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  • Echo chambers: Should US play nice with Syria’s Assad?

    BBC News - 08/23/2014

    In the Washington Post, Adam Taylor talked to several scholars about how IS was changing the rules in the Middle East.

    “Americans are understandably reluctant to help Assad because he is a depraved dictator who responded to the Arab Awakening by turning his military against the Syrian population,” he quotes Max Abrahams, a terrorism policy expert from Northeastern University, as saying.

    Still, he says there’s a political calculus at play when it comes to the safety of American citizens.

    “Whereas Assad has never posed a direct threat to the US homeland, IS is actively scheming to carry out a mass casualty attack against us. From a US national security perspective, IS is the more immediate threat.”