vietnam study 3 - Prince Norodom Sihanouk- The King of...

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Prince Norodom Sihanouk - The King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955. When the Vietnam War raged, Sihanouk promoted policies that he claimed to preserve Cambodia’s neutrality & most importantly security. While he in many cases sided w/his neighbors, pressures upon his gov’t from all sides in the conflict were immense, & his overriding concern was to prevent Cambodia from being drawn into a wider regional war. In the spring of 1965, he made a pact w/China & North Vietnam to allow the presence of permanent North Vietnamese bases in eastern Cambodia & to allow military supplies from China reach Vietnam by Cambodian ports. Cambodia & Cambodian individuals were compensated by Chinese purchases of the Cambodian rice crop by China at inflated prices. Received help from the Reagan administration. Nixon’s secret bombings in Cambodia (Operation “Menu”)- March 18, 1969 until May 1970 during the Vietnam War. The supposed targets of these attacks were sanctuaries & Base Areas of the People’s Army of Vietnam & the Vietcong which utilized them for resupply, training, & resting between campaigns. It failed its objective & enraged the Cambodian public. The campaign was devised & conducted in secrecy, since an aerial campaign against “neutral” Cambodia is a war crime & would have created a political firestorm in the US where the war was already wildly unpopular. The Air Force began bombing the rural regions of Cambodia along its South Vietnam border in 1965 under the Johnson administration. This was 4yrs earlier than
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course HTS 3015 taught by Professor Flamming during the Summer '11 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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