Most analysts are coming to the conclusion that the Syrian economy must collapse before the military will turn on the government or split. There are growing signs that economic pressure is mounting on the regime.
So says author of Syrian Comment, Joshua Landis, a Syrian expert at University of Oklahoma. Tour companies in the area are avoiding Syria completely. Banks have been asked to post $300 million in cash reserves by year’s end, up from $30,000. Twenty-five top business leaders me with President Assad this week to protest stringent new financial rules.
The opposition is determined to stay its ground.