Bin Laden Offers
Truce in Purported Tape
By LEE KEATH
(Direct descendent of Karl
Marx! - tha malcontent)
Associated Press Writer Jan 19, 1:04 PM MST
CAIRO, Egypt (AP)
— 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."
(ap) - I have
two outcomes of this "Truce" call, as it relates to the "Free Press" and the
Left. If Bush (43) Entertains this TRIPE from what is said to be bin
Laden, the Left will call him Weak. If he Refuses to Negotiate with this
Terrorist, the Left will call him a Warmonger who never wanted peace with these
"Arabs". It may only take until tomorrow's New York Times to find out!
For the remainder of Bush (43)'s Presidency, there will not be ONE thing that he
does that the Left does not Attack him for, or call for his Impeachment over.
It's the Definition of Bitter Petulance, and if they had any Shame, they would
stop Harming our Soldier's Mission for Political Gain. - tha malcontent)
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 purported 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.
Al-Jazeera said the tape was recorded in the Islamic month that corresponds with
The speaker refers to an alleged comment by President Bush about bombing the
Qatar headquarters of Al-Jazeera, which was first reported in the British press
on Nov. 22.
He also refers indirectly to the July 7 bombings in London that killed 56 people
and to poll numbers that showed a fall in Bush's popularity, as occurred in late
The voice on the tape said he was directing his message to the American people
after polls showed that "an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of
American troops from Iraq but (Bush) opposed that desire."
He said insurgents were winning the conflict in Iraq and warned that security
measures in the West and the United States could not prevent attacks there.
"The proof of that is the explosions you have seen in the capitals of European
nations," he said "The delay in similar operations happening in America has not
been because of failure to break through your security measures. The operations
are under preparation and you will see them in your homes the minute they are
through (with preparations), with God's permission."
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,"
There was no immediate confirmation of the tape's authenticity, although the
voice resembled that of bin Laden's in previous messages.
The last audiotape purported to be from bin Laden was broadcast in December 2004
by Al-Jazeera. In that recording, he endorsed Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi as his deputy
in Iraq and called for a boycott of Iraqi elections.
He issued numerous tapes in 2003 and 2004, calling for Muslims to attack U.S.
interests and threatening attacks against the United States.
In an April 15, 2004, audiotape, he vowed revenge against the United States for
Israel's assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin - and at the same
time offered a truce to European countries.
Bin Laden appeared in a video released October 2004, just ahead of U.S.
presidential elections, saying the United States can avoid another Sept. 11
attack if it stops threatening the security of Muslims.
Since December 2004, bin Laden's deputy in al-Qaida, al-Zawahri, has issued a
number of video and audiotapes, including one claiming responsibility for the
London attacks, which he said came after Europe rejected the terms of a truce
al-Qaida had previously offered them.
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.
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