To the editor of THE EAGLE:

On the op-ed page of the May 9 Eagle, Nicholas D. Kristof writes a heart-wrenching report on the status of the hundreds of kidnapped teenage school girls in northeast Nigeria. He tells of the desperate parents and the actions being taken worldwide to find and save these unfortunate girl prisoners. Kristof describes the perpetrators as "fanatics" and tells us that their name "Boko Haram" means Western education is a sin.

The words "Islam" or "Muslim" do not appear anywhere in this article. The fact that the kidnappers are extreme Islamic religionists is deliberately hidden from Kristof's readers. The leader of Boko Haram, as seen on television, has stated: "The kidnapping is the will of Allah." Boko Haram is one of many extreme Islamic groups worldwide committed to jihad (war) against the infidel (non-Muslims).

We Americans, mainstream Muslims and our government must fight against the violent action of extreme Islamists to prevent another 9/11 here in the US. We hope and pray these young girls, whose only crime was seeking an education, are quickly found and returned unharmed to their families.

MARTIN SILVER

Lenox