DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg denounced a Croydon caller to his LBC radio phone-in who suggested that American foreign policy may be to blame for the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.
A man, who identified himself as 'Omar from Croydon' agreed with Mr Clegg in denouncing the attack on Wednesday in which 12 cartoonists, journalists and police officers were shot dead.
However, he said said anger over the magazine's controversial cartoons was "the straw that broke the camel's back", and the focus on those cartoons was "superficial".
During the show on Thursday morning (January 8), the Liberal Democrat Leader said: "There can be no excuse, no reason, no explanation [for the killing]. They have killed cartoonists who have done nothing more than draw drawings."
He then criticised Omar, who had said: "Why is the rest of the discussion not brought in? If they feel that America was complicit in torture globally, Iraq being invaded…"
Mr Clegg replied: "There is no link which can in any way seek to explain such a random, such a cruel, such a cowardly act as what we saw in Paris yesterday."
Watch video footage of the call below: