The cultural renaissance continues, but at the cost of 26 more deaths. Should the end game of democracy be reached, the sacrificed lives would not be in vein. Syria is in focus now as the government steps up the oppressive attacks on protestors.

Perhaps taking a page out of the Libyan handbook, Syria does not want to allow any breathing room for the protestors. Oil exports are not as significant of an issue, as in Libya, but the invigorating momentum that can spill into neighboring states can send the price of oil sharply higher.