Cambodia and Laos


“Cambodia and Laos” details how both of Vietnam’s smaller and weaker border countries were drawn inexorably into Vietnam’s war, suffered massive bombing, and, in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. It is the story of smuggled arms, unmarked aircraft, covert armies and secret bombing campaigns. “Cambodia and Laos” traces the development of American involvement in those countries from 1961, when President Kennedy sent unmarked planes to bomb the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, through 1975, when the communist Khmer Rouge defeated the American-backed government of Lon Nol in Cambodia. The two million refugees who had fled to the cities to escape American bombings and Khmer Rouge brutality were driven back to the countryside, only to endure starvation, terror, and slaughter.