Uncle Monty wrote:
A very bad piece of writing, by the journalist, and possibly by myself as well.
Yeah, I read that and started laughing. The guy who wrote it is trying to sell this fantasy of his, one that he's clearly attached to, and it's totally adolescent and juvenile. He wants people to think that Phnom Penh is like the Mos Eisley Spaceport in Star Wars - "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" - and he's the fucking Han Solo of journalism, braving it all to make a buck. What a dick.
It's crap like this story that lures the weirdos out here in the first place. He describes this lawless playground for perverts and addicts. Well, guess who the only people on Earth who see that as an endorsement and not a condemnation are going to be? Perverts, addicts, and assholes like him who live vicariously through them just by being in proximity to squalor. What ... a ... dick.
"The place’s ultimate appeal, though, is its well-documented culture of impunity."
What? Appeal to who? Like 2 super rich foreigners that he names - Thaksin and Trofimov? Certainly not all the poor motherfuckers teaching English here who'll get shaken down by the cops if they forget to put their moto helmet on, and will probably lose everything if they commit an actual crime. Impunity? In a country where thieves occasionally get beaten to death by angry mobs? Is he fucking joking? The culture of impunity is a grave threat to the 99% of expats here who aren't rich. It means that the rich can (and occasionally will) do anything they want to us without a care in the world. That's not appealing.