THE ISLAMIC STATE IS NOT a particularly friendly organization. Considering the barbaric way they treat their captives and their constant violent threats towards other Muslims and pretty much the entire rest of the world, it’s understandable that when they start shouting, people tend to sober up pretty fast.
Enter Italy. Last week, ISIS supporters began Tweeting using the hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome. The messages understandably put the Italian and Vatican authorities on guard against possible attacks, but the Italian people on Twitter responded in the best way possible:
With travel advice.
#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome ahahah Be careful on the highway-Ring Road: there’s too much traffic, you would remain trapped!
— Alessio Conte (@alessioconte28) February 19, 2015
#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome hey just a tip: don’t come in train, it’s every time late!
— Giuseppe Di Chiara (@Giu_DiChiara) February 19, 2015
— Sara (@EthicalRobot) February 20, 2015
— Mauro Giulivi (@Giulivello) February 20, 2015
One ISIS supporter Tweeted, “We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual,” which led to him being roundly mocked for his typo:
What other things better to throw off ‘Leaning Tower of PIZZA’ Smoked Salmon Parmesan Mushrooms Prawns Pineapples Damn I’m hungry now — Misschoo (@hellomisschoo) February 22, 2015
Part of the Islamic State’s apocalyptic rhetoric involves a prophecy that the caliphate will defeat “Rome” in a final battle that involves the anti-Christ. What “Rome” actually means is unclear — Italy in its current form did not exist when Islam started as a religion, and Rome was a totally different entity. Some believe that when ISIS says “Rome” they’re really talking about the West, maybe Turkey, or possibly the United States. Regardless of who they are talking about, though, one can only hope that the rest of the world manages to hold onto their sense of humor as well as the Italians have.