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John Kerry Lambasted Over ‘Appalling Moral Equivocation’ When Discussing Charlie Hebdo, Paris Terror Attacks

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Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 17, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Speaking in Paris Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry compared the Friday terrorist attack by the Islamic State with the radical Islamist attack on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this year.

“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, '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.”

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris Tuesday. (Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The satire magazine was attacked earlier this year for publishing a cartoon that Muslims found insulting.

By Tuesday afternoon, Kerry was heavily criticized on Twitter.

Speaking about the Friday Islamic State attack, Kerry was more definitive.

“It was to attack everything that we do stand for. That’s not an exaggeration,” Kerry said. “It was to assault all sense of nationhood and nation-state and rule of law and decency, dignity, and just put fear into the community and say, ‘Here we are.’ And for what? What’s the platform? What’s the grievance? That we’re not who they are? They kill people because of who they are, and they kill people because of what they believe. And it’s indiscriminate. They kill Shia. They kill Yezidis. They kill Christians. They kill Druze. They kill Ismaili. They kill anybody who isn’t them and doesn’t pledge to be that.”

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