Norman, I think you raise some very good questions. I too agree that the professor of this course was very knowledgeable and committed to Syria. The stance of a Syrian Christian probably depends on a variety of factors and the decision of where to place one’s support is not an easy choice.
After this course, I too have been thinking about how the United States should be involved in this conflict. The question I keep coming back to is whether the region is better off with or without U.S. presence in the region. I do not honestly know the answer. I know that the safety of Armenians would be different if the United States had gotten involved in the Near East rather than Russia after World War II. Hindsight is 20/20 and I do not think we will ever be able to accurately answer the question.