Author Karl Marlantes writes, “The Vietnam war was a defining experience in the US” (Trauma laid to rest; Narrative ‘donkeys’ carry burden of explaining war, 30 July). Please: what about the effect of the US invasion on Vietnam?
One of the reasons I do not read narratives, either fiction or even nonfiction, about our wars in Asia by US or UK participants or “embedded” journalists is that it is clear they do not treat the wars in their totality, but simply focus on our compatriots’ participation, portraying US (and allied) troops more as victims than as perpetrators of violence. The same is even more true of the films.
Where are the accounts of the agonies of the masses who inhabit the spaces we invade? Give me Chomsky any day.
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