Apparently, everyone's favourite demented lunatic, Osama Bin Laden has released another audio tape (just when we all thought he was probably dead). Now that we're all scared silly of the great Boogeyman of our times...the upshot of it is, he's made his usual threats:
"[Terror] operations are under preparation, and you will see them in your homes the minute they are through [with preparations], with God's permission," bin Laden warns.
But in there was the offer of a conditional truce...no more attacks will be carried out if US forces pull out of Iraq.
"We don't mind offering you a long-term truce on fair conditions that we adhere to," bin Laden says on the tape. "We are a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat. So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war."
Did you get that? Osama didn't say, "We will Jihad until the infidels are destroyed, and the world converts to Islam." He said in effect, "You stay out of our backyard, we'll stay out of yours."
The US Government has said it doesn't negotiate with terrorists. That's their perogative, I guess. Dick Cheney has also said that we can't believe Bin Laden.
The safe alternative, I guess, is to trust Cheney.
So...we've seen the efforts of the news media over the last few years to bring us the "truth". What can we believe? That Osama is not the complete monster that the US government wants us to think he is?
I'm NOT defending Osama, or terrorists. I think September 11 was a horrendous thing. But so is the number of Iraqi civillians and Coalition soldiers killed because of the lies told to us by...our own governments (The US, UK and Australia).
Who are the terrorists and who can we trust?
Food for thought.