Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Life in Cambodia isn't all fun and temple visits. I've been burdened with a skin infection for months now which has nearly disappeared a couple of times then returned much stronger than before. At the moment, it's at its very worst as I await the result of more blood tests at the end of this week. Earlier tests ruled out a few possibilities but the doctors have so far been stumped as to the cause of the infection. It's affected my arms, legs, face and neck and it ain't a pretty sight, so much so that I've restricted my outings in recent weeks. However, I can't let it stop me from enjoying my regular jaunts to places like Meta House, where I went this evening. Early doors was the opening of a permanent exhibition of Tim Page's photographs and the famous Vietnam War veteran was there to sign a few prints. I missed that but I did see the documentary Vietnam American Holocaust and that was enough to make my blood boil - not such a good idea in my condition. Produced by Clay Claiborne, it's a shaming indictment of the American involvement in a war that killed approximately 4 million Vietnamese civilians and rained down bombs, death and destruction on Cambodia and Laos too. It turned too many GIs into cold-blooded killers as the footage and interviews from that time showed all too graphically. How an American can ever look a Vietnamese in the eye without feeling his country's eternal shame is beyond me.