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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 08:57 PM

Cambodia's former king Sihanouk dies in Beijing

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Cambodia's former king Norodom Sihanouk, a widely respected figure through decades of turmoil, died in Beijing on Monday, according to an announcement on national television. He was 89.

Sihanouk was a pre-eminent figure in Cambodia's history through a large part of the 20th century. He held considerable power in the 1950s and 1960s when, as a young, flamboyant ruler he held absolute authority and came to symbolize Cambodia.

He reigned over Cambodia from 1941-1955 and from 1993-2004.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/us-cambodia-sihanouk-idUSBRE89D0JZ20121015

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Warren Stupidity Oct 2012 OP
jsr Oct 2012 #1
DonViejo Oct 2012 #2
virgogal Oct 2012 #3
youbetterwork Oct 2012 #4
mitchtv Oct 2012 #5

Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:35 PM

1. Too bad he tried to make friends with the Khmer Rouge

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. Thanks for posting this article

Ironically, just two days ago I was discussing Southeast Asia with a friend. We both wondered what happened to King Sihanouk. I was in SEA during the time of the Khmer Rouge.

I am sorry to learn he lost 5 of his children and 14 grandchildren to the Khmer Rouge.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:18 PM

3. I remember him as Snookie---haven't a clue why.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:27 AM

4. Long live the King!

He never agreed with the Khmer Rouge, and he only worked with them to try to stop the killing and hope for peace.

Snooky is the name used by expats for the beach province named after him.

Here's what I posted to my Facebook page:

He walked a razor's edge until Nixon/Kissinger had him overthrown in favor of a right wing military that collapsed to the Khmer Rouge. Then the massacre began. He tried to keep his country as safe as he could from the Americans and the Vietnamese. Shame on the USA for not canceling the fraudulent debts on this country from the sham governments they installed! Shame on the USA for not paying reparations to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Shame on the USA for not removing the land mines made in the USA, imported in secret, and that to this day kill and maim throughout SE Asia! A debt is owed. This man was a testament to the fight against American imperialism.

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:55 PM

5. the only royal I liked

there is a great picture of him during his exile standing by a roadsign on his way back

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