It’s been a difficult month for Syrians, as the U.S. contemplated a military strike against the country, then opted for a diplomatic solution. But life in Damascus went on as it has since the civil war began, two and a half years ago, with a semblance of normality punctuated by moments of terror. As mortar shells and errant shots landed inside the "square of security" in downtown Damascus, the capital's inhabitants tried to look normal. This is what it felt like to be among them.