. . . using old-fashioned, politically incorrect words such as "civilization" and "barbarism."
"Civilization" is still out of good odor these days, but "barbarism" and "barbarian" . . .
. . . seem to be catching on.
Editorial, "The Islamic State's campaign of terror will take more than words to stop," washingtonpost.com, August 20, 2014. With each day, the barbarism of the Islamist extremists terrorizing Syria and Iraq becomes more evident -- as does the need for the United States and its allies to act more vigorously to block their rise.
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[James] Foley is one among thousands of victims murdered by the Islamic State as it has conquered territory in Syria and Iraq. Mr. Obama summed up its record all too well. "They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence," the president said. "They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion."
Jon Lee Anderson, "The Men Who Killed James Foley," newyorker.com, August 20, 2014. Faisal showed me a recent video of his son, posted on an ISIS Web site, on his smartphone; it shows a black-turbaned young man [Faisal's son] mounted on a horse, talking in heavily accented Finnish, and smiling into the camera. Calling himself Abu Shuaib al Somali, Sayid says, "The rule of Sharia will even come to Finland, and if you get called then, alhambulillah, you'll enter Jannah" -- paradise -- "inshallah and Allah will take care of the ones you've left behind. I asked Faisal what he thought of ISIS, and about what his son is doing. He shook his head sadly, raised his hands helplessly in the air, and said, "They are the new barbarians."
"Civilization" probably won't catch on in quite the same way, but condemnations of barbarism carries this logical message: Barbarism is bad; not-barbarism is good. What is not-barbarism? Not quite civilization, perhaps, but a good start in that direction.