Caroline Glick is at her already very good best in her column today – Caution: Storm Approaching:
In the event the regime is overthrown, a successor regime will face the sure prospect of economic collapse much as the Egyptian regime does. And in the event that Assad remains in power, he will continue to reap the economic whirlwind of what he has sown in the form of political instability and violence.
What this means is that we can expect continued political turmoil in both countries as they are consumed by debt and tens of millions of people face the prospect of starvation. This political turmoil can be expected to give rise to dangerous if unknowable military developments.
She goes on to link this to drastic economic situation in Europe. Read it. (Note to Obama supporters, if any are listening: read it too – and think.)