I rarely, if ever, write about international politics, particularly US politics.
But this story is too important to pass up.
From Al Jazeera (I know, I'm sorry, it's a rag, but I needed the quote).
"This message is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end those wars," it began. "It was not my intention to talk to you about this, because those wars are definitely going our way... But what triggered my desire to talk to you is the continuous deliberate misinformation given by your President [George] Bush, when it comes to polls made in your home country which reveal that the majority of your people are willing to withdraw US forces from Iraq... The new operations of al-Qaida has not happened not because we could not penetrate the security measures. It is being prepared and you'll see it in your homeland very soon," the voice attributed to bin Laden said, apparently addressing Americans... "We do not mind establishing a long-term truce between us and you."
How would I respond, if I were an American?
Well, I think it would be something along the lines of "Screw you," or "Up yours!"
And yet, there will be a bunch of misguided, hippie, peace-nik, treehugging, commie pinkos who will actually take this offer as being genuine.
I can hear the CBC now. "And George Bush refused to negotiate with bin Laden, who only wants to end the war and resume peaceful relations. We go live to a tiny group of student holding a candlelight vigil outside the American embassy..."