"We know that the majority of your people want this war to end and opinion polls show the Americans don't want to fight the Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their (US) land....
"But Bush does not want this and claims that it's better to fight his enemies on their land rather than on American land.
"In response to the substance of the polls in the US, which indicate that Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their land, we do not mind offering a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stick to.
"We are a nation that Allah banned from lying and stabbing others in the back, hence both parties of the truce will enjoy stability and security to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by war.
"There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of billions from going to influential people and warlords in America - those who supported Bush's electoral campaign - and from this, we can understand Bush and his gang's insistence on continuing the war."Flashback: Bin Laden's first use of lefty talking points:
He mocked Mr Bush for his conduct immediately after the September 11 attacks, talking about him preferring to stay in a classroom, "listening to a child discussing her goats", leaving "50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone".
Bin Laden's attack was reminiscent of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 which used footage of Mr Bush in the first minutes after being told of the attacks continuing to read My Pet Goat to children.Tape Is a Month OldWorld's Most Alarmist Website: It's a Diversion!Kossacks Weigh In: Bush Is OBL's Puppet
I know Bush doesn't have the brains to compete with Bin Laden - but I sometimes wonder if his advisors keep Bin Laden out there to help Bush's ratings out.Kossacks Weigh In: OBL Has Given Dems a Gift!Update: U.S. Intel: No Signs of Looming Attack
Intelligence officials said authenticating the tape, released by the television network Al-Jazeera Thursday morning, could take between several hours and several days — and perhaps through the weekend.Update: NYT:
The voice sounded short-winded on the tape and lacked the charismatic tone typical of Mr. bin Laden's past recordings.Bombs Backfire: Afghans Rally, Chant "Death to Al Qaeda"Previously: 90% of Afghans Reject Bin LadenDU Turds Question the TimingUpdate: Jazeera Didn't Broadcast Entire Tape
The network's editor in chief, Ahmed Sheik, said the full tape is 10 minutes long and that four "newsworthy" excerpts were broadcast, the Associated Press reported. Sheik would not say what was on the rest of the tape or comment on when or where it was received.Update: Time's Analysis: Jealousy?
Despite directly addressing Americans, its primary purpose may nonetheless be to remind Arab and Muslim audiences of his existence, and to reiterate his claim to primacy among the Jihadists....
[I]n the year of Bin Laden's silence, he has begun to be supplanted as the media face of global jihad by Musab al-Zarqawi, whose grisly exploits in Iraq grab headlines week after week. Not only that, Zarqawi may even be running operations abroad.... Although Zarqawi two years ago swore an oath of loyalty to Bin Laden, he is believed previously to have had something of a competitive relationship with the al-Qaeda leadership. And the public statements attributed to Zarqawi and those of Ayman al-Zawahiri have been noticeably at odds over questions of beheading kidnap victims and of wanton violence against Shiite Muslims. Zarqawi may have embraced the Qaeda brand with Bin Laden as its figurehead, but his essentially autonomous field operation in Iraq has become the movement's center of gravity.McClellan: We Don't Negotiate With TerroristsPreviously: Report: U.S. Negotiating With TerroristsUpdate: It's HimU.S. intel authenticates Bin Laden audio