Syria Peace Talks – Geneva 2: Comments From India.

Posted February 3, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“In Aristotelian terms, the good leader must have ethos, pathos, and logos. The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade. The pathos is his ability to touch feelings, to move people emotionally. The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.”

– Mortimer Adler (American philosopher)

superior2222-1If it was possible, a worldwide broadcast of the leaders of every nation with significant involvement in the Syrian crisis would be positive. This would be a live broadcast, without prepared speeches, and of unlimited duration including the leaders of Syria, United States, Russia, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, and the Syrian opposition. This means eight men speaking through Skype or similar means to the entire world, for an entire week at 10-12 hours per day if need be, to finally resolve the crisis and bring peace to the people of Syria.

Because the tragic suffering of Syrian men, women, and children – as well as in countries surrounding Syria – has to stop.

Every media company that carries the talks can raise humanitarian aid funds through advertising from benevolent corporations. Given the large number of media companies around the world, the amounts which could be raised are very significant.

Add to the advertising Syria relief fund amount the donations received from the billions of viewers, and enough money would be raised to adequately carry out humanitarian missions equal to the enormous task.

This proposal has been offered in all seriousness. Because the souls of over 130,000 men, women, and children have passed from this world prematurely. Because millions of Syrian men, women, and children have become refugees from the land of their birth, through no fault of their own. Because the levels of human suffering have surpassed what a civilized world can psychologically stand or accept. And because the conflict, if not stopped in its tracks now, has the potential to spread violence and extremism to other nations in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.

Humanity wants an end to war

To the leaders of these nations, if such a worldwide broadcast does not become a reality, please publish your best ideas for bringing peace to the people and nation of Syria. To all people on this Earth, please publish your best ideas for bringing peace to the people and nation of Syria. As soon as possible.

To men and women around the world who are able to communicate with others, please suggest that everyone think deeply on ways that will bring peace to Syria, and communicate in any and all ways to others. If the leaders of the nations involved in the Syrian situation cannot come up with solutions to bring peace, then some men or women on this planet must have ideas that can lead to peace. At the very least send whatever spiritual energy you have to those who are able to effect peaceful results in Syria, or to men and women who have yet to share solid solutions with the rest of the world.

The time has come for all the world’s people – including leaders of nations, religious/spiritual groups, business enterprises, militaries, non-governmental organizations, entertainers, politicians, sports stars, and others – to come together and end the war in Syria. Because the men, women, and children who have passed away were your brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. Because the men, women, and children who lost their loved ones and remain on Earth in tremendous psychological, spiritual, and physical suffering and pain are your family members.

“It is sad that man is not intelligent enough to solve problems without killing… The present world crisis can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts… Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is only due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986)

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People around the world have deep concerns about events in Syria and the Middle East. The following discussion shares the views of experts from India.

(Thank you Rajya Sahba TV at YouTube) 

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Syria Consensus Reached: All Foreign Forces Must Leave The Country.

Posted February 2, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“He who hates no creature and is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egoism, equal-minded in pleasure and pain, and forgiving… He to whom the world is not afflicted and who is not afflicted by the world, who is free from elation, envy, fear and anxiety, he is dear to me… He who neither rejoices, nor hates, nor sorrows, nor desires and who has renounced good and evil, he who is thus full of devotion, is dear to me.”

– The Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God / 2nd century B.C.)

ocean44Compared to the panel on “Money and Influence” coming from the World Economic Forum (WEF), this panel, “End Game for the Middle East”, gives the audience a much more robust, solutions-based discussion on the current situation. In particular, the crisis in Syria and Iran’s nuclear power are very intensely examined and spoken about. Perhaps because the panel members are from the Middle East and directly affected by these events, it is natural that the participants would express themselves more forcefully.

What is most interesting about this panel discussion is the comparatively different views held by the five men who live in the Middle East and Richard Haass – head of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and not a resident of any Middle East country. Mr. Haass represents the highest level of a hierarchical power structure that exists on Earth, a power structure which lacks empathy and compassion for average Syrians, or any average citizens of Middle Eastern countries.

Mr. Haass’ views expressed during this talk were totally absent of any shared ideas or solutions for the problems which are currently experienced by people in the Middle East, in stark contrast to the views expressed by the five other members of the panel. He begins by criticizing American foreign policy related to Syria, where they (America) were not prepared when calling for Bashar Al Assad’s exit to take the actions required to remove him, and were then unprepared in having “something” to replace Assad’s government after removing Assad from power.

