Cambodia: Balance of Menaces

A chubby little man in a dark blue suit strode into the sports stadium of the steamy Cambodian capital of Pnompenh (pronounced Nom-pen) last week, mounted the platform, and began haranguing the assembled crowd in a whiny, high-pitched voice. The speaker was Prince Norodom Sihanouk, neutralist, mercurial ruler of Cambodia, and he had called the rally to announce in effect that the U.S. was working to undermine his regime. Turning theatrically to the throng, Sihanouk asked whether the national honor did not demand that Cambodia reject any future help from the Americans. When his subjects roared obedient approval, the...

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