[gha] Re: Syria reconciliation proposal - Where is your mind? God has taken away the mind of modern peacemakers, as seen.

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Charles Mercieca" <mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:39:16 +0400

Dear Charles,

Thank you very much for your ideas that we need in the dialog, mind and science 
of peace but not war or chimerical decorations.

With love, best harmony wishes,


Dr Leo Semashko:
State  Councillor  of  St.  Petersburg,
Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony;
Director:  Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA);
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----- Original Message -----
  From: Charles Mercieca, mercieca@xxxxxxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 9 сентября 2013 г., 17:58:42
  Subject: [gha] Re: Syria reconciliation proposal  -  Where is your mind? God 
has taken away the mind of modern peacemakers, as seen.

September 9, 2013
Dear Leo:
Your message to Rene Wadlow about his proposal to plant trees in the area of 
military operations was excellent. 
Like you said, what we need is to find all possible ways to encourage the 
solution of human conflicts through healthy dialogues and never through wars 
and artificial decorations.
We need to continue to raise our voices loud and take all needed positive and 
constructive actions in this regard. Keep up the good work. Your philosophy of 
genuine peace is excellent to say the least. 
Charles Mercieca
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Subject: [gha] Re: Syria reconciliation proposal - Where is your mind? God has 
taken away the mind of modern peacemakers, as seen.
Your suggestion - this is that case, when good intentions lead to hell. 

Do you want to add a number of innocent victims in Syria, which will be 
decapitated or shot, it does not matter which side? Your suggestion with the 
planting trees in the area of ​​military operations - this is madness. 

We do not see your desire to go to Syria and the first plant at least 10 trees, 
as an example to others. You have not thought about it, about its organization 
and security, and most importantly - on its meaning. You can plant a million 
trees, but if in the minds of people on both sides the ignorance in peace and 
one militaristic rage reigns, your trees will be powerless! 

You demonstrate degeneration of peacekeeping thinking when you deny the Science 
of Global Peace, but are calling people for a mad anarchist action, 
irresponsible to the fullest. 

Do you take on yourself the responsibility for the death of people who will 
plant trees under the bombs? Where is your mind? God has taken away the mind of 
modern peacemakers, as seen. 

Dr Leo Semashko
GHA President

----- Original Message -----
  From: Wadlowz@xxxxxxx, Wadlowz@xxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 9 сентября 2013 г., 12:05:20
  Subject: Syria reconciliation proposal

