• Obama Condemns Paris Terrorist Attacks, Didn’t Mention Islam

    President Obama delivered a statement on the terrorist attack underway in Paris Friday evening from the White House and pledged American assistance to French authorities.

    “Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” he said, “This is an attack not just on Paris and not just on people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

    Obama reminded Americans of the long standing alliance that the United States had with the France.

    “The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness,” he said. “We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberté, égalité, and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are the values that we share.”

    He pledged the U.S. would assist the French government respond to the deadly attacks.

    “We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice,” he said. “Those who think they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong.”

    Obama said he purposely did not yet call French President Francois Hollande because “the situation is still unfolding,” but said he will contact Hollande in the coming days to coordinate a response.

    Obama condemned “extremism” and “terrorism,” but did not describe the actions as a product of radical Islamic terror.

    “Until we know from French officials the situation is under control … I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this,” he said.

    The attacks occur as Obama and other world leaders planned to attend a summit on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin November 30. Reporters asked if the attacks would change his travel plans, but he did not respond.

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