Why is Bin Laden still around to offer up this dribble? If our President is really so concerned about his Global War on Terror shouldn’t he have removed this guy already?
“We have no objection to responding to this with a long-term truce based on fair conditions,” the speaker 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.
“Your president is misinterpreting public opinion polls which show that the vast majority of you support the withdrawal of your forces from Iraq.”
So far as this stupidity goes, I don’t see this as a ploy targeted to “Western” audiences as the BBC indicates but instead targeted toward Muslims. After all, support for the jihad is predicated on a widespread sympathy that Bin Laden is standing up for the interests of the common adherent. By extending this “truce” he’s working to maintain that image by contrasting himself with the big, bad US who invades Islamic countries and harms their citizens. He’s playing up that “we’re only hurting you (Muslims) because we love you” angle. If the US would be reasonable and declare a truce we wouldn’t have to engage in such a violent way.