CAIRO – Usama bin Laden's deputy said in a video message released Monday that the Al Qaeda leader's offers of a truce with the U.S. and Europe remained on the table, though he ridiculed President Obama as "the new face of the same old crimes."
In a video posted on an Islamic militant Web site, Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, scorned the American president over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the U.S. approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Nonetheless, al-Zawahri said "fair" truces offered by bin Laden were still valid.
In 2004, bin Laden offered a truce to European countries that do not attack Muslims. Two years later, he offered the American people a "long-term truce" without specifying the conditions, though in that same audio recording he also warned that his fighters were preparing new attacks in the United States.
"These offers were dealt with impolitely but are still valid, and the offer is fair," al-Zawahri said. "But they (Americans) want a relationship with us based on suppression."
"Obama is like a wolf whose fangs tear your flesh and whose paws slit your face and then he calls on you to talk about peace," he said.
Al-Zawahri has been critical of Obama since his election, even releasing a message that referred to him as a "house negro," a slur for a black subservient to whites.
In the message released Monday by Al Qaeda's media operation, Al-Sahab, al-Zawahri said Obama is seeking to mislead the Muslim world with calls for better ties and was doing so because wrath from the Muslim world had inflicted catastrophes upon America.
"We are not idiots to accept meaningless flexible words. Obama is the new face with the same old crimes," he said.