictures of them! I don’t know, but for them, maybe it’s like, ‘Hey, I saw a white guy on the subway today!’”

Finally, we’re in Cambodia. Dusty Bavet’s main business is gambling, and so on both sides of the road were casinos, with most quite modest. Our Mekong Express Bus rolled past chintzy Bao Mai, Good Luck, Emperor, Roxy, Le Macau, Las Vegas Sun, King Krown, New World, Tan Hoang Bao and Titan King, etc. Interspersed among them were restaurants and eateries, mostly ramshackle.

Since Vietnam only has casinos for foreigners, Vietnamese must spill into Cambodia to empty their wallets. Each Bavet casino hires hustlers to recruit Vietnamese gamblers, in Vietnam even. For each sucker snagged, a hustler gets $10, and he can even smuggle someone across the border for $22. Hustlers and faux suckers have teamed up to divide the commissions.

Gamblers who run out of money can borrow from roving hustlers, but if they’re still broke at the end of the day, a high likelihood, they’ll be locked in a “dead room,” until cash is sent from home.

With its kitschy pseudo luxury and promise of instant wealth glossing over mass destitution, each casino is a Potemkin village, with its owner a master hustler, someone any sensible person should be super leery of, but there’s one nation so drugged and gullible, it has actually entrusted such a conman with its destiny. That entire nation is a smoke and mirrors, nonstop come-on Potemkin village, however, where all news are fake, and each public figure is an imposter. At this all-you-can’t-eat buffet, there is nothing but bullshit, where beneath each layer of bullshit are more cow pies, artfully presented, so the morbidly obese patrons keep lining up for more. Let them eat bullshit!

ORDER IT NOW

Outside Bavet, there is the preposterously named Manhattan Special Economic Zone. Most of the companies there are Taiwanese, making garments and electronics. Frequent strikes have broken out over wages and working conditions, and in 2012, the governor of Bavet shot into a crowd of strikers, hitting three women, two in the hand and one in the lung. Arrested only in 2015, Chhouk Bandith was given a draconian sentence of, ah, 18 months!

Crossing from Germany into Poland, I noticed the houses became shabbier, and I saw the same entering Cambodia from Vietnam. It was clear I was in a poorer country, and a dirtier one, too, with trash everywhere. Though Vietnamese also litter, they do sweep up, at least much more so than Cambodians. Later in Phnom Penh, I would see no more than a handful of public trash cans in a week, after walking for miles each day through various neighborhoods.

Houses on stilts, shopkeepers dozing on hammocks, a butcher sitting on a low stand surrounded by five forlorn pieces of meat, the Japanese flag on the commemorative plaque of several bridges, the word Angkor everywhere because it’s the name of a beer and grand, elaborate gates to temples with magnificent roofs.

Chiphu, Prasaut, Svay Rieng, Svay Chrum, Kraol Kou, Kor An Doeuk, Kampong Trabaek, Neak Loeung, Kien Svay, each town was similarly dusty, forlorn and trash strewn, then the houses and stores brightened up, high rises rose, traffic thickened, nice cars appeared and folks became better dressed, for we had reached the capital, where most of the country’s wealth seemed concentrated.

Say Cambodia, and most people will think of Angkor Wat, a long-dead city, and the Killing Fields, a genocidal site, but I only came to observe the most quotidian, and to muse on the resilience of these enduring people. The globe is filled with stateless nations, and in this corner of the world, there are the once powerful Chams and Mons, not to mention dozens of tribes even their countrymen have barely heard of.

Cambodia’s motto is “Nation, Religion, King,” and surely it’s the first, with its ethnic cohesion and common language, that has allowed these people to forge forward. As for religion, the Khmers were Hindus before they became Buddhists, and their king, well, he’s no more than a figurehead. Norodom Sihamoni has spent more time in Czechoslovakia and France than his nominal kingdom. His unifying function is also compromised by the fact that he’s widely believed to be gay. At 64, Sihamoni is a lifetime bachelor, with no children, a big no-no.

Sihamoni’s half-brother, Norodom Ranariddh, was elected prime minister in a UN-sponsored election in 1993, but then was shoved aside by Hun Sen, the de facto ruler of Cambodia since 1985. A regiment commander under Pol Pot, Hun Sen fled to Vietnam with four soldiers in 1977, then returned to Cambodia with the invading Vietnamese on December 25th, 1978. In two weeks, the war was over, and the Vietnamese-speaking Hun Sen became the foreign minister in the Vietnamese-installed government. This year, Hun Sen will run for election unopposed after disbanding the opposition party and arresting its leader.

