As a foreigner, I travelled quite extensively to almost all the provinces in Indonesia, modern and busiest streets in Jakarta to remote islands in Sumbawa, Halmahera, Manokwari, Merauke, Jayapura to say the least. I am quite familiar with Indonesia’s good and bad sides. But this OPM and Benny Wenda has really taken my special attention for quite sometime. He reminds me of those champions of manipulation such as Mussolini, Hitler, Pol Pot and other notorious criminals in our history.
Of all what he and his band has done, his latest propaganda to boycott Indonesian election was, to put mildly, interesting and funny. Benny Wenda has been asking to boycott election in Indonesia as a part of his struggle for Papua’s independence. With all of murderous, kidnapping and other atrocities by his group under the per-text of fighting the oppressor, he and his man became the worst type of oppressor of all.
It sound as if Benny’s asking the most ridiculous demand to stop a process of 250 million people in their holding democracy and their hope for a better future. It is almost similar as an attempt to stop a person to stop his or her hope for a better future for their children.
Benny Wenda would not even understand the idea of how someone working hard tirelessly for making the world a better place. Personal blind ambition could create such wildest fantasy at the expense of others. Benny wenda is a kind of person who is willing to sacrifice anything for his interest. And ironically, he is somehow quite good in manipulating almost everyone, including his own people, the Papuans.
Human history is, from time to time, having to experience this lunatic adventures of a mad man like Benny Wenda. And now Benny Wenda is willing to sacrifice the Papuans for his wild adventures
My regards to all Indonesian.
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