He might have elicited a smile rather than a cringe had he gone to that reliable standby, “to the right of Attila the Hun.”
Prime Minister Hun Sen had taken power in a bloody coup in July 1997.
I always felt Attila The Hun set the clearest path for himself, what would today be called his “mission statement.”
Old English, person from a tribe from central Asia that overran Europe in the 4c. and 5c., from Medieval Latin Hunni, apparently ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as Han or Hiong-nu). Figurative sense of "reckless destroyer of beauty" is from 1806. Applied to the German in World War I by their enemies because of stories of atrocities, but the nickname originally was urged on German soldiers bound for China by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1900, which caused a scandal.