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Letters: Violence in Muslim world

Journalist James Foley during a May 2011 interview

Journalist James Foley during a May 2011 interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show Foley's was released Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, of Rochester, N.H., was kidnapped in 2012 in northern Syria where he was covering civil war. Credit: AP / Steven Senne

Once again an American journalist meets a grisly and propagandized end, and the murderers tell us that another captive journalist will suffer the same fate if President Barack Obama doesn't alter U.S. actions in the Middle East ["Officials: U.S. journalist beheaded," News, Aug. 20]. The killing is similar to the murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.

In the intervening years, horror has been piled upon horror. The organizations use different names -- Islamic Jihad, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram, Hamas, Al Shabaab, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Abu Sayyaf, Ansar al-Sharia, Hizb ut-Tahrir -- but they have a commonality.

They each claim to act and speak in the name of Islam which, Americans are constantly reminded by politicians and media, is a religion of peace. It is difficult to reconcile this worldwide violence in the name of Islam.

Bernard A. Bilawsky, North Massapequa

The horrific beheading of journalist James Foley had better be the wake-up call for President Barack Obama to take decisive action beyond expressing outrage. There are other journalists in that region who are in danger.

Foley was a brave American doing what he loved -- reporting and photographing events in Syria and surrounding areas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

John Amato, Fresh Meadows