This article is so much more balanced and even-handed (in the sense that it sees war criminals on both sides, and not in the sense that it absolves any side from war crimes) than the articles by Western correspondents crowded in Beirut. Is it because he is reporting from the ground in Syria and not from nice apartments in Hamra street or Jumayzah? It is possible. This is what is key in any balanced reporting on Syria: 1) it should show that there is support for both sides among the Syrians, whether we like it or not; 2) that both sides are war criminals and deceivers. 3) that there are civilians on both sides of the divide who are being shelled indiscriminately. That is all.