From Angry Arab's correspondent in Syria:
"It became clear that, in terms of criminality and hostility, the Syrian regime and its armed opposition are two sides of the same coin. The difference between them resides in the physical capability of committing crimes where the Syrian regime is far more weaponized, far more organized than the rebels. The second advantage of the Syrian regime is its awareness of the gravity of its crimes. It's never admitted using heavy weapons against civilians, or committing massacres and unlawful field executions against fighters, activists and innocent civilians, something that helps it in preserving its popular base of people who, in order to protect their mental cohesion, prefer not to see what is plain and known. On the other hand, the rebels, proud of their crimes, don't hesitate to publish videos documenting their brutalities against soldiers, members of the "popular committees" and normal government employees who fall prisoners in their hands causing a great deal of embarrassment for their western backers who tried, in vain, to restrain their armed clients, not from committing such crimes, but simply, from publishing them (Arabic).
Now, it seems that the western powers along with their Syrian agents have discovered the merits of the magic formula followed since the beginning of the uprising by the Syrian regime: attributing all the atrocities to the other side... the "armed terrorist groups". Thus, we are recently hearing and reading more and more analyzes about the violent and sectarian tendencies of small jihadist groups who have infiltrated the ranks of the "revolutionaries" against their will and who are in fact the real perpetrators of the sectarian kidnapping and killing (read here and here).
The other day, I was struck to hear a friend of mine, a man with an Islamist background though moderate I should admit, telling me about the danger of the Jihadists who commit crimes in Syria and the suffering of the rebels in restraining them. He was somewhat comfortable. His words were scrambling passionately as if his late discovery of these tiny extremist groups removed a heavy burden from his conscience.
Each of us has its own devil that holds the responsibility for his mistakes and sins. As Syrian rebels have bought their own devil, we should expect more crimes by the two sides."