Aljazeera is reporting that the Cambodian prime minister has given Laos an ultimatum: withdraw the troops that crossed into our border within six days, or face the consequences.
Troops and rocket launchers are standing by, or to use a phrase of the week, are “locked and loaded.”
Six days is pretty much when our group of naive backpacking tourists armed only with cameras and highly deet-ized mosquito spray, are set to cross the same border.
As the news flashed on my phone, visions of rocket launchers danced in my head, along with “Breaking News” bulletins from the “frontline” from any news agency that wasn’t covering the Trump-Kim Jong Un measuring contest. Pulitzer prizes dangled in front of me as an article about unsuspecting Western tourists caught in no-mans land that caused an international incident pretty much wrote itself.
But, it was only a dream. Quickly soon after, the two heads of state held an in-person meeting and diffused the situation. You see, Laos has been upset that Cambodia has been building a road so close to the border, so they sent 30 troops over to monitor the situation. Cambodia was not pleased. I’m not sure how the situation was diffused, but there was a joint press conference telling everyone not to worry.
Ah diplomacy, it’s been so long since I’ve seen your face, I almost didn’t recognize you without a Twitter handle.