Sat Jun 2, 2012 12:22PM GMT
The Houla massacre is an attempt to generate foreign involvement in Syria,”
Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, American author and historian
An American author and historian says the May 25 Houla massacre in Syria was an attempt to “generate foreign involvement,” Press TV reports.
“We have seen this Houla massacre which is a kind of a Guernica in the Spanish civil war. It is an attempt to generate foreign involvement,” said Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley in an interview with Press TV on Saturday.
The American author also stated that the “hegemonic fable in the Western world” about the Syrian government ordering the massacre is a “provocation,” “designed to lead to war.”
Tarpley made the comments a week after the UN observers in Syria said about 108 people, including 49 children and 34 women, were killed in the western town of Houla on May 25.
On May 31, Brigadier General Qassem Jamal Suleiman, the head of an investigation committee formed by the Syrian government, said the probe into the May 25 Houla massacre has shown that anti-Damascus armed groups had carried out the killings to “bring foreign military intervention against the country in any form and way.”
Suleiman said the victims were families who “refused to oppose the government and were at odds with the armed groups.”
On May 29, Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, said a “substantial part” of the Houla killings was “summary executions of civilians, women and children.”
Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed some Western governments who had called for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Why are we thinking that if we push the current (Syrian) leadership from power, then tomorrow general well-being will begin there,” Putin said during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on June 1.
“What is happening in Libya? What is happening in Iraq? Has it become safer there? We propose to act in an accurate, balanced manner at least in Syria,” the Russian president stated.