Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday at the United States embassy in Paris that there was a "rationale" for the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this year, in contrast to the recent attacks last week in Paris.
“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that," Kerry said in Paris, according to a transcript of his remarks.
"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,” he continued.
In January of this year, 12 people were killed at the magazine offices by Islamic jihadis. "An al Qaeda statement claiming responsibility for the murders said they were retribution for the magazine's decision to run cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, and to avenge the drone strike that killed Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki."
The magazine continued to make fun of the terrorists by publishing a cartoon on the front of their latest issues that was captioned, "They have guns, f*** them, We have champagne!"