This first comment by Mr. Haass reminds one of someone looking at the world as some sort of “chess game”, with the United States making moves on the board (the planet Earth) as if this is a completely normal way to conduct international relations. Consider that this first comment by CFR head Haass is what he begins with, his most important thoughts to share here, and that the thoughts are completely America-oriented. He completely excludes that the Syrian humanitarian crisis is severely effecting the Syrian people, and that it is the Syrian people’s suffering and dying that needs to stop  – instead coming across as the CEO of multinational planet Earth.

Mr. Haass offers nothing during this panel discussion in the way of solutions, or at least expressing something from his thinking that relates to hope, coöperation, or a better future for Syrians, Iranians, and the people of the Middle East region. After listening to this panel discussion twice, while focusing especially on Mr. Haass’ comments, there is absolutely nothing positive coming from his mouth. This is an observation which shows that there is a significant amount of manipulation from outside Syria and the Middle East by people who do not live there.

At the end of the panel the woman moderator asked the panel members to predict what the Middle East will look like in one year from now. The CFR’s Richard Haass responds by saying that he finds it “impossible to be optimistic” about the Middle East going forward. Now, my little dictionary defines impossible as “that cannot be done or exist”. He sees no signs of a diplomatic resolve to Syria’s humanitarian crisis, no signs of resolve to the Israel-Palestine (apartheid) issue, and nothing but challenges on the Iran nuclear issue.

Richard Haass then shares his thought that the situation in the Middle East will be worse one year from now. He somewhat allows himself cover by saying that he “hopes I’m wrong” but the question that comes to mind is: “what does Richard Haass of the CFR know which makes him come to find it “impossible to be optimistic”? Does CFR’s Richard Haass have an intimate knowledge of an alternative “End game for the Middle East” – a vision that is not shared by the five men who share the panel with him here in Switzerland?

The greatest question regarding the Council on Foreign Relations’ head Richard Haass’ contribution to this discussion is: “How is Mr. Haass so certain that the Middle East will be in worse condition one year from now?” Is it possible that the interests Mr. Haass represents already hold a vision of the “Middle East endgame chessboard” which will necessitate those interests’ actions that result in the actualizing of their “vision” – regardless of the popular will of the people of the Middle East?

Perhaps there is a level of suspicion and distrust when it comes to the CFR that is to an extent accurate or inaccurate. Be that as it may, it is obvious from listening to this panel that the distance between Mr. Haass expressed views and the five men he shares the stage with in Switzerland is telling and revelatory. Unfortunately the woman moderator didn’t ask Mr. Haass to give specific solutions for the problems in Syria and the Middle East – namely solutions which would increase peace, coöperation, and better living conditions for the men and women of the region. It was plainly obvious that Mr. Haass either did not have any solutions or he intentionally was withholding them here. Finally, with regard to Mr. Haass and this WEF panel, he offered nothing whatsoever in the way of problem-solving for the people of the Middle East. That “nothing” may in fact say everything.

Although Mr. Haass contributed zero (men and women may see this differently) to this panel, the discussion between the five other men was sober, realistic, and focused. The man sitting second from the left, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, contributed mightily through his ability to understand that there was a consensus or agreement that all non-Syrian/foreign fighters must leave Syria as the necessary first step to peace.

Five out of six here agreed that all foreign forces must leave, as well as the view that the Syrian people should decide their nation’s destiny. Other suggestions offered by the panelists include cessation of funneling of funds and weapons by outside forces, exiting of foreign military experts, ending of foreign intervention in Syria, focus on diplomatic efforts and dialogue, stop referring to Iran as a “regime” because Mr. Rouhani received 73% of the votes/ballots, an end to blaming other nations for domestic problems, realization that there are no structural impediments to problem resolution, and others.

The man from Turkey mentioned that there was an agreement four years ago between Iran, Turkey and Brazil that held great promise for healing the Iranian nuclear issue, but became rendered impotent as a result of Iranian economic sanctions – leading to a loss of four years of real progress.

This same man from Turkey was the most optimistic member of the panel. He spoke about the importance of removing the Middle East region’s “inferiority complex” – where the region is viewed as one of war, blood-letting, and suffering – and remembering the great accomplishments of civilization through history of the people and nations of the region. He notes that he has trust that the younger generation of Middle Easterners will create miracles.

The most powerful statement from this panel may have been: “The Syrian people’s suffering must end.” 

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(Thank you to World Economic Forum at YouTube)

From World Competition To World Cooperation.

Posted January 30, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

gaswell“The trouble today is that the communist world understands unity but not liberty, while the free world understands liberty but not unity. Eventually the victory may be won by the first of the two sides to achieve the synthesis of both liberty and unity.”

– Salvador de Madariaga (1886-1978)

On George Galloway’s “Sputnik” program on RT, he talks with university lecturer Dr. Sami Ramadani about the current Syria Peace Talks – Geneva 2. The second half of the show occurs with the absence of a British MP – who cancelled his scheduled appearance to speak about his view that Edward Snowden is a criminal.

Dr. Ramadani shares his views on Geneva 2 which point out that those who have supplied arms, money, and training to the military opposition, whether moderate or mercenary, need to withdraw that support or the situation will turn into protracted war. He notes that a report originating from Qatar about Syrian government torture, released shortly before the start of Geneva 2 talks,was an effort to derail or sabotage any chance of success and ending the military conflict.

He shares that Qatar has supplied over $3 billion in aid to mercenary forces fighting against the Syrian government army, and that the Syrian people don’t want any more fighting, warring, and destruction in their country. Dr. Ramadani has his doubts about United States resolve to end the over three-year crisis – that along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, and Turkey – he thinks the U.S. intends to sabotage the state of Syria.

His view is that both Iran and Saudi Arabia need to be involved in the talks at Geneva 2, as both are deeply involved in the situation and crisis in Syria. Because of Saudi Arabia’s backing of mercenaries from many nations and regions around the world in the war – and because Saudi Arabia’s political system is totally opposite of a democracy – most people in Syria are against foreign-backed intervention which has blocked chances for true democratic reforms.

Mr. Ramadani explains that there is a genuine democratic opposition of Syrians, that they are not involved in Geneva 2 while the military opposition is, and that the genuine democratic reform group is against any further destruction of their country. He accurately describes the complexity of the present situation, where a number of groups consists of Saudi/Qatar-backed mercenaries who are committing atrocities, U.S.-backed so-called “moderate” anti-government military forces who have fought with other anti-government groups, and anti-military-solutions Syrians seeking democratic reform through non-violent means.

As the Middle East region is the most important geopolitical, natural resource/energy region of the Earth, it has come as a surprise that few reports coming from Geneva 2, whether directly from the conference and its participants or from news programs and interviews/commentary, get to the source or genesis of the Syrian conflict. To the point, analysis of the humanitarian crisis in Syria rarely includes examination of the factors and significance of natural resources like oil and gas reserves.

Rarely mentioned as well is the competition between western financial systems and the emerging BRICS alliance’ proposed development banking system – competing directly with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other international financial institutions located in western places like Wall Street and London.

Many analysts consider the conflict in Syria a proxy war between western nations led by the USA, Britain, France, Israel and others against Syria, Iran, Russia, China, etc. These analysts assert that the war is over oil and natural gas, pipelines’ competition between Iran and Qatar who share access to a giant natural gas reserve, and control of routes and distributions and market shares for very large sales to Europe.

So, the basis of actions both military and financial during the past three years in and around Syria – the real reasons for the conflict – are not being discussed in ways that are necessary for a true, just, and concrete resolution leading to peace in Syria, the Middle East, and other nations on Earth.

Until the views held by the most very powerful military, business, and financial entities around the world changes from “us and them” to “us” – the entire human race – the major source of war/conflict will never be completely eliminated. In essence, this means converting the world from one of competition to one of coöperation.

Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 are directly related to world competition which has led to wars and conflict up to this day – shown by the current Geneva 2 peace talks. Mr. Snowden’s actions revealed NSA eavesdropping of America’s allies, prime ministers, United Nations officials, and others. In a world where coöperation between people and nations is regarded as more important than continuing to compete – with many resulting negative consequences – Edward Snowden’s actions would never have been felt necessary by him.

George Galloway describes how Ed Snowden is under consideration as a nominee to become Rector of Glasgow University in Scotland, a position which, if Snowden gets nominated and named, would allow him to travel to Scotland without arrest by British law enforcement, because of separate legal systems operated in Scotland and England. Mr. Galloway talks about years past when Yassir Arafat, Winnie Mandela, and Mordecai Vanunu were nominated for Rector at Glasgow University.

