From observing the terrorists in Israel for the past decade-plus, it's pretty clear that terrorists only offer "truces" when they need time to regroup and rebuild. If anything, Osama Bin Laden's truce offer should push America and our allies to greater, more vigorous action against terrorists around the world and we should in no way accept the offer. The last thing we want is to give al Qaeda a chance to regroup; instead, we should press our offensive even more powerfully and hope to wipe out these cancers once and for all.

Al-Jazeera on Thursday aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden, who says al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce "with fair conditions." ...

The speaker did not give conditions for a truce in the excerpts aired by Al-Jazeera.

"We do not mind offering you a long-term truce with fair conditions that we adhere to," he said. "We are a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat. So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war.

"There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America," he said.

It's considerate for him to emphasize that there's no shame in his offer, considering that it should be pretty clear to every observer that he is the one in the weaker position.

Al-Jazeera's editor-in-chief Ahmed al-Sheik would not comment on when or where the tape was received. He said the full tape was 10 minutes long. The station aired four excerpts with what it "considered newsworthy," he said, but would not say what was on the remainder.

So Al-Jazeera is editing al Qaeda's press releases to make sure they maintain the proper imiage? That's nothing new.

President Bush, of course, won't accept the offer. I'm sure his thoughts on the matter a similar to mine, plus there's no way to know that OBL actually has any control over any upcoming terror attacks. He may be funding and training various terror groups, but would they actually stop planning attacks just because he says so?



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