In an appearance on NewsMax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Wednesday, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan reacted to the week’s events tied to the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
According to Buchanan, Charlie Hebdo effort was “really foul” and had risks.
“Given what’s happened since the Ayatollah put the fatwa out on Salman Rushdie, you ought to realize if you’re going to insult the prophet and write foul cartoons about him, you’re risking the real problem for yourself,” Buchanan said. “That’s just the real world.”
Buchanan went on to counter the Obama White House’s reluctance to associate the incident with Islamic extremism.
“There’s no question about it, this is an atrocity, an act of terror,” he continued. “These guys acted in the name of Islam by what they said — ‘Allahu Akbar’ and we have avenged the prophet and we come out of al-Qaida,” Buchanan said. “They’re trying to identify themselves with Islamic movements all over the world and what the president is trying to do is saying we will deal with them as terrorists, but we don’t want this battle with the Islamic world. I understand that and I do believe this.”
Despite acknowledging the risk, Buchanan made an effort to express his disapproval of the terrorist act.
“I don’t say they should be shot and killed or that Muslims should shoot and kill them, but I thought that was disgusting, outrageous, and offensive and I would not march and say ‘Je Suis Charlie’ on that, no,” Buchanan added.
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