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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Breaking News: "Truce" Offered By Bin Laden (Look Up Defintion of "Hudna")

A tape of a message allegedly from Osama bin Laden offers a "truce": "The delay in similar operations happening in America has not been because of failure to break through your security measures. But the operations are happening in Baghdad and you will see them here at home the minute they are through (with preparations), with God's permission," he said."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." What to make of this? It is not a sign of strength (see, discussion of "hudna" below), but it is a sign of political opportunism by someone who certainly does not see decisive victory anywhere on the horizon. My hunch is it's an effort to further sway American (and Western) public opinion against the war in Iraq, and the war on terror generally, by offering an apparent opportunity to put an end to the hostilities and justify a drawing down of troop strength. If and when that occurs, it will be back to business as usual for al Qaeda since a truce does not achieve the objective of a world-wide caliphate. Also, and this is important but will be largely ignored, a "truce" in Islam with non-believers is called a "hudna" and is limited to a ten year period. It is offered when Muslims are in a weakened state. I can't wait to see who from the tin-foil-hat-brigade comes out first to suggest we at least "explore" this option.
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