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The novel Triage by Scott Anderson chronicles war photojournalist Mark Walshs experiences as he struggles through the hardships of his occupation and the challenges of daily life By incorporating themes such as guilt forgiveness the nature of modern war and sense of belonging Anderson is able to link characters and create complex parallel stories while maintaining an appealing plot When Mark is hit by an artillery shell in Kurdistan his world is turned upside down He survives but his best friend Colin does not Colins final wish is to be taken back to New York but in horrific turn of events Mark finds himself having to leave Colin for dead to aid his own survival He is taken to the Harir Cave where Ahmet Talzani the doctor at the hospital practices Triage where your fate is decided by a system of plastic colour-coded tags His system was simple if you received a red tag then you would be treated a yellow and be left alone but a blue meant death Talzani knows he has no time to decide wether a person can be cured or not there are too many injured coming in in the aftermath of war Would you believe that sometimes I am so tired or the cave is so dark I am not even sure of the colours I give them My little tags are for them because they need to believe there is a system For me I know it is all fate It is from him that we learn about the nature of modern war There is no pattern to who lives and who dies in war In war people die because they do Modern war is more about firepower than manpower Gone are the days where landscapes were filled with foot soldiers attacking each other in the masses This is replaced with artillery tanks helicopters and fighter jets Talzani has a sense of belonging as he says Homeland
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