By Pamela Geller – BarbWire guest contributor
Obama, his spokesteenager at the State Department and his newly appointed hafiz at the newly created counter-terrorism tweeting center are fighting back ……. on Twitter. Unicorns and moonbeams are standing by waiting to be deployed.
But back on earth in the real world, Italy is sending thousands of its soldiers into the streets of Italy to defend their soil against the jihadist war.
Back in June 2014, I published reports of the Islamic State’s plan to attack Italy. I have written repeatedly (here and here) of the imminent threat to Europe now that the Islamic State has joined with other jihad groups that have taken over Libya. Now Italy is manning their cities with soldiers and the Vatican.
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“Italy agrees to put 5,000 soldiers on the streets amid fears of Islamic State attack,” By Dion Dassanayak, Express, February 18, 2015
ITALY have tonight agreed plans to put almost 5,000 soldiers on the streets amid fears of potential attacks from Islamic State (IS) militants.
Italy have agreed to put almost 5,000 soliders on the streets amid fears of an IS attack The troops will guard sensitive sites and targets, including in Rome where around 500 members of the military will be deployed.
In the Italian capital the soldiers will help guard Jewish schools, the city’s synagogue and diplomatic residences.
The measures, announced after a meeting of military and security officials, will be implemented until at least June.
Authorities consider Rome particularly sensitive because it is home to the Vatican.
The risk is imminent
In the past, Islamic militant websites have posted vague threats against Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church.The news comes amid rising fears of attacks by Islamic extremists in Italy after the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by terror group IS.The atrocity, shown in a gruesome video released on Sunday, happened on the Libyan shore of the Mediterranean Sea which is a short boat ride from Italy.Pope Francis earlier today labelled the film a “barbaric assassination” of innocents who he said were killed for their faith.Entitled “A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross”, the IS video shows Coptic Christians handcuffed and dressed in orange jumpsuits.In the sickening five-minute clip their blood can later be seen filling the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Pope Francis called those who died in the propaganda film “martyrs”.Speaking today, he said: “Their only words were: ‘Jesus, help me!’ They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.”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.”There is rising in concern in Italy about IS establishing a presence on the shores of the Mediterranean just a few hundred miles from them. They estimate that at least 200,000 refugees and immigrants are poised to soon cross into Sicily and Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost territory.Authorities fear that terrorists could covertly try to sneak into Italy with the thousands of migrants who are making their way across the Mediterranean.Prior to the latest IS video emerging, Italy’s defense minister Roberta Pinotti told the Il Messaggero newspaper: “The risk is imminent.”We cannot wait any longer. Italy has national-defence needs and cannot have a caliphate ruling across the shores from us.”
Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of PamelaGeller.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), (Simon & Schuster). Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
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