Kerry’s warped view

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

This news­pa­per has too of­ten had cause to com­ment on the in­com­pe­tence of John Kerry, the US Sec­re­tary of State — the walk­ing em­bod­i­ment of the re­verse Mi­das touch. Yet his com­ments on last Fri­day’s mur­ders in Paris are, even by his own stan­dards, shock­ing. Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing them from the Char­lie Hebdo killings — and not even both­er­ing to men­tion the mur­ders in the kosher Hy­per Cacher — he said: “There’s some­thing dif­fer­ent about what hap­pened from Char­lie Hebdo, and I think ev­ery­body would feel that. There was a sort of par­tic­u­larised 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’. This Fri­day was ab­so­lutely in­dis­crim­i­nate.” Noth­ing bet­ter ex­plains why US for­eign pol­icy has been so dis­as­trous un­der Pres­i­dent Obama than the knowl­edge that his Sec­re­tary of State thinks there was a ra­tio­nale be­hind Jan­uary’s mur­ders — as if those in­volved in “this and that” were clearly so in­fu­ri­at­ing that it is un­der­stand­able that the ter­ror­ists should have mur­dered them. Such com­ments would be out­ra­geous from a street thug. From a US Sec­re­tary of State, they are sim­ply con­temptible.

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