Damascus shops are open for business as usual, and traffic bustles along busy thoroughfares. But after more than two years of civil conflict, there is now is a ripple of hope along with the constant fear and apprehension, according to Reuters.
"The big fear is that they'll make the same mistakes they made in Libya and Iraq. They'll hit civilian targets, and then they'll cry that it was by mistake, but we'll get killed in the thousands," said Ziyad, a man in his fifties
"If I could, I'd leave town for a week until this is over. It'll be only a matter of days," said Haitham, a retired civil servant who lives in a northern Damascus neighborhood and who opposes the Assad regime.
Those who are in the opposition-held neighborhoods seem to fully embrace the possibility of some kind of international intervention.
Some, like Abu Omar, have said they don’t think an American strike could worsen matters. "We've been living like we're on another planet - just living off what we can grow, completely under siege, with constant, constant artillery and air raids, and on top of that we're cut off from the outside world," he said. "The rebels are exhausted. Something has to change.", he commented.