The Bomb Terror in IndonesiaWednesday, 20 October 2010
Since moves to bring the military under civilian control intensified in 2000, incidents of bombing have been on the increase in Indonesia. Although this bomb terror cannot yet be described as constituting systematic acts of terror, these bomb incidents have caused concern among members of the public, particularly when bombings occur in office buildings, shopping centres, houses of worship and other public places. This series of bombings and bomb threats coincide with diminishing public confidence in the ability of the state apparatus to control all forms of anarchy and terror, and with the diminishing supremacy of law. Therefore, albeit it with half-hearted confidence, the public has been “forced” to ask for protection once again from the security apparatus.
This situation persists, even though the security apparatus is obviously incapable of preventing the social anarchism going on before its very eyes. The increased frequency of bombings and bomb threats is also a clear indication of the inability of the legal system and the law enforcement apparatus to guarantee public safety. Still fresh in the minds of the public is the fact that illegal acts occur repeatedly and are delegitimised: from the slaughter of followers of the Indonesian Communist Party, the people of East Timor, the people of Papua, worshippers in Talangsari in Lampung and Tanjung Priok, through the victims of mysterious shootings, the July 27 incident, the May 1998 incident, the Trisakti and Semanggi tragedies, the mass butchering of “criminals, and, most recently, the victims of bombings. We are now entering the third millennium, which is marked by the end of fatsoen politics, reversal of the truth, anarchist relativism, the disappearance of pluralism, and a profound crisis of humanity. That the reality of humankind is condemned by the reality of interests can be appreciated, among others, from incidents of bombing and bomb terror.