Back in the 1990s, I went on a British run tour that involved riding in a British transport truck from Belgium to Egypt. The truck drove thru Turkey, Syria and Jordan on its way to Egypt. The 9 week long trip cost $900 because it involved only tent camping and cooking your own food. I was the lone American. Everyone else was from England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. I didn't encounter any problems with the Syrian people. They were very friendly and did not speak ill of America at all. I heard plenty of antiAmericanisms from the western Europeans.