Lately, I’ve seen a lot of heated comments about the Thai-Cambodian border clash on this forum, which led me to assume that they are Cambodians. I fully support the Cambodian troops and the Cambodian government in defending our sovereignty from foreign aggressors, may it be the Thais, Vietnamese or Laotians.
However, I disagree with most of the comments earlier because they’ve over-estimated our military capability to defend our own country if full scale war broke out. I am not writing to degrade nor insult the Cambodian Army, nor am I glorifying Thailand; I am being a realist, and hopefully by expressing my view would make some war-mongers to understand the consequences of war before making such war rhetoric. In particular, the person that commented on 14 June 2011 10:27 PM, “contrast to the theory of the people who never fought the real war only sitting behind the desk and predicting on the papers.”; I bet, you have never fought in any war yourself, hence you have no right to insult them like the way you did.
The Thai-Cambodian conflict is what it is, a conflict not a war as some may want us to believe! Cambodian soldiers are brave war veterans and I have no doubt that they’re willing to die defending the country; but that is different to winning a real war. If real war broke, with Cambodia’s current military hardware/capabilities, we won’t stand a chance against the Thai aggression (having said that, if attacked we still need to defend our country). Corruption aside, we’re simply outnumbered, outgunned and our supplies/logistics are not as efficient. We might employ guerrilla warfare to drag the war for a few years and by doing so can inflict some casualty and pains on the Thai side, but I don’t think we can repel the Thai invasion, if there is one. Just look at the Sino-Vietnam war, despite the experience from the Vietnam war, better trained and equipped than the Cambodians, the Vietnamese could not held their positions against the Chinese invasion, resulting in heavy casualty on both sides. Some argued that Vietnam won the war because the Chinese later withdraw, others believed China never intended to invade and capture, hence China did not lose the war. Doesn’t matter who won that war, my point was that the experiences and bravery alone will not win you the war against a better equipped enemy! Just because the government/commanders told us that Cambodia has not conceded a milimetre of land during the armed clashes, do not take it as an ability to defend from the Thai full scale invasion.
Propaganda are coming from the media and government on both sides, even the western journalists get their information from the local media, hence has not been verified nor it is free from bias. So, sift through all the news/info and separate facts from propaganda before making your own judgment on what to believe.
From a proud Cambodian!
15 June 2011 12:19 PM
12:19PM,duhhhhh..... Of course Thailand has military superiority over Cambodia. There is no doubt about that. Just because Thailand has military superiority over Cambodia doesn't mean Thailand can guarantee itself a victorious win if Thailand highly desire to wage a full scale invasion of Cambodia. Face it, there is advantages and disadvantages for Cambodia and Thailand. The armed clashes we saw had proven that just because Cambodia's military lacks fancy war machines like Thailand does not mean that Cambodia has made it easy for Thailand to just simply walk into Cambodia. Thailand was fighting an enemy much smaller than its own side and failed to accomplish anything concrete. If current little Cambodia, with such military inferiority compare to Thailand, gave the big almighty bad-ass Thailand such a headache and frustration in the battlefields, how will Thailand stand with Cambodia, if Cambodia were to be equally equipped with fancy war machines like that of Thailand? The point is, yea..big deal Thailand got some big bad-ass guns, cluster ammunition, poison gas, and many other war machines, the question is, why hasn't Thailand succeeded in its mission, if its military are so much mightier than Cambodia? Cambodia never claimed victory over those little clashes. It's hard to say who has suffered more casualty. Cambodia military was able to throw punches effectively and able to stand on their turf to fight another day. By the way, this is not propaganda, just my wildest analysis.