Syria has an especially diverse population in the Middle East.
Syria is made up of a diverse variety of ethnic groups, including Arabs and Kurds, and a variety of religious groups, including Shi'a Muslims, Sunni Muslims,
Alawite Muslims, Druze, Christians, and Jews.
Map created in 1935 by the Institut français du Proche-Orient showing different ethnic and religious groups in Syria. (Click to view full-sized map)
Syria has a number of historical sites that are vital to world history.
Syria holds the sites of some extremely famous historical places in the Middle East, such as the Umayyad Mosque and the ancient cities of Damascus, Aleppo, and Palmyra.
Ruins in Palmyra of the Temple of Bel, dedicated 32 AD. This picture was taken before its destruction by the "Islamic State."
The United States has continually failed to establish a good track record in the Middle East over the past century and especially over the past three decades.
The involvement of the United States in the Middle East, most recently during the Gulf War and Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the "War on Terror"), has not only helped continue the status quo of overall Middle Eastern instability, but also caused tens of thousands of civilian deaths. An image like the one we have established in the Middle East so far only assists terrorists in their pursuit to recruit new fighters against the West and Western ideals.
Islamic State propaganda with captured British journalist John Cantile, criticizing the United States and Britain.
Human lives are at stake.
The Syrian people are people the same as you and me. They deserve to be treated and cared about by us in their time of crisis as we would want to be in ours.
Syrian refugee family in cramped quarters in Lebanon.