This is Syria?

Knowing, as we do, that civil war is raging on in Syria, with its people enduring horrifying daily bloodbaths, it seems that the entire country must be in a state of catastrophic chaos.

So when I got to look across the border into Syria the other day, it was shocking to see this:

Farmland in Syria

A little pocket of peace, as far as the eye could see, from Israel’s Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights.

A small body of water in Syria

While Syria’s war rages on in the background, what was visible up close was only peace, its farmland stretching out as far as I could see, a small body of water in the foreground, a city in the distance viewable up close through a telescopic lens, and the occasional car driving along as if nothing is amiss.

Border of Syria

Some day, soon I hope, such peace will exist throughout all of Syria.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Looks so green and peaceful!

  2. Sabina says:

    Andrea, I know! I could not believe it.

  3. Heather says:

    Wow, definitely busted my idea of Syria (mostly consisting of stereotypes and whatever I see in the news). I loved seeing your pictures, they show such a beautiful country!
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  4. Sabina says:

    Hi Heather – I never expected such a peaceful scene would greet me as I looked across the border into Syria. It’s so good to know that at least a portion of this country is not war torn and manages to appear normal.

  5. Wow, this looks really beautiful. Reminds me of when I peeked into Lebanon from Israel, and it looked this beautiful, and I wished there was peace in this region and I could cross the border. For the people of Syria, I really hope these will be the poster photos for the country, representing their national peace. They’ve suffered more than share.
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  6. Krista says:

    I am so sad for what they are going through. I can’t begin to imagine the fear and pain and loss and helplessness. These are beautifully peaceful shots and your words and wishes are wonderful.
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  7. Shalu Sharma says:

    It does look peaceful, away from what we are constantly hearing in the news about Syria.
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  8. Sabina says:

    Yes, it was so beautiful. I too wish Israelis and Syrians could cross your borders with each other. Maybe someday, if there’s a miracle.

  9. Sabina says:

    Hi Krista – I can’t imagine it either, and looking across the peaceful-appearing border didn’t give any insight into their anguish. Someday they’ll be at peace again. They have to be.

  10. Sabina says:

    Hi Shalu – yes, this was so very different from what we see in the news. At least a part of their country is moving along normally, or appears to be.

  11. Julie says:

    I concur with the rest of the posters that one would never think this is a county in the midst of a civil war. But I guess throughout history countries that are fighting still have pockets of peacefulness and greenery.

    I came across an article in the NY Times the other day that discussed the return of tourists to Aleppo (it was from 2010). It’s so tragic to think of all death and destruction that has occurred. I hope peace comes there soon.
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  12. Sabina says:

    Julie, I too hope Syria will see peace soon, although none seems to be on the horizon. I am so thrilled that I got to look into the country from atop Mt. Bental. Very shocking to see such a peaceful scene. Someday, all of the country will be truly at peace.

  13. Beth Partin says:

    That reminds me of southern Colorado, the San Luis Valley.

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