Reasons One Would Turn Against Other Human Beings

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The Indonesian killing began the night of September 30, 1965, general council lead an unsuccessful coup against President Sukarno in Jakarta. This lead President Sukarno to consider them as communist and demand that they be punish for their act of crime. Many reporters from around the world arrive in Indonesia to report on the mass killing for the world to know. However, the world turns their back to these people for the reason of “Communism”. Communism began back in World War II (1939-1945), from that period in time the world has feared the spread of communism and did everything in their power to prevent the concept from spreading. The Indonesian killing was consider an act of genocide because it was a mass murder of a group of people who they consider “communists”. Genocide occurs when people are force to turn against one another due to their social setting and the system that they under.
What is communism? Communism is defined as a political theory created by Karl Marx, where all property is publicly owned. “Anybody who oppose to the military dictatorship would be accused of being a communist” (The Act of Killing). The reason for this genocide was for the political elimination of the Partai Komunis Indonesia [PKI]. The PKI was the Indonesian communist party; they were accused of supporting the Chinese to killing the generals. But all of these accusions were just started from rumors started by people like the President who want any political party against him to be exterminated. Killings were done mostly against members and associates of the PKI and its organization. However in many case there were some non-communist people who were mistakenly identified as communist, or were accused of associating with the communist party. What happen to everyone having their right to express what they believe in? Who gets to decide to label people a communist? At this time the laws under President Sukarno and also the world was that any sign of communism must be stopped. But can only one person [President Sukarno] and his followers decide who communists are? If many innocent people are dying because of mistaken identity or they were wrongly accused of associating with PKI, is there really a system? What President Sukarno and his followers are doing is playing a game of who gets to live and who gets to die. That is why in this genocide anyone who is not supporting President Sukarno must face the consequence, and those people include the PKI.
The morning of October 1, 1965, Lieutenant Colonel Untung and his army units kidnapped six senior anti-communist generals. After the kidnapping the generals were killed, and the kidnapers announced that a new Revolutionary Council had seized power. Rumors begin to spread that communist throughout the country will deal with their enemy in the same way (Cribb). However, till this day no one knows for sure whether Untung or his army unit killed these generals or whether communist were threating the world. These rumors...

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