Cambodia: Upsetting the Balance

Violent political demonstrations are a phenomenon that only rarely visit the drowsy, sylvan Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. They have been directed against foreign embassies there only three times in memory—once against the British and twice against the Americans. Last week, six years to the day after Cambodian demonstrators attacked the American embassy in Phnom Penh to protest the U.S. presence in Southeast Asia, mobs once again rampaged through the city. This time, however, their targets were the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong embassies.

Careful Turnaround. The demonstrations began in the eastern-border province of Svay Rieng, long a vital refitting and...

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