diagnosed with the HIV/AIDS virus. “When I first started seeing my friends die, I wanted to write a book where all the characters died in the beginning, say in the first twenty-five pages or so” (18). The sole purpose of Koolaid, The Art of War is to portray the meaninglessness of life and to show that the only thing that is certainin life is death. Throughout the story the one thing that is for certain is death through the chaos of a civil war and AIDS virus in the United States. The story displays death in numerous of ways such as the death bed of AIDS infected individuals and instant deaths of those in war in Lebanon. The author writes about death various of times. "I am back in Beirut. In a stable, hiding. He asks me what I am doing. I tell him I killed him. He is lying on the ground, dead. We both look at his body" (p. 75). The narrator is dreaming and of killing his father which happens throughout the story neither is it associated with death. He seems to be fascinated at the sight of his father’s dead body. For some characters death is looked at in a humorous way instead of a serious matter. The issues being addressed in the story makes it very clear that the civil war affects people everywhere outside of the war zone, HIV/AIDS virus, and the homosexuality lifestyle has an impact on the people in Lebanon. It’s vital to know that the one thing people can’t control is death. It is displayed through the art that due to AIDS people lose controls of their bodies due to their internal organs shutting down.