Oh yes, ‘Syria’ was a paradise before U.S. and Israel came about as players, a united harmonious place. OK. Seems Syria attacked Israel first (two, or maybe three, times, depending on where you set the line — me personally, I think when someone has amassed 200,000 troops and tanks on your border waiting for the “go” signal, I consider that as good a reason to put it as three). Being a client state of Soviets and now gangster-cryptofascist Russia is Syria’s bread and butter. I mean the Syrian state, of course, as there is no such thing and never was a such thing as Syrian society, as currently conceived.