Secretary of State John Kerry backtracked from his remarks to U.S. Embassy in Paris that there was "a legitimacy" or "rationale" to January's terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo.:
Now, let me make my point as clearly as I can: There are no grounds of history - religion, ideology, psychology, politics, economic disadvantage, or personal ambition - that justify the slaughter of unarmed civilians, the bombing of public places, or indiscriminate violence towards innocent men, women, and children. And such atrocities can never be rationalized, and we can never allow them to be rationalized. There's no excuse.