But they sit on their thumbs nonetheless.
But they did sit there with the Pontiff and his cardinals all in a row, listening to the imam declaring victory over them. Personally, I believe that the Vatican is in control by some very feckless leaders and administrators. The paedophilia is just yet another indicator of its moral decline.
In case you didn’t notice, it’s the Dark Ages again and Rome may soon be under siege by snarling, bloodthirsty invaders waging Holy War.
At least that’s according to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in an audio recording marking the start of Ramadan last week. After swiftly seizing vast territories in Iraq and Syria, it appears he has now set his sights on the capital of Christendom as part of his stated intention to expand the self-proclaimed caliphate.
“In this virtuous month or in any other month, there is no deed better than jihad in the path of Allah,” said al-Baghdadi in the recording posted online. “So to arms, to arms, soldiers of Islam, fight, fight. 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. This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
Despite its medieval tone and apparent absurdity, the threat against the place that once launched the Crusades must be taken seriously, the Italian government has warned, both for its real and symbolic implications. And, while a conventional military strike on any Western city is unthinkable, analysts caution that the Sunni extremists are capable and perhaps willing to use terrorism beyond their Middle East strongholds.
Meanwhile in Rome, it’s business as usual. At least on the surface.
‘Those who bark like dogs don’t scare us.’