This part, the author Mr. Sophan Seng, interestingly described the trend of “Culture of Dialogue” vs. “Culture of MAD Politics”. MAD is derived from “Mutually Assured Destruction”.
Historically significant, the WWI and WWII as well as the Cold War, the world faced destruction from military confrontations and MAD tactics. But by realizing such destructive behavior, each party sit down to face up through verbal communication, not weaponry confrontation any more.
This new embracing to dialogue is called “Enlightened Era”.
Cambodia was not exceptional in receiving and being ruined by this confrontational approach or MAD politics. But while the world had resumed MAD politics, Cambodia was still having aura of MAD politics from the world. Cambodia was engaging in civil war, killing and atrocity, and foreign occupation etc.
Though the UNs came to help setting up and monitoring the election and crafting democracy for this country, the leaders have failed this country shamefully.
But the election result on 2013 is the turning-point for Cambodia has been emerged.
This part, the author Mr. Sophan Seng, articulated on “Culture of Dialogue” that has been so popular in Cambodia politics at the present by exposing this new paradigm as realistic to the world’s changing and Cambodia modern geopolitics.
Thus, the culture of dialogue is in good timeframe to debate about healing processes of Khmer trauma by exposing more truth through talking and storytelling about it.
In conclusion, to end the culture of revenge, animosity and enmity among Cambodian people, the means to encourage communication must be incentivized, and culture of dialogue is the essential mean among them all.