BY MATTHEW ARCHBOLD on The National Catholic Register
ISIS executioners killed 21 Coptic Christians in a horrific video released this week. The lead executioner speaking in English, pointed his knife and vowed “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission.”
And the world wonders what he means by this cryptic statement.
Heck, the world can’t seem to figure out who the terrorists are or what their motive is, despite them telling anyone who will listen their goals.
So we look to our political leaders, our best and brightest to offer some clarifying answers on this perplexing mystery. The White House, commenting on the massacre, lamented the loss of “Egyptian citizens.” In its statement, it failed to mention the faith of the victims which seemed rather important to those actually doing the executing.
But the mystery deepens. This is not the first time, the radicals have mentioned this “Rome” as their target. In July of last year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘Islamic State,’ vowed to lead the conquest of Rome. “Rush O Muslims to your state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims,” he said. “This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
Hmmmm. More cryptic statements. But I’m sensing a pattern here.
In November of last year Thursday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whose job description seems to be threatening Rome and killing “citizens,” promised that the Islamic State will not stop its jihad until Rome is conquered. “By Allah’s permission, they [US-led coalition] will be defeated. And indeed the Muslims will be victorious,” he said. “By Allah’s promise, they will be victorious. And the march of the mujahidin will continue until they reach Rome.” Hmmm. More clues? But what could he mean? This is random violence, after all, right? Pope Francis, on the other hand, was a rare clarifying voice on the world stage. In a short statement about the murdered Christians, he said:
Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!” They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians.
Hmmmmm. The plot thickens. It seems Pope Francis seems to think these murders might have had something with their Christianity. I guess, it’s just another way the Church is out of step with the 21st century.
You’d think that if there were a large group of people out there killing Christians by the hundreds it might make the news in a pretty prominent way. But I’ve watched the news recently and only saw reports that Governor Scott Walker may not believe in evolution and that Governor Chris Christie is anti-science. So it can’t be that, right?
If only we could figure it all out. You know, if there are killers out there who have killed many times before and vow to come to kill you, you don’t want to wait until they’re at the door to prepare.
If only we could figure out what they mean by this threat to conquer Rome. More investigation is clearly necessary.
I suggest, and suspect, “Rome” is simply a catch-all for “Godless” (as they see it) Judeo-Christianity. I doubt if they make the slightest distinction between Richard Dawkins and Ex-Pope Benedict.
…Off with all our heads.
JH will tell us when it’s time to act.
“More investigation is clearly necessary.”
I’d have thought it was simply time to kill them all.
The White House, commenting on the massacre, lamented the loss of “Egyptian citizens.” In its statement, it failed to mention the faith of the victims
They’re petrified of playing into the “Crusaders” narrative that the Jihadists are so fond of. We in the West seem to be scared of our own shadows these days, and lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
The poem seems very timely
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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These days, over and over again, I keep thinking of Martin Niemoller’s poem that contains the famous lines: “They came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me….”
In Qur’anic terms Rome (Ar-Rûm, الروم) referred to the empire centred in Constantinople, now of course in Turkey. And I suggest that is “the Rome” the Libyan asses are referring to.
I think the Turkish sultans even styled themselves “Caesar” (قیصر), just like toads’ favourite Habsburgs as well as the Russian, German, Bulgarian and Serbian royals. Italian Rome is referred to in Arabic as “Rûma” (روما), at least nowadays.
Some kind soul had better tell those Libyan boys about this so that they don’t behave un-Qur’anically, sin and apostasise by attacking the wrong Rome, before it’s too late.
Steve over on EX MAGNA SILENTIUM gives a pertinent response to the question within the title, wondering what they (Islamic terrorists) “mean” with their diabolical threats to “Rome”:
“Last week, the demon-mongers in the Mideast affectionately known as Islamic State burned the Jordanian pilot alive in a cage. Then the Islamic State demon-mongers showed off their parade of Coptic Christians in cages which culminated in their beheading on a beach in Libya, coupled with declarations by the devil’s own that they will conquer, not Moscow, or Westminster, or Washington, but Rome. So, why Rome? As we know, it is the physical temporal location for the true Church established by Jesus Himself. That is a message everyone with the ability to think ought to get, and tells very much. We heard also only a couple of days ago of the murder of two people in Denmark by another muslim demon-monger and learn of their infiltration in that country. As an aside, the devil has also subtly convinced people to use the acronym “ISIS” or “IS” instead of Islamic State, which takes the focus off the religion behind this, his own.”