The first problem we can solve a lot easier than the second. If any of our free citizens want to help the struggle of repressed Syrians they are free to go according to the dictates of their conscience. It might even make a good novel or two as evidenced by Hemingway and Orwell's escapades. The second can be somewhat alleviated in the same manner.
The question is why does the government push to remedy one situation and not the other? Is there an agenda in play not apparent to us? Surely, as Canadians, we want to be known as a nation of compassionate people instead of invaders, or policemen.
At one time it used to be an asset to be a Canadian on the world scene, not a liability.