May 29, 2012
The United States and its Western allies are trying to incite a civil war in Syria in order to pave the way for military intervention in the country, a Syrian activist tells Press TV.
“The whole point of them is to try to create a civil war in Syria, trying to create a pretext for some intervention in Syria by NATO and its allies,” Syrian activist Mimi al-Laham told Press TV in an exclusive interview on Monday.
Laham reiterated that both the United States and Israel benefit from the massacre of the Syrian civilians, saying that US and Israeli elements are being stationed inside Syria as death squads and are taking orders from Washington and Tel Aviv.
“I don’t believe that a Libya-style intervention could occur in Syria with an air force campaign but it’s only because the Syrian air force is actually quite strong, and they wouldn’t be able to attack Syria without sustaining heavy losses,” she went on to say.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
On May 25, clashes broke out between Syrian forces and armed groups in the town of Houla, located in the central province of Homs and about 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the provincial capital city of Homs.
The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, said in a briefing via video from Damascus to an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Sunday that the UN observers in Houla estimate 108 people were killed, including 49 children and 34 women.
The fighting between Syrian forces and armed groups in Houla comes despite a ceasefire that took effect on April 12.
The West and the Syrian opposition blame the government in Damascus for the unrest that began in March 2011. Damascus says, however, that foreign-sponsored “terrorists” are responsible for the turmoil.