Arafat was nominated but didn’t get the position. Winnie Mandela was named Rector but was unable to travel to Scotland – although the publicity overcame laws which disallowed media from publishing her views or photos and helped increase awareness of apartheid in South Africa and sped up its ending. Mr. Vanunu of Israel was named Rector and, although his jaw was wired shut, he was able to write/tell the world about Israel’s development of nuclear weapons.

Perhaps Edward Snowden will be moving to Scotland.

Competition and coöperation have one thing in common: they are both long words beginning with the letter “c”. Whether the most powerful nations, businesses, political and military leaders, and individual citizens choose one or the other as their most powerful motive for actions will make all the difference in the world.

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(Thanks to Moluca Media @ YouTube)

Pray For Successful Syrian Peace Talks.

Posted January 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

504-1“In time of war men, civilized in peace, turn from their higher to their lower nature. But triumph is not beautiful. He who thinks a triumph beautiful is one with a will to kill. The death of a multitude is a cause for mourning. Conduct your triumph as a funeral.”

– Lao-Tzu (c. 565 B.C.)

Let all people on Earth pray that upcoming peace talks in Switzerland will bring real peace to the country of Syria. Whatever your vision of God is, whether you call the supreme being Creator, Source, God, Great Spirit, Allah, Krishna, or Buddha, make it known that you wish for relief for the people of Syria, who have endured years of the worst conditions human beings can ever experience.

If you are agnostic or atheist please do what you feel right to help bring peace to Syria and the entire Middle East region, at the very least feel for the men, women, and children of Syria. Some hold that thoughts create reality, so in that sense think good thoughts for the Geneva 2 Conference participants, and direct those thoughts to those men and women taking part. Lean on whatever type of faith you own, whatever beliefs you have, and sincerely, honestly hope for peace to break out.

Because all men, women, and children on this Earth are your relations, deeply connected whether you are partly or fully aware of this. Even those people who you have come to see as “them”, those who are on the so-called other “side”, are in reality your brothers and sisters. Think about how such a philosophy of interconnectedness of all people and all life shall enter the Geneva 2 Peace Conference and literally transform each participant at the highest levels of their consciousness.

See the transformation occurring in the rooms and buildings in Geneva, Switzerland of hearts, minds, and souls to the point of profound realization of the truth of humanity’s oneness. Feel the spiritual power that is present in the words of men and women speakers now, and the great benefits to become actualized in Syria, the Middle East, and all regions of this Earth. Feel the feelings of relief and joy emanating from people all across this world because of what transpires in Geneva, Switzerland in early 2014.

“There is no place for hell within a world whose loveliness can yet be so intense and so inclusive it is but a step away from there to heaven. To your tired eyes I bring a vision of a different world, so new and clean and fresh you will forget the pain and sorrow that you saw before. But this is a vision which you must share with everyone you see. For otherwise you will behold it not. To give this gift is how you make it yours.”

– A Course In Miracles

What will it take to bring peace to Syria? What will be necessary is communication of the deepest kind, that which passes directly from human heart to human heart – from souls to souls. Men and women sharing ideas which transcend the failed ideas generated from business-like academic learning absent qualities of spirituality and vision, breaking through old and ineffectual thinking about war and peace to a new way of living without any need for fighting and killing.

Such a discovery will change life on Earth now, for this generation, and for future generations. Feel the good consequences coming from actions agreed upon by the men and women attending Geneva 2 on those brothers and sisters in future generations who express their amazement and gratitude for this generation of human beings’ actions. Actions which created a new and better world for them, because here in 2014 people became willing to think in a new and better way.

So, feel the historic nature of Geneva 2, and how events there will be forever remembered as the time when love changed everything. When forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace became the model for human relations from now until the end of time. Could this be the result of Syrian Peace Talks set to begin in a short time? Is it possible that a historic series of events will take place, where true communications from heart to heart and soul to soul occurs, and humanity rises to a higher, nobler, more ethical place?

We shall see.

“Yield not to this, and you will see all pain in every form wherever it occurs but disappear as mists before the sun. Deny me not the little gift I ask, when in exchange I lay before your feet the peace of God, and power to bring this peace to everyone who wanders in the world, uncertain, lonely, and in constant fear. For it is given you to join with him, and through the Christ in you unveil his eyes, and let him look upon the Christ in him.”

– A Course In Miracles

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(Thanks to RT @ YouTube)