While speaking to reporters in France this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to imply that he understood the rationale behind the awful Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier this year that left 12 people dead.
“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry said in Paris, according to a transcript of his remarks. “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, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”
“This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people,” he continued.
Kerry appears to have been trying to make a point about the nuances of the motive behind the Charlie Hebdo killings as compared to the devastating attack last Friday which left nearly 130 people dead.
His words ended up suggesting that the Charlie Hebdo killers had a legitimate gripe when they slaughtered 12 innocent Parisians for the crime of publishing an illustration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, an act that is strictly forbidden in the Muslim religion.
Kerry, who initially used the word legitimacy before correcting himself and instead using the word rationale, decided not to clearly explain why he felt compelled to try and differentiate the reasoning for the two attacks rather than simply acknowledge that both atrocities were completely unwarranted, unnecessary, and equally evil murders carried out under the same radical banner of Islam.
The GOP field has already begun to speak out against these strange comments and Kerry’s words come at a time where the country is already noticeably frustrated with the Obama Administration’s tepid response to the rise of ISIS.
As of Tuesday night, there is no indication that the Secretary of State plans to walk back or apologize for his comments.