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By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper
A letter from the Speaker of the People’s Assembly in Syria is being circulated on Capitol Hill.
“We write to you urgently as you are debating the process of launching an attack on Syria. Additionally, we write to you as fellow Parliamentarians and representatives of our peoples,” the letter says, outlining a case that the rebels have had chemical weapons and questioning why the Syrian regime would engage in such an attack.
“(W)e urge you not to rush into any irresponsible reckless action. You have the power and the responsibility today to convert the United States of America from the war track to the diplomatic path. We hope to meet there, and to talk, as civilised peoples should. We adopt a diplomatic solution, as we realize that war would be a bloody destructive catastrophic track, which does not have any benefit for all nations. In fact, the most important matter is that we all face the same terrorist threat.”
“Logically, what is the benefit of the Syrian Government to commit a chemical attack crime during the visit of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria within less than 4 miles from the Commission residence at Four Seasons Hotel?!” the letter asks.
The letter also asserts that Syrians and the US both have opponents who subscribe to “hatred Wahhabi Jihadist Ideology adopted and financed by Saudis.”