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Sunrise Over Fallujah Themes & Motifs

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War

War is a major theme in the novel Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers. The Iraq War comprises the backbone of this book. The war begins in March, 2003 when American-led Coalition Forces invade and liberate Iraq.

Birdy joins the US Army following 9/11, because he wants to serve and protect his country. The US Army is dedicated to protecting the United States and engaging in war when ordered to do so. By its very nature, the Army (and all branches of the U.S. Military) must be prepared for war. Birdy goes through extensive training for his role in Civil Affairs and learns how to fight as well as to handle situations with civilians. While war does have positive effects (such as liberation and overthrowing despots), war does have very serious consequences as well.

War, by its nature, means death and destruction. No one is safe...

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