President Assad has suggested there would be retaliation by those aligned with him for any attack on Syria.
In an interview with CBS News, Assad also said he is very concerned that an attack on Syria would degrade his military and tip the balance in the conflict.
Syria's rebels and Assad's soldiers agree on one thing. The military strike America is now preparing will change nothing and do no good.
As the threat of US strikes looms, people of Damascus wonder what missiles will achieve, and for whom.