Great Power Comes With Great Responsibility


A month after the coup on March 18, 1970, President Richard Nixon of the United States of America decided to invade Cambodia and begin carpet bombing along the Cambodian border in an effort to oust the Vietcong who had allegedly taken up position there. By August 19731 American B-52s had dropped more than two hundred thousand tons of bombs onto the region, equivalent to the amount of A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. For the next five years, the war and bombing continued relentlessly all around Cambodia’s countryside destroying the farmers and peasants’ traditional way of life and tip the balance of power between the Royalist in the countryside and the Khmer Republican in the capital. Many Cambodian peasants and farmers were victims of the bombings. Lives were lost and a large proportion of those who survived saw their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Some fled the countryside to the capital, Phnom Penh, becoming refugees in their own country………

This is an excerpt from Vincent Lee’s untold story, Father Missed His Plane: A real-life story of a boy’s separation from his family, survival and adversity in the Killing Fields of Cambodia and beyond. Read More