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In this year of ubiquitous commemorations, the centennial of Jan Karski's birth has been largely overlooked. And yet Karski's legacy is more important than ever – nowhere more so than in Syria. As the Geneva II peace process slogs along – leaving cadavers and atrocities to pile up – Karski's dedication to bringing the plight of Poland's Jews to the world's attention during World War II, despite the inertia of governments and publics, embodies exactly what Syria desperately needs.Although figures do not convey the cruelty by all sides, it has become de rigeur to cite the numbers: more than 100,000 dead, 2.3 million refugees, and 4 million people internally displaced.But a year ago, the figures were already dire: 60,000 dead, 700,000 international refugees, and 2 million internally displaced. From an American perspective, Syria is not strategically critical.It has been more than 70 years since Karski presented his report to the world.
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