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The brutal attack to HKBP congregation by Islam Defender Front (FPI) last Sunday (7/8) has evoked public demand to disband the organization. Beforehand, FPI has done several attacks which mostly based upon religious rationale, as they defined they were. The HKBP attack might be the apex for public, thereupon FPI is now vastly perceived as violent and cruel organization.

Indonesian moslems might simply oppose FPI and label them as deviant to undertake such attacks on the name of Islam. Islam never taught violence, they said. Besides, when we refer to Pancasila, the stance against FPI might be strengthened. As an essential basis of being Indonesian, Pancasila is aimed at cultivating pluralistic perspective in every Indonesians. We are taught to be respectful, tolerance, and fair. FPI, according to me, has violated all the values within Pancasila.

Since they were disrespectful to the non-moslem community by harshly attacking them, it may equal to the violation of article (sila) one and two of Pancasila, by being regardless to the others’ divinity and humanity. It could be considered neglecting the essence of the third article, as well, as they generated disorder to threaten unity. The fourth and fifth articles were also disobeyed by resolving problem out of parley (read: fighting and attacking) and being way mindless to social justice.

Having seen that, curses might proper to FPI. Nevertheless, as I referred to an opinion article by Sudirman Nasir which published at The Jakarta Post last Monday (8/8), I paused for rethinking. It wrote, FPI is mostly comprised of unemployed and/or underemployed youths. They were easily recruited because of the lack of availability of media for them to look for identity and recognition of masculinity. The power was then undoubtedly channeled wrongly. This phenomenon, in my sight, was caused by the ignorant government. It is the government which carelessly governs the people. It is the government that provides almost none of media for youths to be well developing. Yet, only presenting the problem is not enough. Solution is necessarily required to overcome this dispute.

Regarding the composition of member of FPI, which is mostly composed of youths who seek for identity, they are better channeled to a youth army corps. Government should be asked to generate such corps so that the power of Indonesian young people could be more useful rather than destructive. They might be backup for the preexisting Indonesia National Army (TNI). They would fight for Indonesia and undertake nationalistic actions. Surely it sounds way better. Furthermore, the youths would not refuse to be recruited, as I predict, since the motive of being recognized as strong and extremely masculine is still gratified. Besides, when the youths are in such corps, violation to Pancasila could then plausibly and possibly be reduced. (*)