Kampuchea: The Deadly Rite of Spring

Viet Nam attacks rebels, bombs civilians and goads Thailand

Each year, when monsoon rains sweep in from the Indian Ocean, three separate guerrilla armies emerge from their sanctuaries to challenge the 180,000 Vietnamese troops who have been occupying Kampuchea since 1979. And each year, when the parched rice paddies sprout nothing but stubble, the Vietnamese seek revenge, rolling out their tanks in an effort to eliminate the 45,000 armed "nationalists" opposed to the Vietnamese-backed government of President Heng Samrin. But this year the Vietnamese have instigated something more than the usual rite of spring. In their most deadly and deliberate offensive...

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