The author takes us into the true pysche of the Arab mind in a way that only an Arab can do. In sublimely sensnsuous prose he relates the story of how the battle for "Hearts and Minds" can never be won by those who perpertrate wars where the innocents will always be the real victims.It is the story of one young ordinary peaceful man who becomes radicalised when his his family, religion and values are violated in a brutal yet all too frequent way. It portrays the real horror of the consequences of war. A must read for anyone who is really interested in the perspective of the Arab, his way of thinking and the futility of armed conflict that does nothing to ameliorate any differences rather it exacerbates them. It is also an excellent read, a page turner that will sweep you along and leave you in deep reflection.