Political scientist James Hanley:
I like Syria, a lot, and I’d hate like hell to be unable to return. The people are wonderful, the food is great, and the culture and history are fascinating. When states get labeled “barbaric,” it’s very easy for outsiders to begin to think the place and all its people are. But Syrians are not at all barbaric–I’d rather walk around Damascus or Latakia at one in the morning than any American city I’ve been in, and I think they are far more leery of war than most Americans are. They’re not “better” than Americans. But they’re not “worse,” either. As several Syrians have said to me, “We love Americans; we don’t understand why you hate us.”
There is much more than this to James's post. Do yourself a favor and read what he has to say instead of relying on the ideological narrative spinners (left or right) to tell you what to think about the very complicated situation in Syria.