Damascus, Syria, Before And After - War destroys everything it touches. Now imagine that first one as a street in California. It could be, you know; someday. This is much how people felt about the Civil War too. That one was the last major war on American soil
BBC News: The Story of the Syrian Conflict. Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa after the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. After security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing several, more took to the streets.