Pol Pot was a China-backed tyrant, and after being propped up by Vietnam, Hun Sen is also embracing China. Last month, the strong man said, “For sure, some people said that we are too close to China, but I want to ask back, ‘Have you offered me anything apart from insulting, advising and threatening to impose sanctions on me?’” Between Chinese cash and Western censure, Hun Sen is choosing to fatten his already enormous bank account.

Western dough is also pouring into Cambodia, via NGOs and tourists. Strolling around downtown Phnom Penh, I saw white faces everywhere, and many of the businesses were clearly aimed at them. There are bars with names in English like Laughing Fat Man, Lone Star, Home of the Brave, Come Here, Male Boxx, Frog Skin, Bird in Hand, Angry Birds and Shooters, with the last showing, on its sign, John Travolta and Samuel Jackson aiming their pistols in Pulp Fiction.

The Dead Kennedys sang, “Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot, Pol Pot / It’s a holiday in Cambodia / Where you’ll do what you’re told / It’s a holiday in Cambodia / Where the slums got so much soul / Pol Pot.” Though the Communist is gone, his legacy is a huge attraction, and you can go to the Killing Fields in a tour bus that “keeps you away from heat, dust, polluted air, noise, rain and hassles!”

For my first meal in Phnom Penh, I decided on a rather grim sidewalk eatery. Seated on a plastic chair in the semi-dark, I was approached by a 12-year-old waitress who spoke a passable English. After taking my order for beef fried rice ($3) and Angkor Beer ($1), she asked where I was from, which she jotted down on a piece of paper. Extremely curious, the girl chatted away with all the customers, and even hugged some as they left. Tiny, she wore a soccer jersey with a Cambodian flag patch.

“Is that your mom?” I nodded towards the cook, twenty feet away at her stall, manning a wok.

“Grandma!”

“How old is she?”

“Fifty-three. Or fifty-four, because of Chinese New Year.”

“Is she Chinese?”

“Some.”

“I’m also 54, so I’m like your grandpa!”

“That kid,” she said of a toddler who was roaming around, “if you give him money, he give to his mom to buy snakes.”

“Snakes?!” I made a serpentine motion with my right arm.

“No, snacks!” She laughed.

“Do you go to school?”

“Yes!”

“But you also work here.”

“Yes!”

If a customer wanted fruit juice, the girl would run across the street to get it, or she would season and bag the fried chicken, at another stall, for takeaway customers. Childish yet responsible, she was all over. Contorting her body, she walked like a polo victim towards two new customers, straightened up and took their orders.

Right behind me was the heart of Cambodian Buddhism, Wat Ounalom. When the Communists came in, they murdered its 84-year-old patriarch, Huot Tat, and threw his statue into the Mekong. If the great Chuon Nath was still alive, they would have killed him too, no doubt, for the intellectual monk represented what they most despised, a love of heritage and traditions.

ORDER IT NOW

Chuon Nath compiled the first Khmer dictionary and wrote the Cambodian national anthem, as well as the enduring nationalist song, “Savada Khmer.” It begins, “All Khmers, do remember the root and history of our great nation / Our boundary was wide and well known / Others always thought highly of our race.”

A defender of Khmer identity, Chuon Nath is honored with a handsome statue near the Mekong. Across the street, though, is Nagaworld, a huge casino, hotel and restaurant complex owned by a Malaysian Chinese, with a clientele that is mostly Chinese. Nearby, there’s also the imposing Vietnam Cambodia Friendship Monument, with its clunky depiction of a Vietnamese soldier and a Cambodian one standing behind a Khmer woman, holding an infant. In the best hands, Soviet styled statuary is ugly enough, but left to the Vietnamese, who have never had a strong sculptural tradition, the result is beyond hideous.

Last year, China donated 100 buses to Phnom Penh, and the China Development Bank is financing the building of one of the world’s largest airports, plus an expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a growing center of Chinese tourism and industry. By 2020, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone will have 300 Chinese factories. Those who pay the bills call the shots, and Cambodia is increasingly beholden to China.

