Friday, January 19, 2007

Wiranto's scary observation

Antara quoted general (ret) Wiranto's various statements on Thursday. Among others, Wiranto worried about the country's security status. He described the current situation is somewhat similar with days before Soeharto's downfall in 1998 when he was military commander. Is it a political statement in his capacity as chairman of the newly established Hanura Party or based on his observation as someone familiar with conflicts ih the military structure?

Wiranto expressed his uneasy feeling about the situation he described as 'the straw under fire'. He worried about security outlook especially "if someone instigate the fire."
"For the time being, pray is the only medicine. Almost all predictions and analysis stated that something would happen, but nobody knows when. The situation is worrysome, that's why I appeal to those in power to fix it. We're in a very dangerous situation," Antara quoted Wiranto without details of who made the predictions and analysis nor intelligence report to support his statement.
Scary, isn't it?
But he dismissed speculation of military-supported coup d'etat. How about Revolution Committee established by former army chief of staff general (ret) Tyasno Sudarto? "It's not a physical revolution, it's a revolution of the heart," the former Golkar candidate for president in 2004 election. Despite his failure to pass the first round (third behind SBY & Megawati), no sign that Wiranto let his ambition dim to be Numero Uno. That's probably why he decided to exit from Golkar (the party most likely will support the chairman/VP Jusuf Kalla to contest in 2009) and established Hanura.
The State Palace is unbelieveably busy to respond the maneuver of retired generals as if no important issue need its utmost attention. I really don't get it. Five hundreds people went on a rally in front of The Palace's gates could forced the president to run the administration from his private residence? How about 61 million people who voted for him in 2004?
I'm sure millions out of the 61 voters were unemployed, expected SBY to deliver his promises to open up more jobs, higher economic growth (7% annually, not 5.2% average), but they may still unemployed. Worse, millions of the employee-voters are now unemployed. That would lead to social revolution, may be not during SBY's term in office thanks to the nation's remain strong social fabric system (though it's eroding due to modernism, urbanization, hedonism etc). So, Mr President, do something!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would only say that Gen (ret) Wiranto should answer frankly to his involvement in creating people security in running up to the military bill in 1999 and also his knowledge of the religious' militant groups in Indonesia.

January 19, 2007 3:27 PM  

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