The general strike that Syrian protesters called for is reportedly has failed. As Syria News Wire says,
And that would stand up what some commentators have been saying about this uprising. Unlike Egypt or Tunisia, there is no critical mass. There is a hard-core of people who want the fall of the regime, and a hard-core who love the government. The rest just want both sides to shutup and let the economy open up again.
Meanwhile, the crucial action really does seem to be between the hardliners and moderates in the government.