From Not The Nation:
PHNOM PENH – The governments of the Kingdoms of Thailand and Cambodia signed a historic agreement yesterday, pledging a decade-long mutually beneficial relationship of providing each other with shallow, sensationalist mini-conflicts that would pacify the masses through nationalistic fervor.
The Preah Vihear Headline Generation Treaty, named for the obscure Khmer border temple whose boundary dispute has enabled both governments to survive despite incompetence, is the first such agreement ever signed by the two nations. Under its provisions, the two quasi-parliamentary royalist military states will be permitted complete freedom to vilify the other whenever domestic issues threaten either ruling regime.
The agreement was the surprise result of top-level talks between representatives of the Abhisit government and those of Hun Sen’s CPP party which took place in Phnom Penh over the weekend. The aim of the talks was supposed to settle the boundaries of the disputed Preah Vihear temple. However, during the negotiations it was revealed that neither side actually cared about the temple, the borders, or their nation’s sovereignty, but preferred the priceless PR value of a sensationalist issue that unified voters against a perceived outside threat.