Bin Laden has crawled out from whatever rock he has been hiding under to issue a new tape. On it he says he is planning more “operations” against the United States. He also offers a “long truce,” presumably if we will pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan so that they can be “rebuilt.”
Let’s remember that a truce to Islamists is not a peace treaty, but simply a temporary measure to gain an advantage until final victory can be won. So in spite of his bluster, bin Laden must feel under pressure to be offering even a truce. And if we gave him one, we would still have to confront him at a later date.