Is it ever justifiable to intentionally target innocent civilians in order to achieve political or military ends? Eighty, 81 and 86 percent of British, Canadian and American citizens say never. But only 46 percent of Iranians say never. A striking 24 percent of Iranians say attacks on civilians are often or sometimes justified, and 6 percent say such attacks are completely justified.
The previous sentences are lies, dangerous lies.
The fact that these lies nestle so easily into our presumed knowledge suggests why we need to reconsider what many of us think we know about Islam—and ourselves. This important new book is a great place to begin such a rethinking.