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Friday, January 20, 2006

Bin Laden: Attacks on U.S. Being Prepared

Bin Laden: Attacks on U.S. Being Prepared

The voice of Osama bin Laden was heard for the first time in more than a year Thursday, saying new attacks in the United States were being prepared but offering a "long-term" truce if U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. The tape quieted speculation that his long silence meant he was dead.
Addressing the American public on an audiotape delivered to the al-Jazeera television network, the al Qaeda leader noted antiwar sentiment in the United States and said that a withdrawal would allow the opposing sides in the conflicts to "enjoy security and stability.
The Bush administration quickly rejected bin Laden's offer. 'We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business,' said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. Vice President Cheney told Fox News Channel: 'It sounds to me like it's some kind of ploy. This is not an organization that's ever going to sit down and sign a truce. I think you have to destroy them.'

Ugh. I can't say I don't agree with the Govt. on this one. You can't go killing 3,000 innocent people and expect a truce... Then again, we've killed at least 30,000 innocent Iraqis in Bush's little "war for reasons yet to be determined", so we should watch what we say in the area of not agreeing to truces. Remember: Iraq - NOT the war on terror. That's an important thing to note.
On the tape, bin Laden depicts inevitable U.S. defeat. 'Don't let your strength and modern arms fool you. They win a few battles but lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are much better. We were patient in fighting the Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years,' he said, referring to the 1980s war in Afghanistan, 'and we bled their economy and now they are nothing. In that there is a lesson for you.'

Should we point out that the US helped in this war against the Soviet Union with our "strength and modern arms"?
U.S. intelligence analysts have judged the tape to be authentic, an intelligence official said. Bin Laden speaks in a low voice; the sound quality is generally poor."

Someone should really just buy Osama better recording equipment. He needs a producer. Like Pharrell. Or that crazy haired "wall of sound" guy.

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