Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East.
Worry does not mean fear, but readiness for the confrontation.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
Despite the ethnic diversity within each nation, the social fabric of the region by and large is one.
As far as we are concerned, we Syria have not changed.