President Barack Obama followed up his recent probing and informative interviews with YouTube celebrities by granting an interview to liberal blog Vox, during which he claimed the terror attack on a Paris kosher deli was “random.” (RELATED: Vox Founder: France Shooting Has Nothing To Do With ‘Cartoons Or Religion’)
Look, the point is this: my first job is to protect the American people. It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris. We devote enormous resources to that, and it is right and appropriate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that — the same way a big city mayor’s got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive. But we also have to attend to a lot of other issues, and we’ve got to make sure we’re right-sizing our approach so that what we do isn’t counterproductive. [Emphasis added]
It isn’t clear what the president means by calling the attacks “random.” The deli shooter, Amedy Coulibaly, had previously pledged support for ISIS, and his wife even recently filmed a propaganda video for the group calling for more terror attacks on France.
Furthermore, the choice of target was far from random. Porte de Vincennes was a kosher deli servicing the local Jewish community. All four of Coulibaly’s murdered hostages were French Jews. French President Francois Hollande has even said the hostage situation “was obviously a horrible anti-Semitic attack.”