Re "ISIS beheads US journalist in video, threatens another" (Nation/World, Aug. 20): Perhaps this is mere semantics, but words mean things. The evil man who murdered James Foley is a terrorist, not a fighter. The article mentions "a masked black-clad fighter with a knife in one hand," and then goes on to say he warned that more Americans would be killed if there were more U.S. attacks on ISIS "fighters". It goes on to say the "fighter then killed Foley."
I'm sorry, who exactly is this guy fighting? Journalists? Was Foley an opposing fighter? Are the Yazidis and other civilians that are being slaughtered by ISIS fighters for the other side?
No, Foley was an innocent civilian. He was murdered by a fanatical terrorist. ISIS is a group of terrorists who murder innocent civilians as a regular part of their mission. Don't dignify them by calling them fighters.
-- Tom Collier, Sacramento