Boehner's Syrian Counterpart Urges 'No' Vote on Military Strike

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 06:38 PM

By Todd Beamon

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The head of Syria's parliament has sent a five-page letter to House Speaker John Boehner, warning his counterpart against endorsing "irresponsible, reckless action" via limited military strikes that he claims would injure innocent civilians.

The letter, dated Wednesday, urged Boehner to "communicate with us through civilized dialogue rather than the language of fire and blood."

It is signed by Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, speaker of the Syrian Parliament, and was first reported by the British-based Sky News.

Congress is scheduled to vote next week on President Barack Obama's resolution authorizing strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons in the Aug. 21 attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.

The White House says that more than 1,400 people were killed in the assaults, including over 400 children.

"We write to you as fathers and mothers, as members of families and communities which really are not so different to yours," the letter says.

"Moreover, we write to you as human beings asking: if you bomb us, shall we not bleed? Innocent people will be harmed."

The correspondence quotes President Franklin D. Roosevelt and mentions that the British House of Commons has voted against military strikes.

Further, it claims that such actions could trigger a "bloody, destructive, catastrophic" conflict.

"Logically, what is the benefit of the Syrian government to commit a chemical attack during the visit of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria within less than four miles from the commission's residence at the Four Seasons Hotel (in Damascus)," according to the letter.

"For that reason, we urge you to come to Syria, to send a delegation as soon as you can, to see and discover for yourselves what is going on here.

"We invite you to come to Syria to measure the situation before you cut, especially when the cloth that will be cut is human flesh," the letter adds.


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