SOUTHEAST ASIA: A Show of Military Muscle

Viet Nam's brief incursion threatened Thailand's security

Non Mak Mun is a peaceful little Thai town about a mile from the Cambodian border. Early one morning last week the villagers were awakened by the sound of gunfire. Then, over a loudspeaker came an unfamiliar voice: "We won't kill any Thais. All we will take is some food." Similar sounds awakened Cambodian refugees at two camps straddling the nearby border between Thailand and Cambodia. All too soon they recognized the fatigue-clad intruders who had stolen into their midst under cover of darkness as Vietnamese...

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