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A recent front-page photo in the New York Times of a boatload of Syrian refugees drifting on the Mediterranean Sea beneath an enormous setting sun could not have been more apt.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that, over the last four years, nearly 250,000 people have been killed, including more than 100,000 civilians, many of killed in horrific ways by their own government.Fortunately, the United States' foreign policy elite finally seems ready to do something to protect Syria's people. Indeed, until recently, the U.S. and most NATO countries resolutely opposed the idea.According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 34 percent of the 137,000 people who arrived in the EU from Jan. 1 to June 29 were Syrian, with the next-largest contributor, Afghanistan, accounting for 12 percent.For Syria's many rebel groups, Assad represents the greater threat, and thus will have to be removed from power before attention can be focused on ISIS.
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