The LA Times reports on life in Mosul after its takeover by the Islamic State:
Those who disobey Islamic State’s fundamentalist edicts — including banning smoking or doing business during daily prayer times, and requiring women to cover their heads and faces — are whipped. Or worse. Late last month, two doctors were executed, according to ousted officials who continue to communicate by phone with Mosul residents, for having failed to save the life of an Islamic State leader wounded in an airstrike.
“The people of Mosul, a lot of them were educated overseas and they’re facing this primitive mentality,” said Atheel Najafi, governor of surrounding Nineveh province and scion of an old Mosul family, who was forced to flee when the city fell to the Sunni militants in the summer.
“In many ways, this is a clash of civilizations,” he said, “Day by day it gets worse. People are becoming more and more backward.”
But we wouldn’t want to insult the doctor-killing, women-whipping barbarians, because that would be wrong.