"...Western sanctions have halved Syria's foreign exchange reserves from about $17 billion, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday after a meeting with about 60 nations aimed at coordinating measures against President Bashar al-Assad's government.They think they are going to survive. What always amazes me about these situations is that the person or power committing the atrocities, be it the Taliban, Syria, or Libya --- or Omar/bin Laden, al-Assad, or Ghaddafi --- actually expects to win. It just seems weird to me. What insanity.
"Syria is selling its gold at rock bottom prices," said a Western diplomat[ic source]..."