The first Afghan war of Liberation was won in 1989. The Afghans paid a very heavy price of over a million and a half martyrs. The second war of liberation now has reached a decisive moment and the day of freedom appears to be drawing closer. The invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviets in 1979 was challenged by the Americans, joined by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and others. After eight long years of war, the Soviets were forced to retreat. The CIA intelligence report of 2004, mentioned that, after the Soviets retreat from Afghanistan, there were over 60,000 diehard trained Muslim fighters from seventy countries of the world. Additionally there were 40,000 such fighters from Pakistan alone who took part in the jihad against the occupation forces. So, by its very nature, the resistance had a global reach. It was not confined to Afghanistan alone. The mujahideen acted on the guidance of Allah, as ordained in Quran: "Let there be no restraint on you to fight in the way of Allah, and in support of the helpless men, women and children who are being brutalised and who pray, O Lord protect us from the oppressors and appoint your protectors and helpers." This is the message for the believers, but every believer may not get it. May be, one in thousands gets it and leaves his hearth and home and make a bee line for the battlefield, where he gets on job training. Face to face with the enemy, he proves too superior on account of his spiritual strength. He has no other mundane interest except to defeat the oppressor. When the job is done, he returns to his home. Thus after the retreat of the Soviets from Afghanistan, the mujahideen returned to their homelands, except those who were not allowed, such as Osama and his 1500 followers. They became the non-citizens of the world, betrayed by their own country and the Americans, thus creating the cult of Al-Qaeda, seeking revenge against America and its allies. They are altogether a different entity and cannot be equated with the mujahideen. In their struggle for freedom, the Muslims are fighting in Chechnya against the Russian Communists, in Kashmir against the Hindus, in Thailand against the Buddhists, in Philippines against the Catholics, in Iraq against the Anglo-Saxons, in Afghanistan against the Christians and in Palestine and Lebanon against the Jews, as if they are at war with all ideologies and religions, which is not so. There is no 'clash of civilisation' or 'clash of ideologies'. It is purely and simply a struggle for freedom, for autonomy and self-determination. Reality continues to be distorted by calling it terrorism. No doubt it is the miracle of the century, what the resistance movement has achieved in the last thirty years? The rag-tag mujahideen, with torn shoes in their feet and a Kalashinkov or a rocket launcher in their hands, have defeated the Soviets, Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan; Israel in Lebanon and Palestine. The mightiest of the mighty remain humbled and defeated. By calling them terrorists, has served no purpose. Losing the War On Terror, all the way, demands a new look at the Islamic Resistance, as the genuine struggle for freedom, as their inalienable right. After the demise of the Cold War, the US declared that "21st century was the American century, under their global primacy and preeminence," yet it was the Islamic Resistance, which denied to the Americans, the privilege of global primacy and preeminence. Not only that, they have also destroyed the myth of Israeli armed forces' invincibility. Every power or movement has its own centre of gravity, so has the Islamic Resistance, along the Durand Line from where it emerged against the Soviet Union occupation of Afghanistan. The population on both sides of the border supported the movement inside Afghanistan for eight long years, thus creating a strong support base - which the occupation forces now want to neutralise and destroy. The declared policy of Obama, the new president of USA, is "to re-establish control over the Afghan territory and eliminate terrorists from the FATA region in Pakistan." It is a flawed policy, because it is against the current of history - history of the people of Afghanistan, who have never failed to repel and defeat foreign aggression. Afghan resistance no doubt is at the centre of the Islamic Resistance which has remained undefeated during the last thirty years, and in the process, it has determined the new contours of the emerging Global Order. The Global Order of the 21st century is being determined by three major powers: One is led by the US, supported by the European Union, India and Japan; the second is China and Russia and the third is the Islamic Resistance. The first and the second are not confronting each other. They are, rather in the cold war frame of mind. It is the Islamic Resistance, which has been confronting the American power, limiting its role and its global ambitions. But this is not a permanent feature, because the Islamic Resistance would exist so long as the freedom movements last. The occupation forces, therefore have to learn to find peace with the Islamic Resistance, which is a patent reality. It is an undefeatable power, bestowed upon the Muslims by Allah, even though the ummah remains poor, disjointed and divided. That is the dichotomy. On one side, the Islamic Resistance gives power and strength to the ummah to change the global dynamics and on the other hand, ummah is internally so weak, lacking cohesive identity. The Islamic Resistance nourishes no desire for global eminence, which is the lurking fear in the minds of the Western world that these extremists and jihadis are going to spread Islam from the East to the West. Whereas the