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John Kerry: Charlie Hebdo Attack Had ‘Legitimacy,’ ‘Rationale’ Behind It

kerryIn Secretary of State John Kerry‘s remarks at the U.S. Embassy in Paris Tuesday morning, he suggested Friday’s attack was different from the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier in the year, because the latter had a sort of “legitimacy” and “particularized focus” behind them.

“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry said according to the State Department’s transcript. “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.”

By comparison, Kerry argued, the simultaneous attacks Friday were “absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people. It was to attack everything that we do stand for.”

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