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Daily Beast: Obama Party Line Is 'Radical Islam Denial'

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 04:48 PM

The Obama administration's attempt on Tuesday to suggest that last month's deadly terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris was "random" and not anti-Semitic was no gaffe, according to the Daily Beast.

Far from being a mistake, "the statements by the president and his spokespeople had a clear synergy on Tuesday – and deep ideological roots," the website said.

In an interview with Matthew Yglesias of the liberal website Vox, President Obama was asked if Americans were overreacting to terrorism.

"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," Obama said.

A "serious interviewer" would have pressed Obama on what he meant by the word "random," but Yglesias did not do that, the Daily Beast opined.

So the task was left to White House spokesman Josh Earnest and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Earnest if Obama had "any doubt that those terrorists attacked that deli because there would be Jews in that deli."

Earnest answered that the victims were killed "not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be."

Earnest added that "there were people other than just Jews who were in that deli."

In fact, numerous media reports made it clear that the terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, had chosen to attack the deli because he was looking for Jews to kill.

Later in the day, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tried to make a similar argument using somewhat garbled prose. Psaki said the victims "were not all victims of one background or one nationality, so I think what they mean by that is, I don't know that they spoke to the targeting of the grocery store."

The Daily Beast points out that all four people murdered at the deli were Jews and were buried in Israel. Right after the terrorist attacks, the prime minister and president of France specifically denounced their anti-Semitic nature, and the French government dispatched 4,700 soldiers to guard Jewish institutions.

The denials that Jews were specifically targeted "follow naturally from the administration's worldview," according to the Daily Beast. "That they would deny the palpably anti-Semitic nature of the Paris attacks is predictable — it logically follows from the hesitance to admit that we are at war with a radical Islamist ideology."

The corollary to "denying that we have an enemy is that the enemy has targets," the website adds. "One of those targets – aside, of course, from Americans generally – are Jews."

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The Obama administration's attempt on Tuesday to suggest that last month's deadly terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris was "random" and not anti-Semitic was no gaffe, according to the Daily Beast.
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