Written by Muhammad Ilyas Saudek. July 7, 2014
We have known after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, Bush administration has declared a concept of “WAR ON TERROR”. The Washington has called other states to join in the fight against terrorism asserting that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorist”. In reflecting to this condition, many countries or government has adopted new laws, joined the campaign, etc; in order to secure its own civilian from any types of threat. But, isn’t it just creating more enemies and violence by adopting this concept to our mind? Don’t we should just mitigating the acts of terror so we can understand the root causes of the issue?
So, here some reflections which I would like to link the issue above to the understanding of the concept of culture in international relations:
We have known that the root of world order was influence by the culture. It is because states, community, or even individual had initiated violence approach to condemn its opposition force and to reach its self-interest. War established because of the social construction, shape by the state (interaction among people). The construction of ‘war on terror’ is the product of elites (Bush administration), then they brought it to the media to broaden the concept so they can get the hearts and mind of the people. Thus, in adopting certain ideology, I think it would influence the attitudes of people where it is going to determined its identities. In conducting a war, it would eliminate the existence of civilization and on the other hand it would raised their civilization.