Imagine if a group of fourteen year old boys approached an eight year old boy and and said, "If you call us bullies, you may very well get beaten up."
Or if a crowd of legitimate Italian businessmen cornered a debtor and discretely reminded him that it wasn't unheard of for their other debtors to have their knees smashed in.
Or if Pakistani foreign affairs spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said, regarding Pope Benedict's criticism of Islamic violence, "Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence." [hat tip: Best of the Web Today]
That sounds like a threat.