His messages offers a carrott and a stick, neither of which amounts to much. The stick is his claim that more attacks are on the way. Gee. Didn't we hear that from him and one of his buds just before the 2004 elections? They've been planning these for a long time, then, so it's nice to get a little update. Chances are, if something was really afoot, the last thing he would do is tip his hand with a threat like this.
Well, what about the truce offer, then? There's the Islamic doctrine of hudna, a temporary truce to allow the "holy warriors" to rebuild their strength so they can gain advantage and rejoin the battle when the enemy is off guard. But, really, do we have any reason to doubt Osama's sincerity here? He wouldn't lie. He probably just wants to give us a break. With all the recruits and funds pouring into his organization due to Chimpy McBushitler's illegal war al-Qaeda's probably never been in better shape. He barely has enough time to make these tapes, he's so busy training the new guys.
Oh, and that "innocent" family of villagers killed by "mistake" in Pakistan? It was no mistake (emphasis added):
CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Jazeera on Thursday aired an audiotape from Osama bin Laden, who says al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offers a truce on "fair" but undefined conditions. The CIA has authenticated the voice on the tape as that of bin Laden, an agency official said.That's got to be good news, unless of course you're an Angry Leftist or MSM spinmeister trying to bash Bush. But I repeat myself.
The tape's release came days after a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan that was targeting bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, and reportedly killed four leading al-Qaida figures, including possibly al-Zawahri's son-in-law. There was no mention of the attack on the segments that were broadcast.
It was the first tape from the al-Qaida leader in more than a year -- the longest period without a message since the Sept. 11 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States.
Welcome back, Osama. Hope we can help you on your way soon to meet your 70 raisins, assuming they're also available in the hot spot.