posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 12:32 AM
I think that the possibility of an attack on the Vatican is certainly something the Al Queda would like to see. Whether they succeed, or not, is
another matter. From my pitiful understanding, Al Queda sees the "war of terror" as a reassertion of the Muslim religion and way of life. For
example, it's interesting that they hit Spain....there's a long view of history in which fanatic Muslims still have not forgotten, or forgiven, the
Muslim expulsion for Spain. Certainly, I would think, that a fanatic Muslim would see all Christianity as a monolith and not distinguish between
denominations. Thus, they would see the Catholic Church as representative of all Christianity and all that they perceive, rightly or wrongly, that
Christianity has done to them. The original source of trouble was between the Muslim world and the pre-Reformation Catholic world. So, I would
assume, there is great hatred for the Pope and all he represents.
Would the Pope wear a bulletproof vest? I don't think so. He seems to have a fatalistic view of life and of history and would think that, whatever
might happen to him, would be part of God's plan. I do think that his security people WILL take extraordinary steps during Holy Week....not only to
protect the pontiff, but the thousands of Catholics who will be in Rome on pilgrimage.
Frankly, I will be glad when Holy Week passes. No concrete evidence on my part, just an uneasiness. Perhaps it's because the symbolism is just so
great that I can see that terrorists would want to use the Vatican and the Pope as symbols.
As for the "end times" prophecies, I've read a thousand of them and am convinced that no one has a clue what will really happen or if it will
happen as people have interpreted the "end times".
Not much of an answer to your post, but my two cents.