Islamic terrorism continues to frighten and horrify the world.
On Saturday, two terrorist attacks in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, reminded the world that Islamic militants don’t like free speech or Jews.
At the same time, video of the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya was posted to the ISIS website, emphasizing that the terror group does not like Christians, either. An accompanying message warned that ISIS will soon conquer Rome.
The video production was titled: “A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross.”
Pope Francis responded with the following words: “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!”
Francis added: “The martyrs belong to all Christians.”
Almost one thousand years after the Crusades, militant Islam seems set on another major clash with the “Christian” world. In 1095, following the massacre of 3,000 Christians by Turks in the Holy Land, Pope Urban II rallied western countries to launch a “Crusade” against Islam, to ensure continued access by Christians to the holy sites in and around Jerusalem. The Crusades lasted almost two hundred years, finally ending in 1291.
What is happening now is a build-up to a major clash of civilizations, similar to the Crusades of a millennium ago.
Italy should feel particularly threatened. The country is only 450 miles from Libya, across the Mediterranean Sea. It is a gateway into Europe.
The southernmost point of Italy is the island of Lampedusa, which has been in the news a lot recently. Tens of thousands of migrants from North Africa and further south have landed on the island in search of asylum. From there, they seek admission into other EU countries. It is quite likely that, hidden amongst genuine refugees, are ISIS terrorists planning on further terror attacks in Europe.
The Director of the FBI warned at the weekend that terrorists could enter the US this way, pretending to be refugees. The same can happen in Europe.
The headline in Monday’s Independent newspaper (UK) sums up the situation: “The mass beheading of 21 hostages on a Libya beach sees the West’s worst fear made reality: Isis on the doorstep of Europe.”
The beheadings in Libya and the terror attacks in Copenhagen, which seemed to copy those in Paris last month, are a reminder that this is the “new normal.”
They come at a time when the West has no effective strategy to deal with radical Islam and when western civilization is effectively leaderless.