I unfortunately don't have time to pull together a full post, so I'll direct you to Zenobia's piece "A day is not enough to blog about Syria"
Also, global voices online has a good roundup of some other posts on Syria here: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/06/24/syria-blogging-day-for-syria/
If you're interested in learning a bit more about Syria's precariousness from a cultural standpoint, you should head over to Michael Dunn's blog at the Middle East Iinstitute website (which you are already reading, right? RIGHT?) In particular, he links to a great piece on Allawite identity called "The Alawi Dillema, revisited" which...well...you should just read it.