reality is different, the mujahideen fought in Afghanistan but lost no time in returning to their respective homelands. They simply follow Allah's guidance, to respect ideological and religious plurality and dignity of diversity. "If Allah were not to repel some through others, the monasteries, the churches, the synagogues and the mosques wherein the name of Allah is much mentioned, would certainly have been pulled down." Islam therefore is the religion of peace and coexistence with other ideologies and religions. In that sense, it is quite secular in spirit. The only difference being that moral and religious values cannot be ignored in determining state policies. The western secularism suffers from this deficiency, which promotes tendencies of violence, hegemony and dominance over others. The battle lines for the final round have been drawn. The CIA intelligence estimate, titled the Long War Journal describes the preparations of the Islamic Resistance in detail. It says that a grand alliance of the Islamic Resistance has been formed, grouping together, the Taliban, mujahideen under Jalaluddin Haqqani and Hikmatyar, Iraqi veterans, Central Asian Jihadis and the 005 Brigade of Al-Qaeda. They have named this alliance - as the Shadow Army. They have enough weapons and ammunition, looted from NATO supply lines. In this context, one finds a historical linkage between Kabul, the heart of Islamic Resistance and Vienna, the heart of Europe. Thus in terms of time and space dimensions, the year 1683 was the time when the Islamic power started to decline, and 1983 was the time when the Global Islamic Resistance grew, to challenge and defeat the Soviet Union - a superpower, thus completing the cycle of rise, fall and rise of the Muslim world, in a period of three hundred years - 1683 to 1983-89. The intervening period is over three hundred years as many miles apart. But the story has a message. By the end of 17th century, the advancing Muslim armies under the Ottomans reached the heart of Europe - Vienna and went even beyond. Vienna was under siege by the Crusaders. The advancing army tried to break the siege but could not, and took time to prepare for the second siege in 1683, which turned out to be a disaster, a turning point and the beginning of the end of the Ottoman Empire. The defeat at Vienna was followed by successive defeats and retreats, thus, the Muslim power which had expanded to its highest point - Vienna, declined and reached its lowest ebb after the end of World War I, when it suffered the greatest indignation and humiliation. The Muslim territories were divided, enslaved, occupied and the ummah was deprived of its ideological unity - the Caliphate was liquidated, as well as the Ottoman Empire, and the foundation of Israel was laid under the Belfore Declaration, in the heart of the Muslim World. That was the beginning of the unending conflict between Israel and the Arabs. However, the dynamics changed in just about twenty-five years, after World War II, because, with the weakening of the colonial and imperial powers, a number of states gained independence and Muslims happened to be in the majority, which caused to the non-Muslims. The wave of freedom also gave hope to the Muslims, who were still subjugated in their majority areas, under non-Muslim rulers, such as, Chechnya under the Russians, Kashmir under the Indians, the Pattani Muslims in Thailand and the Monandos in Philippines. Gradually asymmetric movements developed for autonomy and right of self-determination. In addition, the movements for freedom of occupied territories of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan galvanised Muslim Resistance, globally. Ironically, those who are fighting for their freedom, the so-called civilised world dub them as 'terrorists'. Thus the respectable way of coexistence, to live free, with dignity, is semantically distorted to give it a negative connotation. Afghanistan under the new American strategy is going to be a serious business as the 'second battle of siege' will now be launched there. The US has declared its objective: "To restore US authority in Afghanistan." The US and its allies are actually reinforcing defeat. The more forces they bring, the bigger will be their defeat. Like the second battle of siege at Vienna 1683, the second battle of siege - Afghanistan 2009, will be another turning point of history, heralding the decline of the American power and resurgence of the Muslim world, establishing the geo-historical linkage between Vienna and Kabul. In partnership with USA, India has been allowed to develop a vast espionage network in Afghanistan, directly interfering in the neighbouring countries, particularly Pakistan. The Russians have started asserting themselves in Afghanistan, by allowing the smugglers to operate the business of weapons and ammunition. More jihadis are pouring in from the Central Asian states. Russia is winning the war without directly fighting the Americans, 'to avenge their defeat of the 80s'. No wonder, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and the Central Asian Republics are focussing their attention on Afghanistan, to frustrate the American designs and their allies. It is a geo-strategic challenge for the United States but it also calls for restraint and sanity, based on objective perception of realities. The emerging picture in Afghanistan is rather bleak and does not help the occupation forces to consolidate their position. The best option therefore is to gracefully QUIT and bring peace in Afghanistan and the region. The paradigm of confrontation must be discarded in favour of winning over the hearts and minds of the Afghans. The writer is a former chief of army staff, Pakistan E-mail: fr786pak@isb.comsats.net.pk