He’s baaaack, and he’s playing a tune loved by liberals.
In an audio tape broadcast on Aljazeera, Osama bin Laden has warned that al-Qaida was preparing an attack very soon, but also offered Americans a “long-term truce”.
“The new operations of al-Qaida has not happened not because we could not penetrate the security measures. It is being prepared and you’ll see it in your homeland very soon,” the voice attributed to bin Laden said, apparently addressing Americans.
But the voice on the tape, which appeared to be aimed at the American public, also offered a truce: “We do not mind establishing a long-term truce between us and you.”
The tape, broadcast on Thursday but dated to December last year, comes after a year of silence from the al-Qaida leader.
“This message is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end those wars,” it began.
“It was not my intention to talk to you about this, because those wars are definitely going our way.
“But what triggered my desire to talk to you is the continuous deliberate misinformation given by your President [George] Bush, when it comes to polls made in your home country which reveal that the majority of your people are willing to withdraw US forces from Iraq.
Americans want peace
“We know that the majority of your people want this war to end and opinion polls show the Americans don’t want to fight the Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their (US) land.
“But Bush does not want this and claims that it’s better to fight his enemies on their land rather than on American land.
“Bush tried to ignore the polls that demanded that he end the war in Iraq.
“We are getting increasingly stronger while your situation is getting from bad to worse,” he told the US, referring to poor US troop morale and the huge economic losses inflicted by the war.
“The war in Iraq is raging and the operations in Afghanistan are increasing.”
“In response to the substance of the polls in the US, which indicate that Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their land, we do not mind offering a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stick to.
“We are a nation that Allah banned from lying and stabbing others in the back, hence both parties of the truce will enjoy stability and security to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by war.
“There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of billions from going to influential people and warlords in America – those who supported Bush’s electoral campaign – and from this, we can understand Bush and his gang’s insistence on continuing the war.”
Addressing Americans again, he said: “If your desire for peace, stability and reconciliation was true, here we have given you the answer to your call.”
Bin Laden, who had not been heard of since a 27 December 2004 audiotape in which he anointed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq’s most wanted man, as al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq, also said his network was winning the war against the US.
“I would like to tell you that everything is going to our advantage and the number of your dead is increasing, according to Pentagon figures.”
Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s deputy, said in a September videotape that his leader was still alive and leading the jihad against the West.
Osama is a very smart man. What he’s saying here is that Americans should listen to the anti-war leftists who believe negotiation is the best way to deal with terrorists. He’s in fact offering to end the attacks if the US withdraws from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In other words – you play nice and we’ll play nice.
Don’t believe it for a second.
While Al-Qaida has been weakened significantly, and even more so recently as a result of the bomb attack which killed key members, they are still a formidable opponent. They haven’t softened their views on Americans. They are still radical murderers. But they’re shrewd politicians as well, and this latest message is clearly a clarion call to the left in this country.
I hope and pray that the Democratic party isn’t stupid enough to fall into Osama’s trap.