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My generation of college educated Syrian-Americans seems to collectively agree on a few points when it comes to Syria and the vigorously expanding wars in the Middle East.The ongoing bloody conflict in Syria and the region will harm President Barack Obama's legacy for a long time, and will haunt our generation for decades to come, due to Obama's inability so far to strike the right balance between American beliefs and interests.It will be equally disastrous if the administration at this stage undertakes any coordination with Bashar Assad's regime in its fight against ISIS, as some are advocating.The administration needs to develop a more holistic approach to the question of intervention in Syria, one that seeks to empower the moderate forces and defeat those who are benefitting from the growing sectarian divide, especially ISIS and the Assad regime.First, it should recognize the political opposition, represented by the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, as the sole representative of the Syrian people.Rebel units trained by the U.S. to combat ISIS will in time form the backbone of Syria's new national army, and will allow the political opposition to emerge as a more credible alternative to the Assad regime.Third, the U.S. should launch airstrikes against both the Assad regime and ISIS.
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