Since the Iraq thread has run its course this will be the new thread for discussion about the conflict(s) in the Near East. Everything from Istanbul to Bilad al-Sham to al-Quds and the Greater Levant to Iraq to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf to Persia and Khorasan. Also, the Caucusus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia where appropriate. Maybe Boko Haram and Nigeria if anybody accepts bay'a from them.
I agree with this author that Lars Klevberg made a grievous error and has harmed the cause of millions of Syrians by calling into question the true brutality of the regime. Many people who have no real interest in the conflict are unaware of the brutality of the Asads going back to the days of Hafiz. For those people who saw this video it was the first time they had been exposed to what was made to be a regime sniper taking shots at children. Now the authenticity of all videos showing regime brutality will be questioned.