There have been two loud explosions in Damascus but it's the usual shelling from army positions into rebel held areas, not the expected American barrage.
There is a plume of black smoke from a Damascus suburb, the call to prayer from the muezzin is sounding and traffic is flowing no less than usual. A capital awaits.
Not only did the UN inspectors leave a day early - their chief two days early - they left before dawn on Saturday. A hasty exit. Echoes of Iraq.