The deficiencies of moralizing language

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has rightly provoked global condemnation of the insurgent group and its horrific tactics. Yet it has also led to a disturbing return of the moralistic language once used to describe al-Qaida in the panicked days after the 9/11 attacks.

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