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As the conflict in Syria has raged and spilled over its borders, I have been skeptical that there is an American military solution to the complex political and religious problems at the heart of the crisis.For most of the last 75 years, the United States has been the world's humanitarian.For decades, America took in about 50 percent of the total number of those who were resettled from foreign lands.American aid in the Syrian crisis has been matched by the European Union, and neither is doing enough.Canada, with a population about a 10th of America's, has already resettled 25,000 Syrians.President Obama should address the American public and describe the human suffering, remind us of our nation's best traditions, and urge that Congress support him in providing more aid, receiving more refugees and leading in greater collaborative efforts internationally. He should appoint George W. Bush and Bill Clinton the country's special ambassadors for humanitarian action on Syria.
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