Thursday, January 15, 2009

Teror Bahasa Perang Melawan Teror

Menteri Luar Negeri Inggris David Miliband angkat bicara tentang betapa menyesatkannya "perang melawan teror", istilah yang dipopulerkan Presiden Amerika Serikat George W. Bush dan memicu perburuan besar dalam sejarah terhadap dua entitas: Usamah bin Ladin dan Al-Qaidah.

Mengapa menyesatkan? Karena:

The idea of a "war on terror" gave the impression of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The reality is that the motivations and identities of terrorist groups are disparate. Lashkar-e-Taiba has roots in Pakistan and says its cause is Kashmir. Hezbollah says it stands for resistance to occupation of the Golan Heights. The Shia and Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq have myriad demands. They are as diverse as the 1970s European movements of the IRA, Baader-Meinhof, and Eta. All used terrorism and sometimes they supported each other, but their causes were not unified and their cooperation was opportunistic. So it is today.

Baca selanjutnya di Guardian : David Miliband: 'War on terror' was wrong.

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