U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has come under fire from critics for ‘understanding’ the rationale behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, but not the latest terrorist atrocity.
The Daily Caller reports:
Kerry flew to France following the G20 talks in Turkey and delivered remarks at the U.S. embassy on the Paris attacks, which left 129 dead, CBS News reports.
“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry said. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, ‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.’ This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate.”
In the middle of his talk, Kerry was quick to scrub out his use of the word legitimacy and substitute it for rationale, but the damage was done. Commentators demanded serious action against Kerry for what appeared to be a loose justification of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, which resulted in 11 dead and 11 injured. Two Muslim brothers part of al-Qaida burst into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, and opened fire in retribution for an apparently offensive rendition of the prophet Muhammad. For the Paris attacks, Islamic State claimed responsibility.
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