The US, though, still exerts the most influence culturally. It’s still sexier than China. English is on many shop signs and ads, and the language is taught everywhere, even in the poorest neighborhoods. There are schools named Big Success, Rockefeller, New York, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, Golden Gate and Apple Tree, etc. A recently shut down academy was called, simply, World Best School. The most popular brand of condense milk, My Boy, features a blonde, all-American kid, and the Stars and Stripes are on many articles of clothing. A woman wore this on her T-shirt, “HALF AMERICAN / HALF CANNADIAN / MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER.” Most tellingly, the US dollar is universally accepted as currency, and not just in Phnom Penh, but across Cambodia. If something costs 4,000 riels, you can pay with a buck.

Sixty-four years after the French left, Phnom Penh police stations still display “Poste de la Police” signs, and the Institut francais de Cambodge has the largest French library in Southeast Asia. By the Tonle Sap, there are cruise boats named “Paris” and “Paris Mekong.” A decade ago, I had an excellent French dinner in Paris, but the owner/chef was Cambodian, and some of Phnom Penh’s best restaurants, Armand’s, Langka, Topaz, Chez Gaston and Comme à la Maison, dish up French.

With just 13 million people, Cambodia is a small nation surrounded by much more powerful neighbors. Plus, it has to deal with the global behemoth, the USA. Rulers of weak countries often have to balance the interests of competing outsiders.

Using only media and diplomacy, a 30-year-old Norodom Sihanouk managed to win Cambodia’s independence from France, and he was allied, at various times, with Japan, the USA, China, the Soviet Union, North Korea and even Pol Pot, all to secure not just his nation’s survival, but his own.

Those who routinely invade, but are almost never invaded, at least not militarily, can too easily mock such inconsistencies or contradictions, but they’re understandable to much of the world. Further, the weak have survival skills that may allow them to outlast the smug and fleetingly powerful. Constantly threatened, they can’t afford to not know what are most enduring and inviolable about themselves, and what are merely cosmetic.

A virtual king, Hun Sen has commandeered his nation. History will judge if he’s deft and prescient, or just a glutton who has sold out his people.

Linh Dinh’s latest books are Postcards from the End of America (non-fiction) and A Mere Rica (poetry). He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. eah says:

    “They harass people, but Germany has long been a nation of immigrants. First, the Italians, Poles and Turks came, and now these people from the Middle East and Africa. They will all contribute to the economy.”

    Der Morris is not at all untypical: sponge for a brain, the size of a pea — uncritically absorbs all the lies and propaganda of the Lügenpresse — there’s a certain obliviousness about many Germans: they do not see what is right in front of them — for example, I take the same underground line as a colleague — once during small talk I mentioned the very obvious, rampant, open drug dealing on this line (all the dealers südländische Typen of course) that had been going on for months and months — this colleague had never noticed it.

  2. Biff says:

    What would Sydney Schanberg think of the place now?

  3. Da Wei says:

    I’ve waited for this and it’s a good’n, a flowing wet watercolor painted in grit and smack dab in the middle a jewel of a child. Hope shines through. Nicely done.

    Thanks, Linh Dinh.

  4. It is ALWAYS gluttons who sell out their people. Always.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  5. Thanks Linh for a colorful and interesting read.

  6. Pol Pot was a China-backed tyrant, and after being propped up by Vietnam, Hun Sen is also embracing China. Last month, the strong man said, “For sure, some people said that we are too close to China, but I want to ask back, ‘Have you offered me anything apart from insulting, advising and threatening to impose sanctions on me?’”

    I was like maybe linh is actually writing something without hate for cambodia and china.

    Between Chinese cash and Western censure, Hun Sen is choosing to fatten his already enormous bank account.

    I was wrong :)

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @Anon
  7. @eah

    Having lived in Germany for 2 years, you are so right. I have blue collar friends who are unabashed about saying what they see, but the others have their heads in the sand.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  8. Yee says:

    As long as Vietnam stands, Cambodia and Laos will cling tight to China, just like the Pakistan-India situation.

    With a small population, Cambodia (and Laos too) can survive on primary industries (agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining etc.) and tourism as long as it can maintain stability. But since it’s friend of China, the NGO/CIA will try hard to throw the country in chaos, no doubt.

    By the way, the US and Thailand backed Pol Pot too, because Soviet Union backed Vietnam. And no country in the region wanted to see Vietnam expand into other countries. Actually, China had wanted Sihanouk back to power. Sihanouk lived in China for years waiting to go back.

    • Replies: @Alden
  9. @eah

    Political Correctneß is the War on Noticing.

    In Germany, that war has almost been won.

  10. Joe Hide says:

    Enjoyable reading.

