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Bill Clinton: Muslim Leaders Have To Do More, "But I Don't Think You Can Blame The Religion"

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Paris terror attack on Wednesday's broadcast of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.

"I agree that Muslims leaders have to do more to combat extremists, but I don't think that you can blame the religion," Clinton said.

"You read the profile of these two guys who were most prominently involved in the killing and how they got sucked into this by somebody essentially using religion, and religious politics, to advocate the world’s greatest double standard -- if you come to our country, we won’t let you worship the way you want, we won’t let you say what you want to say, we won’t let you do what you want to do. However, we have come to your country, therefore we have the right to do whatever we want to do, including kill you if you make us mad," Clinton said.

"This is not about religion," Clinton said. "This is their use of religion to legitimize murder for their own financial, political gains and somebody needs to say it's not true. But it will only been heard by the people who are the targets of the recruitment if they're Muslim leaders."

FMR. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I agree that Muslims leaders have to do more to combat extremists, but I don't think that you can blame the religion. These people are politicians, guerrillas, stone-cold killers. They are just throwing the religion out to try to lure more and more converts in and legitimizing cold-blooded murder. But I think when the Egyptian president appeared with a Coptic Christian and spoke against it. The Jordanian King has for years been outfront even though his country is somewhat vulnerable to the extremists.

And you're seeing more and more people speak up. I think it's really important. I think the same thing happened a couple of weeks ago when all those schoolkids were murdered in Pakistan. Finally, you had people in the society saying we've got to go after these people and we got to stop letting them pretend that they're speaking in the name of their religion.

Basically they're operating in a shame-based environment. You know, they know they are not as wealthy as some other places, they know they are not creating opportunities and that's a lot of trouble. It's a lot of work to get up and build something and it's a lot easier to tear a barn down and make kids play with guns and think they're going to heaven as soon as they get zapped for killing people who aren't and can't defend themselves.

I think this event in Paris, which was horrible, I feel so badly for the families, the French people, the people involved in the free press there. But it has galvanized the world to see this for what it is. You read the profile of these two guys who were most prominently involved in the killing and how they got sucked into this by somebody essentially using religion, and religious politics, to advocate the world’s greatest double standard -- if you come to our country, we won’t let you worship the way you want, we won’t let you say what you want to say, we won’t let you do what you want to do. However, we have come to your country, therefore we have the right to do whatever we want to do, including kill you if you make us mad.

It's just madness and I think it can be rooted out, if, but only if, the modernizing Muslim, the Arab Emirates, for example, Oman, which has tried to be a force in moving away from this, will do what they should do...

CLINTON: This is not about religion. This is their use of religion to legitimize murder for their own financial, political gains and somebody needs to say it's not true. But it will only been heard by the people who are the targets of the recruitment if they're Muslim leaders.

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