The Islamic State (aka: ISIL, ISIS or Daesch) identified Mexico as one of 60 ‘enemy nations’ in a video last month. The threat was laughed at by the populous country which has seen more than its fair share of violence.
We’re talking about a country with a drug lord who has beheaded 49 captives then dumped the carnage on a highway.
The violent drug war in Mexico has claimed in excess of 111,000 lives, so the threat of death was ridiculed by the country’s citizens. The good people of Mexico have had to live with violence.
In the words of Octavio Paz via the Latin Correspondent:
“To the people of New York, Paris, or London, “death” is a word that is never pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, however, frequents it, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and most steadfast love. Of course, in his attitude perhaps there is as much fear as there is in one of the others; at least he does not hide it; he confronts it face to face with patience, disdain, or irony.”
After the Islamic State’s threat, social media users in Mexico flooded the hashtag #IsisEnMéxico with tweets and memes ridiculing the Middle East terrorists.
El Universal reported that 55 percent of tweets with the hashtag #IsisEnMéxico contained humourous, positive, and sarcastic content. By contrast, 45 percent contained words such as ‘fear’, ‘terror’, ‘war’, and ‘threats’.
This tweet translates to, “If there were terrorists in Mexico, each of them would look like a gorgeous shepherd meat ball for tacos.”
— Kid Calavera (@KidCalavera) November 26, 2015
“ISIS In Mexico, OMG!”
— Jaime Sänchez Juarez (@Jaimesanchz) November 26, 2015
“Absolutely ready for war….”
— Ernesto Ulloa (@_ULLOA_) November 25, 2015
“ISIS in Mexico. Come on motherfuckers, you won’t even know where the banana hit you!”
“Mexico closes its borders to face ISIS.”
— Rey Otako (@Draksou) November 25, 2015
“ISIS in Mexico and meanwhile our army.”
— Korno Espinosa (@korno) November 25, 2015
“We are prepared LMAO.”
— Julianita (@julisjun) November 25, 2015
“If there were terrorists in Mexico, their bombs would get stolen and they would be kidnapped.”
— I4 (@IrvingMor) November 26, 2015
“Elite forces against imminent.” (These are rough translations, OK?)
“Every Mexican when they found out about ISIS in Mexico.”
— ChilaquilEnmascarado (@ElChilaquilsoy) November 25, 2015
“If there were terrorists in Mexico they would live in a white house, and would let El Chapo escape.”
#SiEnMéxicoHubieraTerroristas vivirían en una casa blanca, ademas
dejarían escapar al chapo.
— DANIEL CRUZZ (@DANYELCG) November 26, 2015
“ISIS in Mexico would have too much competition here. I think they are not going to stand out.”
— GeronimoDeSade (@GeronimoDeSade) November 25, 2015
Daesch probably made this threat after it was reported by the Washington Times, the New York Post, Forbes and Fox News that drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had taunted and threatened to wage war against the Islamic State, but as Snopes points out, that’s false because the rumor started on a satirical site, then was picked up by the aforementioned sources.
The satirical site wrote that El Chapo said, “You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p*ssies. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”
“My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a wh*re that tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their heart and tongue torn from them.”
And so, ISIL went on to threaten Mexico, then the country roared with laughter.