Same same but different ? Or different but same ?
Whichever way it is, what is fact is that Voreqe Bai & Mahen Chaudary's coup started with a conspiracy to deceive the people of Fiji and was based on a pack of lies and continues to this day with more lies piled high.
To break through this quagmire of the military fed web of deceit, we need the truth.
Thanks to my fellow bloggers and blog contributors, and certain mainstream journalists, the truth has and is being enabled so that the bullshiteese going on behind the scenes with those that have grabbed power illegally by the gun in Fiji, can be revealed to us all.
I have been looking back in my archives and have saved a smattering of comments from the Freedom Blogger contributer Jean D'Ark whose writings I consider to be some of the most prognostic , sane, refreshing, truthful and enlightened observations I have seen in regards to our situation.
I reproduce Jean's comment here initially penned last year in regards to the LIE that is the Military Charter.
"It is not for people like Frank, or Tikoitoga or Yabaki or VTS to assume or assert that just because they think their own views are more enlightened, or “modern”, or ethical, than others, that they have the right to force their views on them.
First of all, that is a completely arrogant attitude - analogous even to the kind of condescension that produced, say, Australia’s “stolen generation”! As such I would refer to it as “neo-colonialist”
Secondly, it is a complete misreading of the whole point of democracy.
Democracy is not, as the Charter seems to believe, about shepherding the majority into a particular, pre-determined political viewpoint and attitude.
Rather, democracy is about finding out how to rule ourselves from amongst an abundance of competing political viewpoints, through discovery of the majority view via the processes of parliamentary debate, media reporting, public lobbying, and free & fair elections.
And finally, the current Charter arrogance is a completely arbitrary position because it could be made to work in absolute reverse without any difficulties at all.
I could just go and hire my own mercenaries, takeover Government, and put in my own Charter, and expect Frank and Mahen and Co. to toe my line. And I would get exactly the same resistance from them that Frank and Parmesh are getting now against the Military Charter!
Moreover, the Military Charter appears to be an attempt to “sugar-coat” the Regime’s politics in the promise of economic re-structure.
John Sami has a long CV of restructure expertise and experience around the Pacific, having been involved in the successful restructures of Samoa, Vanuatu etc.
The problem is, none of those initiatives are dependent on coups, or the Regime’s own particular brand of politics.
They can be enacted regardless of who is in power, so long as those people are not averse to a bit of conservative economics, or some short-term economic pain! Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive!
In any event, all you have to do to see the likelihood of success for this philosophy of macro-economic solutions to cultural issues, is to look at what the broad macro-economic success of nations like America, Australia & New Zealand has done for their indigenous populations!
Finally, if the Military Charter is going to be enacted regardless of whether the people agree to it or not, then what is the point?
As the last Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten said, when referring to Chinese opposition to his democratic reforms -
”If my neighbor threatens me that he is going to come to my house and break all my windows tomorrow, does that mean that I have to go around today and break them all myself?"
If the military wants to break the law and the Constitution, that is their call - just don’t expect the rest of us to be co-conspirators in it with them!"
Thank again to Jean d'Ark for those comments.
And finally today : HOORAY for CONSCIENCE !
A big vinaka vaka levu to Judge Coventry for his comments in his farewell speech. Although he has spoken the truth about what is really going on with the COMPROMISED JUDICIARY IN FIJI, it still makes me very sad that such GROSS INTERFERENCE with the institutions that are the foundations of civil society (police, govt and judiciary) are slowly but surely ERODING our collective respect and consideration for these once great pillars in our lives.