Hat tip Gates of Vienna
Tariq Ramadan is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al Banna. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and, of course, speaks native French. He is considered one of the most influential Islamic intellectuals in the world. Due to his suspicious connections, he was banned for several years from entering the US, a ban that was lifted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Previously, he lost his teaching position at Erasmus University in Rotterdam due to his having a program on Press TV, Iran's English-language news organ. In 2005, he aroused controversy with a letter advocating that a "moratorium" (not an outright end) on stoning be issued in the Muslim world until Islamic scholars could study the issue of it being applied unjustly to the poor and powerless. Most recently, he has issued the below comments on the murders in Toulouse. The below link from Gates of Vienna has the statement both in English and in the original French. In the statement, Ramadan blames the tragedy on the isolation from French society that Merah was supposedly subjected to.
Make no mistake; Ramadan is a formidable intellectual figure, but here he ranks right up there with other Western apologists who try to rationalize for the horrible act of Mohamed Merah. It is despicable.
In a related devolpment, French police have now charged Merah's brother, Abdelkader, with conspiracy in the case.