ED-NOTE – Syria is highly symbolic and, in terms of geopolitics and religion, it is perhaps the most important country for Christians and Muslims alike.
Syria is where Christianity, as an organized religion, was born. It is in the Syrian city of Antioch (now in Turkey) that the followers of Jesus Christ (PBUH) were first called ‘Christians’, it is the oldest Church in the world, and the very first of the Christian Patriarchates, established by St. Peter himself who served as its first bishop. Currently, the seat of the Patriarchate of Antioch is located in… Damascus.
For Muslims, Syria is where Jesus, the Son of Mary, will come back at the end of History for the final encounter between Good and Evil, between the Synagogue of Satan and the Party of God. It is in Damascus that he will come back, kill the Anti-Christ/Dajjal and then rule the world from Jerusalem. And not only will he kill the Anti-Christ/Dajjal, but his return will signal the end of Judaism. The Quran mentions that when Jesus comes back to finish his mission, all the Jews will HAVE TO to believe in him, will have to accept him as the only Messiah. In other words, the return of the Son of Man will mean the death of Judaism. Forever.
And so Syria is not just a country in the Middle East: it is where it all began and where it will all end.