Thursday, January 19, 2006

Osama's Gift to the Right

It has been more than a year since the last Osama Bin Laden audiotape. Or had been. Al-Jazeera is airing excerpts of a speech purportedly recorded by Bin Laden in December in which he offers the US a "long-term truce with fair conditions" (undisclosed in these excerpts)—a truce we can certainly count on because Bin Laden represents "a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat." Pity God stopped there. Strictures against murder would have been helpful, too. Alas.

It's highly doubtful that such a doctrinaire guy would actually be willing to compromise with the Great Satan, so there must be another angle here.
The voice on the tape said he was directing his message to the American people after polls showed that "an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq but [Bush] opposed that desire."
That's either the most moronic thing I've ever heard or it's brilliant. What better way to ensure that the bloodletting continues unabated than for the king terrorist to publicly ally himself with the anti-war left and the soft middle in America? Dastardly!

And what a gift to the right! Now, whenever the next Sheehan or Murtha comes along, right-wingers can (not incorrectly on this point) paint them as being sympathetic to the aims of Osama Bin Laden. That should lighten the debate in this country.
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