Just when the disaster that is Afghanistan and the Middle East looked as if it couldn't get worse, it has. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, the infamous Afghan Islamic warlord and mastermind of 9/11, is running for the Afghan Presidency in 2014. This is a huge blow to any Western effort in the Middle East to curb the influence of Islamic terrorists. However, it also proves Western ignorance in dealing with Islam. Defeating "terrorism" is not possible because Islam is terrorism. They are one in the same. All the outside influence in the world will never change the facts that "moderate" Islam is a farce. It's all or nothing.

The Middle East "War on Terror" is not winnable. Iraq is falling apart again, as sectarian violence has swept the country, and the last United States military holdout, Afghanistan, is proving that it too is a lost cause. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf is the former mentor of Osama bin Laden, the one responsible for bringing him to Afghanistan when he was driven out of the Sudan in the 1990's. And he is seeking the Afghan Presidency in 2014.

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf

This is an absolute disaster. Sayyaf is the most menacing force in Afghanistan. He is 67 years old and it was he who made a base for Al-Qaeda to thrive in Afghanistan. He is also rumored to be putting together a group of resistance fighters in place for the April polling.

I don’t want fame or power for myself,’’ he said, lodging his papers at the electoral commission, ‘‘I’m looking to preserve the nation.’’ Sayyaf, who fought against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s, was named in the 9/11 Commission Report as the ‘‘mentor’’ of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Yes, he is going to preserve the nation as a terrorist hub. So menacing is Sayyaf, that "the feared jihadist terrorist sect in the Philipines, Abu Sayyaf, derives its name from him."

Current President Hamid Karzai is barred from running again, but Sayyaf's running is a devastating prospect. However, it is not at all surprising. Islamic jihad never dies, not if one is following the Quran.

Abdul Rasul Sayyaf  "ran militant training camps throughout the 80s and 90s in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ten of the men involved in the 2002 Bali bombing, including Mukhlas and bomb-maker Umar Patek, are believed to have trained at Sayyaf’s Sadda militant camp near Peshawar. Two hundred and two people, including 88 Australians, died in the Bali blasts. Patek is serving 20 years in jail, Mukhlas was executed by firing squad."

rasul_sayyaf_paintedFor 12 years the US has been fighting in Afghanistan and it has cost the country one trillion dollars and thousands upon thousands of lives in the process. This is what the country got out of it; a return to where it all started. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf is that starting point.

One report describes Sayyaf as a "former Islamist warlord." This is complete naivete. There is no such thing as a "former Islamic warlord." If he is living, he's an affirmed Islamic jihadist. The only way for him to not be an Islamic terrorist is for him to have abandoned Islam or to be dead. Interestingly, in the same report it says that his potential run for the Aghan Presidency has triggered "alarm amongst Western diplomats." This seems contradictory.

The West never understood the enemy, and we still don't. "His extreme conservative views on religious matters, including regarding women, will give the United States concern as it negotiates a long term security agreement with the Karzai government." This is an understatement.

Islam cannot coexist with Western democracy or thought. We are the infidels. What this does is formally return Afghanistan to the terror training days of Osama bin Laden in the absence of U.S. troops, who are set to vacate the country by 2014, or later. But even then it doesn't matter.

Blood, terror, and jihad. This is an endless cycle that will continue as long as Islam is being practiced in any capacity.

Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."

Quran (4:89) - "They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks."

 Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"

Quran (9:30) - "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"

To not understand the enemy is to lose. Now Israel is in even greater peril, as the evil forces of Islam gather their forces to do war against her, and the West is none the wiser.

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