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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Beware Takiya

Greetings to all after an involved week!

Today, Reuters and the Associated Press are breaking the story of a new tape purported to be from our old friend, Osama bin Laden. As I post this, AP is also reporting CIA sources as identifying the tape to actually be the old weasel himself.

Normally, I don't pay these tapes much mind when they "surface" -- they usually say the same things anyway. However, today's episode contains a truce offer! Here's the text of the tape.

Praise be to God, our conditions are always improving, becoming better, while
yours are the opposite.

Really?? I may be unemployed, but I'm not hiding in a cave somewhere, wondering about my next dialysis treatment.

Iraq has become a point of attraction and recruitment of qualified resources.

Is he talking about terrorism resources? The recent peaceful elections in Iraq and their growing sovereignty is what throws me off.

At any rate, I find it provocative that bin Laden sounds a lot like American liberals, no? If the rational reader finds it ironic that the fox surfaces in the midst of international disgrace and a losing cause to offer a truce - as if it's his to offer - may I offer an opinion?

Getting to the subject of this post, I couldn't help but think of the Islamic principle of Takiya, which has historically been used by Muslims losing a conflict, and needing time to rest and regroup. Most famously, Muhammad himself used it in the Hudaybiyah region to put the residents of Mecca at ease before breaking the truce and conquering them two years later.

Arafat used this same term after the Oslo "peace" accords with Israel to reassure Palestinians that their time was coming to drive the Jewish people from their God-given land.

Takiya, to the Arab, means to lull the enemy into a false truce in order to strengthen your position and resources to eventually attack an unsupecting target.

I can't help but wonder if this is the same concept bin Laden has in mind now. If so, we have no option but to stay the course. Freedom is on the rise (regardless of the hopes and aspirations of the liberals and terrorists).

With all my qualms with the Bush administration, I am very glad that we can count on them to respond strongly to this latest bluster.


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