You mean that there's a chance that I could someday see Krak des Chevaliers for myself?
I've also been under the impression that western types weren't overly welcome there, but I suppose that even evil dictatorships want tourist industry bucks.
So, modern armor experts, I'm getting the impression that Syria has no tanks newer than T-72's? Is that confirmable?
You most definitely can see the Krak d Chevaliers, it is one of the major tourist sights in the country, I drove there with a honeymooning Australian couple only a year ago.
As I've said before, Syria is the only country I've ever stopped telling people I was Australian because there were so damned many of them around.
For an example of Small-World-Syndrome, the shitty little place I was staying at, in the shitty little port of Lattakia, had in the same maybe twenty room hotel, another bloke from Darwin, a town of about 90,000 people on the other side of the world.
Lots of Americans there too.
Damascus is pretty much the #1 place on Earth for students of Arabic to go and live, absolutely everyone has done it
Perhaps hold off for a few months though