A shock report today shows that rebels fighting the Syrian government don't always behave like sporting gentlemen and jolly good chaps.
A spokesman for the general public said: 'This is all very confusing. The rebels ought to be the goodies, and the Assad government the baddies. Which means that Assad can do nothing good, and the rebels nothing wrong.
'But now reports are saying that the rebels do unpleasant things, like chopping off the heads of captives. I think someone should have a word with them to behave more decently. If not, people will start thinking that both sides are as bad as each other, and that if the rebels gain power Syria will continue to be hell on earth as they slaughter government forces and humiliate Assad before torturing him to death.
'Whereas the British public can only cope with complex situations in the Middle East by saying government = bad, rebels = good.'