Killing of journalist not an ‘execution’

Why do some newspapers refer to the killing of James Foley as an “execution”?

The Islamic State is a gang of psychopathic killers with a political agenda. With regard to Foley’s death, there was not even the semblance of due process in the Islamic State’s recent action-but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Therefore, let us not lend an air of legitimacy to the Islamic State by reporting such killings as “executions.”

Foley’s death was murder, plain and simple.

THOMAS C. NAST

Gloversville