One argument against withdrawing our troops from Iraq prematurely is that doing so would look like a defeat for us and a victory for our enemies, and that would embolden our enemies to ramp up their activities and rhetoric against us.

On the other hand, Democrat point-man John Murtha says that the second we leave Iraq, the Iraqis will route Al Qaeda (because we’re just holding them back, I guess) and then the whole region, now scourged of terrorism, will right itself. We’re the “arrogant” problem, from that point of view, and once we leave peace will flow in like a river. Just, you know, not the polluted Tigris. Some other river with clean water that’s safe for deer to sip.

So who’s right and who’s talking crazy talk? Well, check out this headline and note the source. And…well…

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A large number of angry students from the different universities of Tehran congregated in front of the British embassy in order to show their protest against the sacrilege of the Islamic and Shiites’ sanctities.

Those “sacrileges” were terrorist attacks committed by fellow Muslims in order to start off sectarian warfare and destabilize Iraq. But never mind that.

The wrathful students congregated in front of the British embassy building to once again show their protest against the destruction of the shrines of the Shiites holy Imams by the US and Coalition troops in Samara, Iraq last year and also condemned destruction of the al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist regime of Israel.

The al-Aqsa Mosque line is an instance of taqiyya: The Israelis are digging well outside the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem with the aim of eventually rebuilding a ramp to the mosque that collapsed a few years ago. The imams and mullahs are spinning the activity as an assault on al-Aqsa, which is the third holiest site in Islam. It also sits on the Temple Mount and is thought to be the site of a couple of major Biblical events. Agitation about anything having anything to do with al-Aqsa is one of the few things that can unite the entire Islamic world. So that’s why the imams and mullahs are lying about it. Just like they’re lying about the Samara bombing.

The students chanted different slogans, including ‘Down with the US’, ‘Down with Zionism’, ‘Down with England’ etc, and called on the Muslim world to show more vigilance and solidarity and refrain from sectarian war.

“Down with the various Satans, blah blah.” But check this out.

Protestors then moved towards the French embassy and from there to the embassy of the Vatican in Tehran.

The French? The Vatican? But, but…they oppose the war in Iraq. What’s up with protesting against them? They’re not Islamic (in the case of the French, yet). And that’s enough to hate them.

If we leave Iraq before it’s stable, little protests like this one are just portents of what’s to come. Al-Aqsa will become the next great grievance, and it could well unite the whole Arab world and stretch out to every Muslim on earth. Bombs are already flowing into Gaza and the West Bank. The Syrians seem to be playing games designed to divide the US and Israel. And the Iranians are continuing on their drive for nuclear weapons.

Our leaving Iraq won’t end the war. The whole thing is in fact likely to pick up speed.

Update: Maybe we should just learn to take Iran at its word.