chapter  4
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A Theater Divided: Laos, Cambodia, and Victory in Indochina

Military access to Laos and Cambodia was vital to the communist war effort in Vietnam: the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran through those countries, was the logistic enabler for North Vietnam's war in the RVN. 1 These two states did not willingly choose to ally themselves with Hanoi (even though various leaders, notably Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia, at times attempted to accommodate the communists), but both countries were so militarily and politically weak that they could not defend their own territory and neither wished to incur the wrath of the DRV.