1. No more travel advisory
The U.S. State Department issues travel advisories that many, including myself, feel are too conservative (the issue is discussed by JoAnna Haugen in depth in Should You Listen To Travel Warnings About Honduras?).
So if they’re willing to lift the advisory on Syria, that goes far to assuaging any safety concerns I may have had.
The NYT article linked above states that Syria is “crucial to peace in the region.” Time to get out the passport, meet the people, and promote world peace.