November 1, 2004


Osama Casts His Vote (WILLIAM SAFIRE, 11/01/04, NY Times)

The unremarked news is that this mass murderer evidently seeks a kind of truce. Although some coverage of his pre-election message noted an unexpected "conciliatory tone," we have not fixed on the reason for this change in his attitude.

"Each state that does not harm our security will remain safe," bin Laden promised, which was "why we did not attack Sweden, for example." His unmistakable import: if the U.S. were to stop our war on Qaeda terror, which has killed or captured an estimated 75 percent of his closest collaborators, that would be what he called "the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan ..." Stop warring on terror and you will "remain safe."

Generals do not call for a truce when they're winning. Only warriors thrust on the defensive become conciliatory, hoping that negotiations will give them time to regroup and resupply. Bin Laden's vain hope seems to be that the defeat of Bush will give him time to buy or steal a horrific weapon as an "equalizer."

Worked for the Soviets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2004 7:25 AM

Might it be that the "change in his attitude" is the result of the havoc wreaked upon his organization by the President and our military?

Posted by: DL Meadows at November 1, 2004 7:20 PM