Kerry Marks Terrorism Anniversary Without Mentioning Terrorism
Secretary of State John Kerry marked the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo and Jewish market attacks in Paris without mentioning terrorism.
Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed 11 people and wounded 11 more at the newsroom of the satirical magazine on Jan. 7, 2015. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the massacre. The cartoonists at the magazine were on their hit lists for drawing Mohammad.
Two days later, the Kouachis' friend Amedy Coulibaly killed four and wounded nine at the Hypercacher kosher market in Porte de Vincennes. He pledged allegiance to ISIS. Coulibaly is also believed to have shot and wounded a jogger on Jan. 7, 2015, and shot two people on Jan. 8, killing a policewoman.
"We honor the victims of this tragedy and share the sadness of their loss," Kerry said in a statement Thursday evening. "Their legacy endures as a challenge and inspiration to all of us. Charlie Hebdo continues to publish, and journalists around the world continue in their essential mission to tell the stories that people everywhere need to hear."
"No country knows better than France that freedom has a price, and that no rationale can justify attacks on innocent men, women, and children," he continued. "But what was intended to sow fear and division has, in fact, brought us together. We must remain committed to protect each other and renew our determination to turn this moment of profound loss into a lasting commitment."
"Just as we tackle today’s most daunting challenges side by side, the United States and France will always stand together."
Over at the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest did put the T-word with the anniversary.