Terrorists looking to spread holiday fear
ISIS has issued a chilling threat against the Vatican just weeks before Christmas, where tens of thousands of people from around the world gather to celebrate the Christian holiday.
A pro-ISIS propaganda channel called Wafa Media made the threat through a poster depicting a vehicle attack, according to the Site Intelligence Group, who monitor terrorist activity.
The poster reads “Christmas Blood,” showing a masked jihadist driving a BMW towards St. Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis holds mass.
A rifle and backpack can be seen next to the jihadist, who’s using GPS navigation and driving fast.
ISIS has made threats to the Vatican and Europe in the past, especially around the Christmas holiday.
Days before Christmas last year, an Islamic terrorist plowed a semi truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12 people and injuring 56.
Several countries have already indicated their capitulation to Islam to avoid offending potential jihadists.
France has decided to shutter their Paris Christmas Market, which sees around 15 million attendees every year, and instead will keep the Ramadan festival this year.
And UK-based supermarket chain Tesco launched a politically correct “Christmas” ad featuring Muslims, Sikhs and a gay couple, but no Christians – in an ad meant to celebrate the Christian holiday.
Notably, Pope Francis also has a conciliatory view of ISIS, likening Islam’s spirit of conquest to Jesus’ sending out his disciples to spread the Word of God.
“It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam, however, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest,” the Pope told French media last year.
It’s not unreasonable to assume that if ISIS did manage to carry out an attack in the Vatican that the mainstream media would immediately downplay the carnage and demonize anybody as “racist” or “Islamophobic” who points out the radical Islamic fundamentalism that inspired the attack in the first place, the same way they did after the horrific Berlin Christmas market attack.
“Beyond the immediate panic and horror, there also appears to be a potentially more pernicious reward to the forces of the political far right best positioned to capitalize on such a tragedy,” wrote CNN’s David Andelman the day after the attack.