Osama bin Laden’s latest message. Most observers, including the White House, seem to have missed its significance. In it, bin Laden offered us a truce (an offer we should have accepted, if only to attempt to seize the moral high ground). The Koran requires Moslems to offer such a truce before they attack. The fact that bin Laden himself made the offer, after a long silence, suggests al Qaeda attaches high importance to it.
An interesting senario plays out: AQ attacks again, say in Los Angeles. This gives Bush a huge, much needed boost in popularity (because most Americans will miss the fact that this is proof that he has FAILED in the War on Terror). This then gives him the excuse to attack not AQ, but county #2 in the Axis of Evil: Iran. The writing is on the wall.