Surrendering to terrorism

04.15.04

Everyone’s talking about the latest so-called Osama tape, on which he supposedly offers Europe (but not the US of course) a “truce” if they comply with Al Qa’eda’s demands.

The only question is which European country *ahem France ahem* will be the first in line to surrender. After all, appeasement worked with Hitler oh-so-well, didn’t it?

In the meantime, Bin Laden is apparently ranting and raving in usual fashion about Israel and the Palestinians and swearing “revenge” for Ahmed Yassin’s assassination:

“Our actions come in response to your actions of destroying and killing our people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. It is enough to witness the event that shocked the world, the killing of the elderly, wheelchair-bound Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, God have mercy on him, and we pledge to God to take revenge on America,” the man on the tape said.

Something makes me wonder just how much Arafat appreciates the sentiment, though. Anyone remember this?

“I’m telling him (bin Laden) directly not to hide behind the Palestinian cause,” Arafat said in an interview published in London’s Sunday Times newspaper.

Bin Laden “never helped us, he was working in another completely different area and against our interests,” Arafat said.

That was December of 2002, when Arafat – in English anyway – felt it wasn’t savvy to be seen as being too cozy with Al Qa’eda. Now it’s April 2004, and perhaps Arafat has learned that the world doesn’t care. They’ll surrender to terrorism… just as long as they get to trash Bush in the process.

We’ve come a long way.

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