I agree with you Rick, very eloquently put. However the main point I’m arguing relates to the prevalence of such acts of barbarism, I do not deny their contemporary existence. We are acutely aware of the perverseness of ISIS and Al Qaeda because we have been inundated by such messages in the media. Our attention is focused on the comparatively small number of modern warring groups because such ways of life are so diconnected from our lived experience (which if you’re fortunate enough to be living in the developed world, is an existence that for the most part is devoid of violence). Our availability bias makes us assume that the world is a more violent place then it really is. The purpose of the article was to shed light on this dynamic and expose the prevalence of violence in ages past. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts!