An easy choice

[Sent to the Khmer Times and Phnom Penh Post on 7 August. Published by the Post on 15 August 2018.]

Donald Trump has declared that the world must choose between “doing business” with Iran and with the United States. Since the aim of this enforced choice is to allow the US government to violate any agreements it has signed but now finds inconvenient, the choice is easy.

I will therefore refrain from buying any US products if the same product is available from any other source.

Fortunately, in Cambodia most US products have to compete with European products, and the European countries involved are seeking to maintain the agreement that Trump is violating. I hope that others who consider nuclear non-proliferation more important than the “right” of big powers to bully other countries will join me in refusing to buy US products whenever there is an alternative.