We are constantly subjected to the liberal intellectual class proclaiming the barbarity of the Islamic State and they aren't wrong. What they are wrong about is their view of US-perpetrated violence, which they see as being altered, reformed, and improved through ethical and moral concerns. I don't know who said it first but whenever I see a liberal talking about ISIS I'm reminded of the mocking refrain "Vote Democrat for a kinder, gentler imperialism." Anyway, I recently published a piece at Cultura Critica on how the standard liberal view of the ISIS tends to glorify US violence. You can read that piece HERE.