Cambodia: Drift to the Left

Prince Norodom Sihanouk has long demanded that Britain and the U.S. come up with a plan to guarantee Cambodia's neutrality and safeguard its frontiers from archenemies Thailand and South Viet Nam. But when no proposal met his approval, Sihanouk became convinced of a Western plot to partition his nation. Last week, Sihanouk's obsessive suspicion of the West cued a violent riot in Pnompenh which resulted in the sacking of the British and U.S. embassies and spotlighted Cambodia's alarming drift toward Communism.

The riot began slowly. Outside the two embassies, Cambodian police and government officials stood idly by as 10,000 hooligans...

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