The Italian government is on high alert after the Islamic State threatened to conquer Rome – with Allah’s permission, of course.
A recent video that appeared to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya included balaclava-clad extremists armed with an ominous message.
“Today we are south of Rome,” one masked militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.”
Since Libya is just a stone’s throw across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy, Italian authorities are playing it safe by deploying 5,000 troops to guard embassies and monuments across the country. I mean, if thousands of refugees can make it across every year (minus a few drownings…), how hard can it be? Which is exactly why Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano urged NATO to intervene “for the future of the Western world,” adding “ISIS is at the door. There is no time to waste.”
But the Italian people aren’t too worried about the impending threat – because they know how bad Italian traffic is.
Using the Twitter hashtag “#We_are_coming_o_Rome”, Italians have responded to the Islamic State with warnings about traffic, bureaucratic corruption, and a few restaurant recommendations – because why not?
Besides, could ISIS really do more damage in Rome than Dutch football fans?