This is an elementary point that is often obscured by contentious debates over whether it was justified to go into Iraq or not. Leaving that discussion aside for the moment, the fact is that Iraq is now an arena of the global jihad (although it is still not the only one, which is an indication that those who think everything will die down if we leave Iraq are wrong again), and to leave it on undr jihadist pressure will only embolden the mujahedin. From AFP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
WARSAW, Sept 13 (AFP) – If Poland decides to withdraw its troops from Iraq it will appear to be surrendering to terrorists, Poland’s largest opposition party, which tops the country’s popularity polls, said on Monday.
“To decide to stop participating in a war because there are casualties means, de facto, surrendering,” Donald Tusk, head of the liberal Civic Platform party, told public radio a day after three Polish soldiers were killed in an attack south of Baghdad.
His comments came on the same day Iraq’s interim President Ghazi Al-Yawar arrived in Warsaw for an official visit.
“The idea is to withdraw the Polish troops from Iraq in agreement with other allies so as not to give the impression that the Poles are surrendering to terrorism as the Spaniards did” last spring, said Tusk, who is considered a potential presidential candidate for the elections set for the end of 2005.
“On the other hand, we must pressure our allies, especially the Americans, so that they present a precise plan for ending the intervention in Iraq, and to learn what in the end was the object of this intervention,” he added.