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Commentary: Politics of raising a specter that keeps haunting us

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 20, 2017   /  08:01 am
Commentary: Politics of raising a specter that keeps haunting us The absence of some semblance of collective truth on what really took place in 1965 by many have made it easy for many sides to raise the specter of communism whenever it is convenient. (Shutterstock/File)

Only after a nation manages to come to terms with its past can it grow and mature as a member of the civilized world. A number of countries have taken steps to exorcise their past demons. South Africa performed such an exorcism with its Truth and Reconciliation Commission to rectify the wrongs from the systemic racism implemented by the apartheid system. In Germany, the government resorted to a more rigorous method to teach the country’s youth about the horrific crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis. A standard German history textbook was so thoroughly designed to prevent the rise of racism, anti-Semitism and nationalism that many claim it has prevented the country’s youth from having a sense of pride in their own nation’s achievements. If one of your country’s past leaders was responsible for the holocaust that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews...