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.”

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