January 19, 2006


Bin Laden Warns of Attacks, Offers Truce (AP, Jan 19, 2005)

Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. [...]

"Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he 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 ... to merchants of war."

What's left of al Qaeda knows they're losing bad, even if Democrats don't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2006 1:44 PM

Interestingly enough, there's almost no substantive difference between the Osama bin Laden truce offer and the John Murtha withdrawal plan. Wonder if the MSM will notice?

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 19, 2006 1:54 PM
HUDNA - Arabic word often translated as "cease-fire.- Historically used as a tactic aimed at allowing the party declaring the hudna to regroup while tricking an enemy into lowering its guard. When the hudna expires, the party that declared it is stronger and the enemy weaker. The term comes from the story of the Muslim conquest of Mecca. Instead of a rapid victory, Muhammad made a ten-year treaty with the Kuraysh tribe. In 628 AD, after only two years of the ten-year treaty, Muhammad and his forces concluded that the Kuraysh were too weak to resist. The Muslims broke the treaty and took over all of Mecca without opposition.


Posted by: Jorge Curioso at January 19, 2006 2:30 PM

OJ, this is the best title for a post, ever. Brilliant!

Posted by: H.D. Miller at January 19, 2006 2:45 PM

If you started calling the Democrats the Kuraysh tribe of North America, do you think they'd be able to figure out the association?

Posted by: John at January 19, 2006 3:28 PM

Obvious Karl Rove plot to build support for NSA surveillance. They would have made a videotape, but Rove looked ridiculous in the fake beard.

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 19, 2006 3:31 PM

Show me the coordinates.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 19, 2006 4:57 PM

AQ is playing the same game Dems did in late 05.

They know that the US is going to sharply draw down troops in Iraq this year, and want to make it look like some one in the Administration did a deal.

"Look, we didn't attack, and they are withdrawing."

Clever way to play a losing hand.

Posted by: Bruno at January 19, 2006 7:33 PM

Jorge: thanks for that "hudna" item. Some of us had known about it. It is sort of like "Punic faith"--you know, the thing which comes before a "Carthaginian peace."

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 19, 2006 8:21 PM

Any takers for the cease fire? Gore? Dean? Kerry? Fats Wallow?

Posted by: Genecis at January 19, 2006 8:34 PM

Fantastic! We'll send our very best negotiating team right over: Gore, Dean, Clinton, Reid, Murtha, Schumer, Pelosi, Kerry and Leahy. Did I forget anybody?

Posted by: John Resnick at January 20, 2006 1:42 PM