Sao Sokha, former National Police Commander and student of Hitler, takes over reigns of RCAF

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Sao Sokha, former National Police Commander and student of Hitler, takes over reigns of RCAF

Postby epidemiks » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:25 am

The Defence Ministry has tapped General Sao Sokha, the former deputy commander of RCAF, to take over the commander-in-chief position being relinquished by General Pol Saroeun, who must step down as he stands for election as a lawmaker in July’s national poll.

According to a letter issued by Defence Minister Tea Banh, the duties of Gen Saroeun are being transferred to Gen Sokha as acting commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

“The Defence Ministry has decided to hand over the task to Gen Sao Sokha as acting commander-in-chief in addition to his current position,” Gen Banh said in the letter. ... ary-chief/

National Military Police Commander Sao Sokha told an annual meeting of Phnom Penh’s military police Thursday that he learned how to maintain social order by studying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, and that he draws inspiration from the rise of Germany under the leader’s authoritarian rule in the 1930s.


Speaking to gathered military police forces at their municipal headquarters, Gen. Sokha said that he made sure the military police were always ready to launch security operations at a moment’s notice, in case “someone acts like a czar, doing foolish things.”

“Speaking frankly, I learned from Hitler. Germany, after World War I, was not allowed by the international community to have more than 100,000 soldiers, but the Nazis and Hitler did whatever so they could wage World War II,” Gen. Sokha said.

The national military police commander said he had also drawn on the guerrilla warfare tactics used by Vietnamese Communists in their wars against the French and U.S.

“I learned from the Vietnamese guerrillas to take small numbers to fight against the big, but that cannot be for winning, but to destroy them,” Gen. Sokha said. “If we want to win, we have to take big numbers to fight against the small.” ... clnk&gl=kh
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