  11. @Astuteobservor II

    He just wishes for a certain stasis in the world, and China has become the vanguard of change to this world.

  12. *grammar nazi-mode on*

    It’s Moritz, not Morris.

    *grammar nazi-mode off*

    What i find interesting about Cambodia, is that it’s the only country in SEA where ultra-nationalism was not curtailled until recently.

    The Thais, Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese and Pinoys have dropped that aggressive posture in exchange for cooperative growth and investment over 2/3 decades ago. Sure you will find the grandstanding from time to time, but it’s just water-cannon-shooting and not torpedoes.

    But the pseudo-democratic system of Cambodia allowed the so-called opposition around Sam Raimsy to whip-up ultra-nationalism/Viet-phobism among the youth. Ten years ago when Cambodia was still extremely dependent on ODA & charities, he couldn’t do much about it.

    With the youth behind him this so-called opposition-leader could have “won” the elections this year.
    This could marked the begin of a short, but bloody civil-war. With negative consequence for the neighbors.

    But backed by strong growth over the last decade and upcoming LNG-money Hun Sen was now in position to drop the mask and dismantle the opposition.

    I’ll bet that the Chinese, Thais and Viets and everyone else is happy about it. It’s just that the Western countries have trap themselves in their own propaganda – hence the sanctions.

    * Readers on unz.com really like/support nationalism, but in case of Sam Rainsy it’s just too much for my/our taste. I mean no AfD-politician in Germany would call for Poland & Czechia to hand over “the lost land” from previous eras. Heck not even the extremists around the NPD calls for that.*

    The real question: Is Hun Sen’s son as capable & shroud as his father? What happens after King Sihamoni’s death?

  13. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Americans didn’t elect Trump. They were obliged to participate in a rigged referendum that offered no real choice. In this respect folks around the world have a lot in common.

  14. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi all,

    In the article, I used a slightly dated figure for the population of Cambodia. It’s now estimated to be 16 million.

    Linh

  15. Linh Dinh wrote: “Last year, China donated 100 buses to Phnom Penh, and the China Development Bank is financing the building of one of the world’s largest airports, plus an expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a growing center of Chinese tourism and industry. By 2020, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone will have 300 Chinese factories. Those who pay the bills call the shots, and Cambodia is increasingly beholden to China.”

    I’m convinced China’s government and definitely that of Cambodia were relieved when ZUSA President Trump killed President Obama’s rather secretive plans for initiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.).

    Under T.P.P., instead of Phnom Penh’s getting 200 buses from China, they’d get 200 Army surplus “halftracks” as a gift from Fortress America.

    Under T.P.P., instead of getting a state-of-art airport from China Development Bank, Goldman Sachs Group U.S. might have underwritten a Cambodian loan to facilitate the building of an A.B.M. system that guaranteed security from Russian, Chinese, N. Korean, and Iranian hostilities.

    Is Cambodia better of “beholden to China” rather than to the American-Israeli Empire? Who knows?

    But it appears the poor & (stilted) developing Cambodia gets along fairly well (at present), and citizens were spared having to fawn all over Ivanka Trump’s Paris-to-Khmer Rouge apparel.

    Thanks, Linh. Your (fated) meeting & conversation with the young travelin’ German, Morris, resulted in another amazing educational experience for me.

    • Agree: Alden
  16. This is excellent travel-writing and I hope you can parlay that into money. Have you considered documentaries, books?

    As an American, your grim portrayals annoyed me at times but I think you saw something from your half-in/half-out perspective that goes under-remarked: many Americans are unhappy people, and they use lots of alcohol to cope. As a now non-drinker it’s been revealing.

    • Replies: @Alden
  17. aandrews says:

    “…but there’s one nation so drugged and gullible, it has actually entrusted such a conman with its destiny.”

    Now, that’s mean.

  18. Che Guava says:

    Congrats for yet another article where you are presenting as the solo man.

    • Replies: @Truth
  19. Alden says:
    @Yee

    Thanks for the information about Pol Pot and the CIA. I learn something new every day here.

  20. Most tellingly, the US dollar is universally accepted as currency, and not just in Phnom Penh, but across Cambodia. If something costs 4,000 riels, you can pay with a buck.

    Using currency in Cambodia can be confusing.

  21. Alden says:

    As always Love the article, especially the part about the little waitress.

  22. @Jim Christian

    It is ALWAYS gluttons who sell out their people. Always.