Dear Colleague,
    The recent use of chemical weapons in Syria (by whatever faction - 
government or armed opposition) has increased tensions within Syria and its 
wider region.  There are real possibilities of an escalation of armed conflict 
unless creative steps for conflict resolution are taken both by governments and 
civil society as structured in Non-governmental organizations.
    There is a short -term effort - these next few days -  needed to guide the 
US Congress to refuse support of US missile strikes on Syria which are likely 
to cause deaths without advancing measures toward a political compromise within 
Syria.  There is also a need to lower tensions and create stability  on a 
regional basis.
    There is a crucial, if somewhat longer-range need for efforts of 
reconciliation among the people and communities within Syria. World Citizens 
have called for good-faith negotiations among all parties from the start of the 
demonstrations in 2011 which had begun in a spirit of nonviolence.  Neither the 
government nor the oppositions were willing to set an agenda or a timetable for 
such good-faith negotiations. The government held out vague promises for reform 
but without details and without open discussions among those concerned. As the 
fighting has escalated, the possibility of good-faith negotiations has 
increasingly faded, despite offers by the UN mediators to facilitate such 
    Discussions of specific issues on specific reforms or setting an overall 
agenda seem impossible for the moment. When discussion through words is not 
possible, peace efforts must turn to non-verbal, symbolic mean carried out as 
rituals by persons devoted to such symbols.
    Therefore, I am pleased to send for your consideration the possibility of 
creating reconciliation teams of Syrians and concerned world citizens. The 
difficulties to make such teams operational are many and evident, but the time 
for creative action may be short.  We need to analyse the possibilities now, 
and therefore your views are most welcome.
    Rene Wadlow
Syria : Not Missiles but Trees : Alternatives to Violence
Rene Wadlow*
         There is a need to manifest the proper response to the use of chemical 
weapons in Syria (by whatever faction: government or armed oppositions) that 
would symbolize both the need to respect one of the few nearly 
universally-recognized restraints in war — the 1925 Geneva Protocol — and at 
the same time would be a symbol of the need for reconciliation among the people 
in Syria currently in armed conflict.
         Firing Tomahawk cruise missiles from far out at sea is not an 
appropriate response, neither as a symbol — a tomahawk being a weapon for 
killing — nor as a political message pointing to the need for reconciliation 
among Syrians, the need for regional cooperation, and the need  to respect 
human rights in time of war.
         There is wide agreement that limited US and French or other missile 
strikes will not lead to regional cooperation but rather will increase 
tensions.  Nor would limited missile strikes lead to negotiations among Syrians 
to develop a more broadly-based administration to reflect better the 
multi-cultural dimension of Syrian society. While some of the armed opposition 
groups hope to be able to advance their interests in the confusion which would 
follow missile strikes on military targets, there is little likelihood of 
permanent advances, much less “regime change”.
         If not missiles, what is an appropriate response, either from 
governments or civil society as structured by Non-governmental Organizations 
         I suggest that there be a cooperative effort led by Syrians but in 
cooperation with people from other countries to plant trees in as many villages 
and neighbourhoods of cities as possible.  Tree planting would be done with 
appropriate and creative rituals and mythic language symbolizing 
reconciliation, cooperation, and a desire to live together in peace. Mythic 
language refers to symbols, imagery, allegory and metaphor used to convey 
meaning and the deeper aspects of reality, renewal, transition and new 
         The tree is an oft-used symbol of the required growth of a person: 
roots going deep, branches and leaves reaching toward the sky. Trees have long 
been part of humanity’s daily life as well as an important part of its myths 
and symbols.  In Scandinavian mythology; the Great World Tree, Yggdrasil is the 
tree of existence, the tree of life and knowledge.  Care of the tree is 
entrusted to three maidens, named Urdhr (Past), Vervandi (Present), and Skuld 
(Future).  From this tree springs forth our visible universe.  On the topmost 
branches of this tree of life sits an eagle, who symbolizes light and whose 
keen eyes see all things taking place in the world.  The tree is the cosmic 
pillar that supports heaven. Its branches are a ladder so that humans can 
climb, through initiations, to higher consciousness.  The loss of the leaves of 
a tree in Winter and their renewal in Spring has served as the symbol of death 
and regeneration. In this situation of the use of chemical weapons, the leaves 
of the tree also take impurity out of the air — symbolically absorbing poison 
gas. Nature is coming to the rescue of the folly of men.
         Thus the tree is an appropriate symbol for living in harmony with 
Nature and among humans.  Our natural senses are designed to bring our lives 
into harmony, fulfilment and community with the world.  This re-connecting with 
Nature can produce joy, regeneration and community bonding — so necessary after 
periods of division and conflicts.
         We must not underestimate the difficulties of assembling teams of 
ritual tree planters, of creating cease-fires so that the ritual can be carried 
out with as wide a representation of local populations as possible, and on 
building communal accord after the rituals.  However, in a world in which 
governments can move war ships and planes to the area, it should also be 
possible to organize alternatives to more violence.  Within Syria, both 
government and oppositions are moving to safer positions and preparing in the 
event of missile attacks.  Thus it should also be possible to plan for 
ceremonies of reconciliation.
         As Syria is a land of old cultural roots, there are no doubt sites 
considered as important or sacred, power points with special energy flows.  One 
could start with such sites and then widen the circle.
         This proposal is now being sent to representatives of the Syrian 
government  and to some opposition groups with which we have contacts.  
However, I believe that it is up to NGOs and spiritual centers to take the 
lead. Thus your cooperation is most welcome.
         Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World Citizens

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