U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remarked Tuesday thatthe attacks on Charlie Hebdo are much more understandable andhave a better rationale than the Friday Paris attacks.
Kerry flew to France following the G20 talks in Turkey anddelivered remarks at the U.S. embassy on the Paris attacks, whichleft 129 dead, CBS News reports.
“There’s something different about what happenedfrom Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,”Kerry said. “There was a sort of particularized focus andperhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, buta rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say,‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this andthat.’ This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate.”
In the middle of his talk, Kerry was quick to scrub out his useof the word legitimacy and substitute it for rationale, but thedamage was done. Commentators demanded serious action against Kerryfor what appeared to be a loose justification of the Charlie Hebdoattacks in January, which resulted in 11 dead and 11 injured. TwoMuslim brothers part of al-Qaida burst into the offices of CharlieHebdo, a satirical magazine, and opened fire in retribution for anapparently offensive rendition of the prophet Muhammad. For theParis attacks, Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki took to Twitter, saying thatâ€œJohnKerry should immediately resign or be fired. Saying there was arationale for the Charlie hebdo massacre isinexcusable.â€
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush readKerryâ€™s comments aloud while in SouthCarolina.
â€œThere should be no empathy andthereâ€™s no rationale for barbaric Islamicterrorists who want to destroy Western civilization,â€Bush said, according to The Wall Street Journal.
GOP Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted,â€œIâ€™m calling on Secretary Kerry to apologize for these offensive remarks.Terrorism is terrorism.â€
Theyâ€™re still waiting for Kerry to issue aresponse. House Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Ed Roycewants Kerry to correct the record as soon as possible.