February, 2004 | Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo
Feb 17

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 02/17/2004 5:02 PM Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo, Former Governor, National Resilience Institute, (Lemhannas), Jakarta After the Cold War ended, one could sense a tendency among the American people to create a unipolar world. Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History was a demonstration of the strong feeling of American supremacy in values, culture and economic and political systems. So much so, that every nation had no choice but to follow America in virtually all ways of life. That the U.S., with it military, and economic superiority, would rule the world, was considered inevitable. U.S. actions and behavior in the pursuit of its mission, namely the implementation of democracy, free trade and human rights all over the world, were widely accepted. Some certainly criticized the U.S.’s policies, but as former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said ""The U.S. is doing all that because it is the U.S."" This unilateral attitude is strong among those who occupy important read more .....

Feb 17

Oleh Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo SEMOGA kita semua sadar dan yakin akan perlunya disiplin bagi kemajuan bangsa. Namun, kesadaran dan keyakinan saja masih jauh dari kenyataan adanya disiplin. Sebab itu, disiplin harus ditegakkan. Penegakan disiplin dipengaruhi sifat bangsa dan manusianya. Masyarakat Jepang-yang amat dipengaruhi rasa malu dan solidaritas kelompok-jauh lebih mudah menegakkan disiplin daripada masyarakat yang sifatnya individualis. Sebenarnya masyarakat Indonesia dilandasi sifat gotong royong, tetapi sifat itu sudah terkikis oleh persentuhan dengan bangsa lain yang sifatnya individualis, terutama bangsa Barat. Dalam kenyataannya kini bangsa Indonesia sudah amat individualis, khususnya masyarakat di perkotaan. Sebab itu, penegakan disiplin amat dipengaruhi peran kepemimpinan di semua tingkat dan bidang masyarakat, terutama kepemimpinan nasional paling atas. Penegakan disiplin amat bergantung pada komitmen kepemimpinan. Penyebab utama Gerakan Disiplin Nasional (GDN) tahun 1990-an tidak berhasil adalah kurangnya komitmen read more .....

Feb 12

Oleh Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo SETELAH Perang Dingin usai dan Amerika Serikat merupakan satu-satunya negara adikuasa, banyak pihak berpendapat bahwa umat manusia dikuasai AS. Bahkan Francis Fukuyama mengatakan, sekarang sejarah telah berakhir (dalam bukunya The End of History and the Last Man). Ia berpendapat bahwa umat manusia tidak ada pilihan lain dari pada mengikuti pola kehidupan dan sistem politik AS. Sikap AS menunjukkan tekad menguasai dunia dan umat manusia atas dasar unilateral. Menlu AS, Madeleine Albright mengatakan bahwa AS bersikap demikian karena ia Amerika, yaitu satu-satunya kekuatan yang menguasai dunia atas dasar kemampuan militern, ekonomi dan kemampuan politiknya. Sikap unilateral AS itu menghendaki bahwa umat manusia harus menerima segala kebijaksanaan AS karena itu adalah kebijaksanaan yang benar buat umat manusia dan buat setiap bangsa di dunia. Yang terutama menonjol dalam mengembangkan sikap unilateral adalah kelompok neo-konservatif yang tokoh-tokohnya menjadi pejabat penting dalam pemerintahan Presiden read more .....

Feb 5

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 02/05/2004 4:17 PM Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo, Former Governor, National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas), Jakarta Joyoboyo was a king in East Java in the 12th century. His importance in the history of this archipelago, now known as Indonesia, is not because of a spectacular performance as a ruler, but because of his prophecies, particularly regarding the future of Java. The Joyoboyo prophecies still have great influence on the minds of many Indonesians because much of what he predicted has come true. Like his prediction that Indonesia would be ruled by the white race for a long time. This prediction became reality with the 300 years of colonization by the Dutch. Another prediction which became a fact was his prophecy that a yellow race would defeat the white race and would occupy Indonesia as long as the lifetime of a corn stalk. That came true when the Japanese defeated the Dutch in 1942 and occupied Indonesia until 1945, or three-and-a-half years, which corresponds with the lifetime of a corn read more .....