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Bin Laden 'Truce' Offer Reveals Terror Network in Tatters
HumanEventsOnline ^ | 1/20/06 | Editorial

Posted on 01/20/2006 7:33:26 AM PST by teddyballgame

Osama bin Laden's taped message is the strangest evidence to emerge that the U.S. is winning the "information war" with al Qaeda and is new proof that al Qaeda's famed media unit is in tatters, says Rich Miniter, author of Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. (Click here to order from Amazon.)

It was not long ago that the propaganda arm of al Qaeda could easily get videotapes onto al Jazeera in hours. But the new tape played on al Jazeera took upwards of five weeks to move from bin Laden to al Jazeera.

Could al Qaeda's network be fraying? One thing is for certain: Al Qaeda's reliance on a network of human couriers to smuggle these tapes suggests fearfulness and potential apprehension.

Bin Laden's offer of a "truce" to help rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan is actually an attempt to rebuild support among Muslim populations in those two countries, who have borne the brunt of terrorist attacks since 9/11. With Muslim opinion increasingly alienated away from bin Laden the truce and rebuilding effort is a last chance effort by bin Laden to win back the hearts and minds of his one-time Muslim supporters.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; binladen; obl; obltape; olivebranch; truce

1 posted on 01/20/2006 7:33:28 AM PST by teddyballgame
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To: teddyballgame

Sad day for the RATS.


2 posted on 01/20/2006 7:35:11 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: teddyballgame

Bin Laden doesn't need a Truce, he needs to Surrender!


3 posted on 01/20/2006 7:35:22 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Article makes a good point, why really was the tape produced. I beleive Bin Laden and his minions are on the run and the tape was produced to rally his waning support.

Offering a truce is something you do when you are losing.


4 posted on 01/20/2006 7:40:48 AM PST by teddyballgame (red man in blue state)
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To: AmericanMade1776
A truce for IRAQ? Why the Dem's believe Iraq has no connection to Bid Laden.I would hammer that message out if I were the republicans
5 posted on 01/20/2006 7:41:36 AM PST by patriciamary
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To: teddyballgame

Muslims don't make deals with the 'infidels'.


6 posted on 01/20/2006 7:52:05 AM PST by Leg Olam ("There is no Hell. There is only France." F. Zappa)
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To: teddyballgame

Sorry, Lucy, I'm not going for the football again. I'm still sore from the previously predicted ends of al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.


7 posted on 01/20/2006 7:53:10 AM PST by BinaryBoy
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To: patriciamary

Too bad we don't have leaders that could make a counter-offer: like turn over OBL within 36 hours or we toss every muslim out of America and turn all the mosques into Porky's House of Bacon.


8 posted on 01/20/2006 7:54:06 AM PST by newcthem
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To: teddyballgame
At least a truce is a better deal for the US than Representative Murtha was offering.
9 posted on 01/20/2006 8:05:15 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Fat Ted: Alito is the judge, Mojito is what you're drinking. Try to remember the difference.)
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To: teddyballgame

Or is it a way from him to be able to say "I tried to offer a truce, but Bush wouldn't take it and thus I attacked your infidel country"


10 posted on 01/20/2006 8:08:03 AM PST by eyespysomething (Let's agree to respect each other's views, no matter how wrong yours might be.)
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To: teddyballgame

Hey Bin. Start your offer with your unconditional surrender by turning yourself in to the US troops in Afghanistan, followed by your buddy Omar the nose picker turning himself in and polish it off with the rest of your sorry group crawling out of their respective caverns and holes and turning themselves in. Kapish?


11 posted on 01/20/2006 8:08:22 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: eyespysomething

I'm thinking it's more along those lines. He is trying to position himself as a some kind of a political leader in the islamic world. He's delusional, but issue an offer of truce implies stature on the level of being able to negotiate with the leader of the free world. I do believe his threat of attacks is just hot air.


12 posted on 01/20/2006 8:30:08 AM PST by farlander
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To: teddyballgame
Offering a truce is something you do when you are losing.

While I agree they are loosing. It's how they work, it's a tribal jihad thing that they must offer a truce. They offered a truce to europe, europe rejected and they attacked. They offered a truce to us in 1996 and in 2001 a month before 9/11. It's all about us meeting their demands, which are basically us surrendering. It doesn't mean they are in tatters...

13 posted on 01/20/2006 8:33:56 AM PST by CJ Wolf (BTW can someone add 'zot' to the FR spellchecker?)
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To: Lee Heggy123

I suspect that if the Mooselimbs' grenade belt wing is in tatters, the "blame" goes to Allah, not to the Infidel. In a word, any setback is the will of Allah, not the superior technology of the West.


14 posted on 01/20/2006 9:15:50 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: CJ Wolf
They offered a truce to us in 1996 and in 2001 a month before 9/11.

Source for this?

Although it is temporarily interesting, in terms of an Iranian nuke; if he plans on using it.

But Osama forgets that the US is the only country in the world to have nuked civilians. Twice.

If he wants to lose Mecca, then nuking the US is a good way to do it...

16 posted on 01/20/2006 9:54:20 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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