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,” Max Abrahms, a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor and ter­rorist ana­lyst, explains. “But Wash­ington also needs to con­sider how best to pro­tect the Amer­ican population.”

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

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