I admire your optimism, but Syria as of now, politically, is no where near stable!
They still are involved in housing Palestinian terrorist training camps, and have close bonds with Iran, Hizbollah goes in the wake of that.
Now I see why they might feel a need to alliance them selves sorta speak, but this is why it seems like a never ended stand off. You see Syria needs to cut those relations, if that happens then we have the issue of Golan.
I have also met Syrians and they've also left a good impression on me, they are a nation of a proud past!
I really feel sad that their culture has been lost.