Thursday, January 19, 2006

Osama Returns

Al Jazeera has been playing an audio tape purported to be released by Osama bin Laden, in which he warns of upcoming attacks in America:

Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to build Iraq and Afghanistan.

The voice in the tape said heightened security measures in the United States are not the reason there have been no attacks there since Sept. 11, 2001. Instead, the reason is "because there are operations that need preparations, and you will see them," he said.

"Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do not mind offering you a truce that is fair and long-term. ... So we can build Iraq and Afghanistan ... there is no shame in this solution because it prevents wasting of billions of dollars ... to merchants of war." The speaker did not give conditions for a truce in the excerpts aired by Al-Jazeera.

Did you catch that? Osama (if it's him) started out his statement by pledging further attacks on American soil, but then ended by offering the U.S. a truce. If your B.S. detector doesn't start blaring uncontrollably, consider getting it fixed.

I'm not quite sure Osama realizes this, or if he actually thinks we're just that stupid, but you can't pledge your unutterable hatred of a nation with a promise of violence against it in one sentence and then offer up a truce with that nation in the next. It just doesn't work like that. You've got to choose one way or the other.

But hypocrises aside, the tape reeks of a man who knows the end is near. Osama is obviously aware that the United States comes closer everyday to curbing the influence of his brand of terrorism, and he's running out of resources. Through strategic air strikes and well-executed missile attacks many top al-Qaeda operatives have been captured or desposed of. Thus we've cut Osama's legs out from under him, so to speak. And now he's frantic.

For a man who hates everything that America represents, it seems awful fishy that he would want to call off the war on the infidels, even temporarily, to "rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan". The fact is, he's running out of options and he's just trying to buy himself some time to regroup.

Osama would never actually keep an honest truce, just ask Spain what they got for trying to appease the terrorists:

The train bombings in Madrid on March 11, 2004, killed 191. Three days later, Spaniards voted out the pro-war government and voted in the anti-war Socialists. The incoming prime minister vowed to promptly pull out Spanish troops from Iraq. Spain's reward? On April 2, 2004, Spanish authorities found a 22-pound bomb on a railway track between Madrid and Seville. And, later that year, in October, Spanish authorities foiled a plot to blow up their National Court, Spain's center for prosecuting terrorists. So much for Osama bin Laden's "offer," made a month after the Madrid train bombings, for a "truce" to any European country that stops "attacking Muslims" before a three-month deadline.

The administration, luckily, is much smarter than Spain. President Bush knows better than to give the terrorists any ground:

White House officials said the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

"Clearly the Al Qaeda leaders and other terrorists are on the run and under a lot of pressure," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "We do not negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business."

The MSM, however, is another story. Rather than recognizing Osama as the brutal, mass-murderer of innocents he is, they prefer to caption his photos "exhiled Saudi dissident". Forget about all that terrorist mastermind stuff, Osama is just misunderstood.

When will the MSM come to its senses? Wait, don't answer that.