The Mind-Boggling Life of the Cambodian King

As Norodom Sihanouk had been ill for so long and had led such an epic life, it was surprising that the media did not have more immediate coverage of his life and times immediately after his death.
Now the articles are trickling out… perhaps after reporters checked out his Wikipedia page?
Any story on Norodom Sihanouk is replete with strange trivia and bizarre shifting alliances. Perhaps International Herald Tribune says it best, “the diplomatic chronology of King Sihanouk, who died Monday in Beijing at age 89, is mind-boggling in its complexity and contradictions.”

Cambodia’s Former King Leaves Mixed Legacy – VOA, October 15, 2012
…The Cambodian king’s ties to North Korea were such that leader Kim Il Sung built him a 60-room palace in Pyongyang…

Cambodian King Left Mixed Legacy – WSJ, October 15, 2012
Norodom Sihanouk, a two-time king who helped guide the small Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia through its first years of independence but ultimately failed to prevent it from descending into genocide at the end of the Vietnam War, died early Monday of natural causes in Beijing…

The Bloodied Legacy of Cambodia’s Chameleon King – IHT, October 15, 2012
He was a libertine and a francophile, a filmmaker and a painter, a serial husband and father and philanderer, a cherubic but ruthless god-king who liked to putter about in the garden. He played the sax in his own jazz band. He loved to eat. He once served Champagne to a visiting U.S. secretary of state…

Photos: Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia’s leader through decades of upheaval, dies – WP, October 16, 2012

Cambodia’s quixotic former king Sihanouk dies in Beijing – Reuters, October 16, 2012

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