I think you missed the point. I admitted that "everything is possible", but I asked (rhetorically) "what is more likely"? A bunch of iranian tourists hiking through Damascus while the sides are trading bombs and bullets or a bunch of iranian "advisors"? And the bizarery does not consist only of some deranged individuals going to Damascus. The american hikers were a few and went alone. This was a rather large group and Iran says it included women and children. Moreso, I'm not aware of this shrine being such an important one (like the ones from Mecca, Najaf, Karbala or Jerusalem) in order for people to risk life and limb to get there - and their families as well. How can you know that if you don't know the name of the shrine?