On Tuesday, the U.S. officially recognized the Syrian Opposition Coaltion as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people against President Bashar al-Assad. In return, the group said it wanted "real support," with weapons and military aid. How involved should the U.S. get in Syria, and could American support turn the tide for those fighting Assad's government? Or is it too little, too late, as some Syrian groups say?
U.S. Recognition of Syrian Opposition
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Fred Lawson, Lynn T. White, Jr. professor of government and government department head at Mills College, and editor of "Demystifying Syria"
Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University