Although ISIS is seen as a brutal and violent regime practising an "intrinsically Islamic" barbarism, Al Jazeera argues that Mexican drug cartels have killed far more people and far more Americans at a "rate of more than one killing every half hour for the last seven years."
U.S. media have especially hyped ISIL’s violence against Americans. This summer ISIL beheaded two Americans and has warned about executing a third; additionally, one U.S. Marine has died in efforts to combat the group. By contrast, the cartels killed 293 Americans in Mexico from 2007 to 2010 and have repeatedly attacked U.S. consulates in Mexico. While ISIL’s beheadings are no doubt outrageous, the cartels tortured, dismembered and then cooked one of the Americans they captured — possibly eating him or feeding him to dogs.
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