    Wannabe gluttons do that as well. Both are significant reasons that the USA is Zion West.

    Suckers.

    • Agree: Druid
  23. @eah

    A couple years back, I had dinner with a German family, and the grandparents, who had lived through the war and the subsequent waves of greek, italian, and turk immigration and all the wonders they had no doubt brought to the country despite the obvious sloth of the home-team very enthusiastically rejoiced for all the Syrian doctors and engineers and their necessary skills and industriousness the country was in desperate need of (that was the official propaganda one heard on ARD & ZDF). Their “kids” were not so enthusiastic, because they worked in the city of Hamburg. The grandkids were mercifully unaware of any other world.

    The war castrated two generations of Germans. Tell a German that Germany of the 1900s was perhaps the peak of Western civilisation, and they will stare at you with disbelief … some will even argue that you are surely wrong. They long for the EU, not because Germany will rule it (they won’t … the french will), but because Germany will be swallowed by it and finally removed from the map.

  24. republic says:

    Big decline of French language usage in Cambodia. A few years ago, some students in Cambodia demonstrated against the compulsory teaching of French at their university.
    A person who only spoke French in Cambodia would be at a big disadvantage. I am sure that the many French backpackers only speak English.
    The only French that I noticed in Phnom Penh was a French bakery and some written notices at a local hospital.
    Chinese and English are becoming the lingual Franca in that country.

  25. Alden says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    Linh’s always made it clear that many of his subjects are low income bar flies. Arriving in a new town and wanting to meet locals with stories to tell, that’s the best place to go. Bar flies rich or poor, unemployed or skilled professionals, love to talk.

  26. Alden says:

    Just re read it. Come here is one of the greatest names for a bar I’ve heard. I’d like to meet Linh sometime

  27. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    Not to mention Vietnam took a large of chunk of Cambodia’s territory which includes today’s Saigon, and Vietnam’s occupation of Cambodia from 1979-1989.

    • Replies: @Macon Richardson
  28. iffen says:

    Great postcard, L. D.

    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @iffen

    You screw up your posts by including either a “piss on the Jews” or a “Murica is fucked-up” paragraph. Just stop it. Just cut that paragraph.

    Agree. If I want to read sophomoric anti-Trump snark, there is no shortage of media outlets only too happy to indulge any taste. (NYT, WaPo, Salon, ABC/CBS/NBC, NPR/PBS, Guardian, Al Jazeera, …)

    Anti-Jewish stuff is also plentiful at various outlets (not the same ones, except for Al Jazeera.)

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark that probably earns snickers and high-fives from the usual artsy-Leftoid cultists but nobody else.

    • Replies: @iffen
  30. iffen says:
    @Anonymous

    L.D. is great at lyrical pieces focused on gritty exotic life abroad or in the U.S. Shame to spoil a beautiful painting it with this compulsive snark

    Very well put.

    It’s as if you were admiring a great painting and then you notice in the foreground that there is a small paint-by-the-numbers splotch.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
    , @AaronB
  31. Che Guava says:
    @iffen

    Nice to see you and whoever the Anonymous is exposing yourselves (well, the Anon does not) as the Zionists you are. Why do you also hate Trump? Isn’t he very pro-zionist?

    I very much was appreciating Linh’s article, as all of them, despite a recent dispute.

    I want to visit Laos, because it sounds like an eastern analogy of Belarus (another place I would like to visit).

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    As a Christian, wanted very much to visit Syria, too (never ‘Israel’, because I know they spit upon and attack priests, monks, and nuns), the Zionists and their U.S jihad-recruiting allies make that impossible for now.

    The astonishing pain inflicted on the people of Syria is piercing my heart. It is now inflicted by external actors, Israel, U.S.A. Turkey, and their mercenary soldier proxies, in the main, Islamist lunatics.

    The only (national) exceptions, Syrian Army and Kurdish forces

    Very depressing.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @Anonymous
  32. iffen says:
    @Che Guava

    Used to want to visit Nth. Korea, but with our bad diplomatic relations with them, it is seeming dangerous.

    You definitely should visit N. Korea. Don’t pay any attention to all the fake news in the Jew York Times about how dangerous it might be.

  33. @iffen

    LD, iffen would be happy if you concentrate on hating china only :)

  34. Truth says:
    @Che Guava

    LOL, how many times does he have to write “my wife” in an article?

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  35. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Cambodia rhymes with NGO since 1991 – ask any late night adult paranoid. The orgs moved in after the Paris Peace Accords. The ‘Nam and Cambodia officially ended the official war they decided to have which had become inappropriate by that time.

