Sanctuaries in Cambodia

“The Pentagon is increasingly worried about the diplomatic ramifications of being forced to use the computer networks of many other nations while carrying out digital missions — the computer equivalent of the Vietnam War’s spilling over the Cambodian border in the 1960s.” (from The New York Times, 06/13/2009 [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/politics/13cyber.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print])
I remember being sleepless one night. I was living in the Grosvenor Club, at 114 East 39th Street in New York City, (only 20 yards or so from Park Avenue) and I walked up to the Horn & Hardart’s cafeteria on the SW corner of Park and 42nd Street. There, at one of the big round tables towards the back, journalists from the New York Daily News used to hang out and chat in the wee hours of the morning, and anybody could sit down at the table. They said that Nixon had ordered American troops to invade Cambodia to attack the enemy sanctuaries there. I was surprised at his use of the word “sanctuary”, since it seemed to refer to their beautiful old ruins. To me, a sanctuary was a place of worship, and I was similarly put off by the way “sanction” was tossed about.

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