During an appearance last night on CNN, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen declared that he thought moderate Muslims were partially responsible for acts of jihadist terrorism, especially in the light of the recent attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“I do hold Muslims responsible, to this degree,” he told Don Lemon. “I don’t think we can solve this problem, Don.” Cohen called on moderate Muslims to fully denounce terrorists and their actions. “Until they speak out in that way, I don’t think we’re going to see much progress. And I think that’s a responsibility they have.”
He then referenced an incident in which Lemon asked a Muslim human rights attorney, point-blank, whether he supported ISIS. “He gave a very wishy-washy answer,” Cohen said. “Why can’t a moderate Muslim like that just come out and say, ‘these guys are slitting the throats of Western journalists, raping and slaughtering in Iraq and Syria, and I personally do not support this?’ No! We got a very vague answer!”
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