Karl Marlantes

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Karl Marlantes

Antiwar volunteer. In graduate school, Marlantes already opposed the Vietnam War, but says in 1969 he volunteered for Vietnam as an infantry officer to help save the lives of others. He did, receiving the Navy Cross. Marlantes says his homecoming was unfriendly, but he does not mention being spit upon or called a baby killer. He says no one talked about Vietnam. Marlantes remains an antiwar zealot apparently oblivious to history. Marlantes has written, “In Vietnam lying became the norm and I did my part."[1] Churchill observed, "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." Yet Marlantes says, “Lies in the Vietnam War were more prevalent because that war was fought without meaning . . . they knew it was unwinnable.” Malantes says, “The Vietnam War will be infamous [like no other?], for the way those who perpetrated it, lied to those who fought and paid for it. [Is a 23 year old equipped to speak on the inner workings of the Johnson White House?] Marlantes says he participated in the “greatest crime of the 20th century,” apparently unaware of Nazi death camps and Japan’s rapacious pillage of Nanking and its slave labor death camps. Also omitted, Viet Cong terror and the Hanoi enabled Khmer Rouge slaughter of nearly one in four Cambodians. Marlantes is the acclaimed author of the novel Matterhorn, a fictional work on Vietnam. His What It Is Like to Go to War was a $10,000 finalist in 2012 for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for promoting “peace, social justice, and global understanding.” In February 2017, the far left Joan B. Kroc School of Peace sponsored Marlantes to an event “reimaging the Veteran experience.”

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  1. See: Marlantes, “The Truth About Lies in Vietnam,” http://www.historynet.com/vietnam-war