It seems the news of the day is the purported new Osama bin Laden tape, in which he assures the US that terrorist operations are "under way" in the United States and "it is only a matter of time".
But then.....he offers a truce.
“We do not mind offering you a long-term truce with fair conditions that we adhere to,” he said. “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.
“There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America,” he said.
The rhetoric is similar to bin Laden's previous "truce" offer to Europe, and should be taken with the same grain of salt as far as their intentions of actually following through with it. God may have forbidden them to lie and cheat, but my parents forbade me to chew tobacco, and we all know how well THAT worked.
But for al-Qaeda to offer a "truce" to the "Great Satan"? Don't know about you, but that tells me someone's a) trying to make himself look peaceful (especially after blowing up Muslim civilians) and b) desperate enough to make deals with people he considers "infidels" after roundly condemning everyone else who does.
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
UPDATE: Chad over at Cake or Death adds his own pleasantly-pungent take on the issue.