Liberal Vox founder Ezra Klein told Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday that the shooting attack at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was not about cartoons or religion.
“I don’t really agree that this was about the cartoons in the way people are saying it is. I don’t think this is about the cartoons any more than a rape is about what about the victim is wearing or a murder is about the street the person is walking down.”
Klein said this tragedy is about the “lunacy of the murderers who did it,” asserting it was unprovoked slaughter.
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“Many people see these cartoons. Many people do not go on mass killing sprees. And this was about the lunacy of the murderers who did it. And if they hadn’t gone to the offices of this magazine, they might have blown up a bus, they might have gone on a different kind of killing spree. But I think that saying it’s about the cartoons is a little bit within their frame. And these are people who wanted to kill.”
O’Donnell was not in agreement with Klein’s assessment of the terrorist attack on the journalists and police. He told Klein that police want to establish a motive early in the investigation.
“Well, you know, in motive, in crime investigations, the first place the police go is they ask the people who did it why they did it. They told us very clearly today why they did it. They said they were avenging the prophet. So, I get your point, Ezra. I don’t see why my judgement should override what the killers actually told us.”
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h/t: The Right Scoop
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