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Norwegian Bomb and the Discourse of Power

OurIndonesia – It is quite strange to hear the news about bomb terror in Oslo, Norway (July 22nd 2011) that was spiced up with such kind of religious sentiment. The rumor that the bomb terrorist was a Christian seemed to ‘cure’ the hurt feeling of Muslims who have always been accused as the terrorists of the world. It seems that the news has successfully provoked some Muslims to proclaim that “Terrorism is not only coming from us, those Christians produce terrors too!”

The production of such news seems to entertain those offended Muslims in particular; unconsciously the production of the news itself has justified the truth of the accusation that Islam is the source of terror. From that day, the world would not only be threatened by the “terrorist with turban”, but also by terrorists with ‘cross’.

News is always biased. There are always discourses being constructed and reproduced, so that at certain time those discourses become a structure that is being consumed as powerful and dominant knowledge. What is wrong with that? Unconsciousness; that the news is merely one perspective. It is about being unconscious that every statement has a subject who has certain interest and purpose. It is about being unconscious that a statement may have long implication which is supposedly dangerous.

It is not apologetic denial that we are reluctant to relate religion and terrorism or. In fact, there is certain relation. It is not our pretension also to say that “religion is all good, while the bad is the people” or to say “Islam is compassionate, while Muslims are evil”.

In my opinion, that kind of statement does not solve the problem at all. However we need to consciously and humbly admit that the doctrines of life which are based on religion or faith need to be reviewed and reconstructed so that life can be full of love, compassion and care to others. Religion as the compassion should neither be a mere slogan, nor romanticism.

Norway Bombing should neither be understood as a “revenge bomb” coming from Christians to Muslims, nor coming from a group of certain religion to another group of different faith, because if that kind of violence has to be assumed as an exclusive identity, is our world waiting for many other terror bombings which their doers will be coming from Hindu, Buddha or other religious backgrounds so that all of us would say at the end that “all religions are terrorists”?

The comments on the news about bomb in Oslo-Norway have asked whether the terrorist was truly a Christian. He might only be a schizophrenic (some one who is psychically disturbed), and then being accused as a Christian, a Jew, or a Nazis or others. The politics of accusation should be aware and critical, so that we can be occupied searching for better solution instead of troubling the peace by throwing such endless accusations.