The World: Honorable House Arrest

When the Peking-based ambassador of a Middle Eastern country received word that he would be allowed to visit Cambodia, he was delighted. After all, he could observe firsthand a new socialist society in the making. He could take his family on sightseeing excursions to the temple ruins of Angkor Wat. But the ambassador had not reckoned with the xenophobia of the fanatical rulers of Democratic Kampuchea, as Cambodia is called.

During the three weeks that the ambassador and his family spent in Phnom Penh, they were virtually imprisoned. Every morning a Khmer Rouge soldier arrived on a bicycle and took orders for...

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