Europeans Reject Bin Laden 'Truce'
Five weeks after a series of bombs killed 191 people on trains in Madrid, Arab television networks on Thursday aired an audiotape, purportedly of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in which the speaker offered not to attack any European nation that withdrew its troops from Muslim countries. “I am offering a truce to European countries,” said the recorded voice, which the CIA said it believed was that of bin Laden. Addressing “our neighbors north of the Mediterranean,” he offered not to attack “any country which does not carry out an onslaught against Muslims or interfere in their affairs.” European governments quickly rejected the offer, but analysts said the message appeared to mark a new strategy of trying to manipulate antiwar sentiment in Europe to bring pressure on governments that support the United States. Full Story