Osama bin Laden Offers Truce.
In a new tape, the first in thirteen months, Osama bin Laden explains why no attacks on American soil have been carried out since 9/11 and offers the possibility of a long-term truce (watch part of the tape here, it's worth it).
Some in the West have already suggested the al-Qaeda may in effect be ready to negotiate. A precedent of bin Laden living up to his word exists, as the Spanish withdrawal from the Coalition of the Willing after the Madrid bombing did indeed result in complete cessation of hostilities towards that country.
From the US came the same old and tired rhetoric in response to the offer:
The US quickly rejected the truce offer made on the tape.
"We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
From PM Blair no doubt the same strongman's talk will also follow swiftly. As long as the PM realises that one of the greatest successes of his Government was the signing of the Good Friday agreement, was achieved after years of arduous... negotiations with terrorists... But from this hubris-filled hypocrite nothing good is to be expected. Perhaps Cameblair could see an opportunity? Don't get your hopes up...
Keywords: bin Laden, al Qaeda, Bush, Blair, Iraq, Afghanistan, mcclellan, al Jazeera