What total disdain you have for the readers of these columns. I do believe that most people have dictionaries. If you considered the readership to be too unlettered in the English language to use a dictionary or even, gasp, to understand the word sycophancy itself, why didn't you just use 'servile flattery' (instead of servile flatter) and read your title before pressing send?
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)
from the article: The mystery of America