Having read and enjoyed The Swallows of Kabul, I decided to carry on with Yasmina Khadra’s thematic trilogy by reading The Attack. Set in Israel, it tells of an Arab doctor who finds out that his wife has destroyed herself and others in a suicide bombing in a café. He’s unable to accept that his modern Arab wife would be capable of such destruction and goes about trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together. At first I was nervous about reading it because the last thing I wanted to expose myself to was a justification of suicide bombing, but was relieved to find that while it didn’t justify it, it explained the “reasoning” behind it very capably. While watching the music video Humble Simpleton shared with me, I was reminded of Khadra’s heartfelt description of how hideous the Separation Wall is both in appearance and implication for humanity as a whole.