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The paths toward a defeat of ISISWe know where ISIS comes from, but we don't know what it is, other than resembling as close as possible a political monster. Here is my take on the why and what of ISIS, partly informed by watching from Baghdad last summer the ISIS threat to overrun Iraq.As for defeating ISIS in Syria, it is impossible short of deposing Bashar Assad.Keeping Assad in power can only reinforce ISIS.Therefore, relentless, indiscriminate violence distinguishes ISIS as a movement.There are other aspects of the ISIS identity that we need to tackle.Doing so would deny ISIS and brutal governments the legitimacy they crave, and without which they can be defeated.
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