    The UN temporarily took over Cambodia. In came the team efforts to help the kids, the water, beat the poverty, fight the corruption, fight the drugs, the sex trafficking, settle the old scores – all the things to make it a less poor, more educated, less bitter, better, faster, stronger – insert conspiracy theory here – kinda place.

    Nothing quite says democracy like having foreign groups tell the locals how to run things nicely. The NGOs come from places that are called democracies but sometimes look like dictatorships filled with widespread misery, poverty, big jails and people getting shot by the cops. The whole thing starts to look like a fraud or a front of some kind. Not as many as charities (sounds better than NGO) in Cambodia now as there were then.

  36. @Anon

    As have the Thais. Most of eastern Thailand was once Cambodia. Cambodia has a long, long friendship with China and over the centuries, China has prevented Vietnam and Thailand from overrunning all of Cambodia and annexing it.

    I’m sitting up in Phnom Penh right now and wow! is it hot.

  37. Dr. Doom says:

    Behold the tour bus view of reality. The jet set go to these places and dine in the tourist traps and say how nice the service is in The Killing Fields. A casual comment on The Peoples’ Republic of China using currency to CONTROL its populace is made without criticism or hardly a comment. A frivolous nervous laugh of a controlled serf of the Almighty State.
    These goofs see but do not observe. These are the SURVIVORS. The Vietnam Conflict that ran through South East Asia, toppling The Nam, Cambodia and Laos. The Grand Chessboard littered with bodies and Americans who lost their innocence in a Third World Battle Zone. Like the vets that came back from Iraq and Afghanistan in their Banker War, those Men mostly White were thrown away too.
    Heroin. That’s the reason we went to The Nam. The Golden Triangle. China White paid with blood. Killing kids on the streets back home. Pol Pot got his killing joke from the Yippies and Hippies. They support abortion, drugs and Marxist Mass Murderers. A Jim Jones Suicide Cult. They ignore the bodies and the pile of bones. They say its Love, Love, Love.
    Duran Duran may have been right. Hanoi Jane, you ignorant slut. You Hate the people who want freedom and kneel before every murderous thug just because they aren’t White.
    All you need is Love. This Global Village is built on bodies and a pool of blood. Fall Out.

  38. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Che Guava

    How did word get out that Linh Dinh’s wife was Polish and or a blonde? I do remember the chaturbate incident in the recent column and it reminded me of the famous Linh Dinh ringer who spiced up the comments section.

    This guy would attack with something like: “Things are fine in America, I’m a computer person who’s doing real swell plus I have a stratocaster so up your ass pal!”

    Then Linh would rage out a parry – I’m too lazy to look up the exact quotes – something like ‘Slit your wrists asshole. Inject yourself with bromide/pentobarbital white fake-Lead Belly bitch’

    The comments section is pure gold, so I have to assume when Linh said he had grown weary of so many assholes and was considering a paywall – but alas would never admit defeat – he was really saying the opposite. Like being with a hot woman who wants you as much as you want her, but she’s kinda wimpering no. Vietnamese even. She’s really saying yes. Then you give it to each other with all you’ve got. Fucking hot man. Like the comments section.

    Back to Cambodia. Starbucks opened it’s first cafe in Phnom Penh in 2016. A victory of sorts over the street vendor, maybe we’ll call it a rape of some kind.

  39. Che Guava says:

    Thx. It is very funny, whether or not true. My meeting a young PRC citizen, lost in Tokyo, took him to a light pizza place I like (I paid, of course, as is the custom), give a little travel advice, interesting places that other.than rare domesticc tourists don’t go to, pointed him to the entrance that is the less crowded entry to the Japan Rail line.

    Right now, rain is very heavy, but becoming lighter. No it is not. Still heavy..

  40. AaronB says:
    @iffen

    Unfortunately, iffen, a necessary corollary of liking South East Asia is disliking Jewish culture.

    They represent opposite values.

    So it makes sense that as Linh describes what he appreciates, he will include a remark or two about the opposite kind of thing.

    It’s the cherry on top, the final flourish that creates symmetry.

  41. Che Guava says:
    @Truth

    LOL @ you, none above. Though an enraged Lini was listing four or five passing references to ‘wife’ over two or three years, his style is relying on depicting himself as alone, except the few in Europe when with Refuvsky.

    Or do you lack reading comprehension?

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