History shows withdrawal a bad idea
When the Democrats demand early withdrawal from Iraq, they never offer to predict what will happen next. History, however, provides some guide about what to expect. Within half a century after breaking out of Arabia in the seventh century A.D., the Muslims conquered all of Asia Minor and North Africa by force of arms. In 711 A.D., a probe crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, followed by the army that overran the Iberian Peninsula in 712. The invaders crossed the Pyrenees into present day France, overrunning the countr yside with their cavalr y until Charles "The Hammer" Martel met them with an army of infantr y that split heads, first of the horses, then of the riders, with battle axes. South of the Pyrenees, the Spaniards fought for 780 years before finally driving the invaders out of their country in 1492.
Meanwhile Islam recovered from the Crusades. By 1500 the Ottoman Turks dominated the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. They captured Constantinople in 1453 and won Belgrade in 1521. In 1529 they besieged Vienna and came near to taking the city. Frustrated there, the Ottomans continued their advance at sea. They attacked Cyprus in 1570, taking it in 1571. A disastrous defeat in the Strait of Lepanto later that year temporarily stemmed the Muslim advance, when a fleet of Christian galleys destroyed the Ottoman fleet.
A new Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683 ended when Jan Sobieski marched down from Poland with an army of 30,000 men. A cavalry charge into the Ottoman camp lifted the siege. The western countries gained in strength with the advent of technology. The Ottoman Empire finally collapsed completely after World War I. The Muslim threat was submerged until the discovery of huge petroleum deposits in the middle of the 20th Century. The technology that lifted the west ahead on the Islamic world is now its weakness; it functions largely on energy controlled by an enemy that has sworn to conquer and subjugate us.
Can anyone seriously claim that the Islamists are kidding, that they don't mean what they say? Given the histor y of Islam, any rational analyst must conclude that we face an enemy determined to destroy us by any means, fair or foul. A retreat now from Iraq would enormously intensify the threat. We have a choice: Stay and fight, or retreat, learn Arabic and accept dhimmitude. Leon Billig Burnet, Texas