Well I am not a great fan of most nongovernmental organisations infact it is offensive to the mind to even spare a thought for those tree hugging greenies for these people appeal to the baseness that lies deep in the heart of a corrupt society.
However on a daily basis we read where crimes committed against humanity goes on unabated with little or no condemnation from this abominable society they call Amnesty International yet it appears they have the time to denounce Fiji they’re a disgrace to those of whom they claim to be a voice for.
To watch this dipstick Apolosi Bose push Qarase agenda is infact not only contemptible but laughable it is obvious those that have the propensity to featherbedding their personal interests know no bounds.
Fijians live in fear – why, have the thugs started attacking some settlement in Tailevu.
If you see the violence and stuff that was around in the 1987 and 2000 coup – this is nothing. Sure we have had several deaths in custody, etc – but that happens in Fiji all the time – the police beats the crap out of some escapee and they had gone too far.
While I do not condone such violence, we as a people have learned to live with it – you guys should take a stand against such things, regardless of which regime is in power. So it was not OK to beat up some farmer in Tailevu and steal his cow for a magiti at the parliament grounds some years back.
Hey, Ojo – I am a tree hugging, card carrying member of PETA – and I like my pony tail and the beard.
Societies get used to surprisingly high levels of violence and living in fear, however distrubing, has been accepted in dictatorships for very long periods. Lets hope when the boiling point will reached in Fiji (and it always gets there) we will not see conflict resolution Pol Pot or Rwanda/Burundi style. We do not have the human resources to afford the killing of millions. But lets not dream, this thing will not end without blood being spilled. Perhaps an assasination is a viable solution that minimizes pain and bloodshed.
April 19 2009
By Michael Field
In 1979 a 25 year old Fijian signed onboard to a Chilean Navy sailing ship Esmeralda. He was to spend six months aboard.
While an undoubtedly beautiful barque that ship then was a certifiable madhouse, a torture ship. Amnesty International, the US Senate and the Chilean Truth and Reconciliation Commission agreed that hundreds of opponents to Augusto Pinochet’s military regime were brutally tortured to death.
In the middle of it, for six months, was Sub Lieutenant Voreqe Bainimarama.
This was the formative part of his career that is otherwise marked by limited achievement.
What he made of it all is open to speculation; he has not talked about it.
Switch to November 2000 and that moment when his own men tried to kill him. Not only did he run, head-over-heel down the steep bank behind Queen Elizabeth Barracks and ran right out of Suva to Togalevu. There he mentally collapsed into a bloodlust rage; he was incapable of ending the mutiny. That job had was carried out by several other colonels; and they have now been removed, perhaps in part because they knew the truth about Bainimarama.
That night, quivering in the Navy Base, Bainimarama finally learnt who had led the mutiny against him; it was on of his boys. Shane Stevens. He was wounded and in hospital.
In an enraged and psychotic state Bainimarama ordered his men to take him to the hospital where, he said – before witnesses – that he intended to kill Stevens.
His men talked him out of it.
But something did happen, something that recalled Esmeralda.
Five of the rebels were tortured to death. One had his penis cut off, while alive. Another, his fingers torn out and in another, the tongue was ripped off. Pathologist reports showed they had been tied up while tortured.
Bainimarama was, until December 2006, under a slow and secret police investigation for having a direct role in all that.
Now all this is not mere incidental history; it is crucial to understanding the very nature of Fiji today.
A slew academics and commentators are using a kind of appeasement language, saying that while they could not possibly agree with Bainimarama’s method in mounting a coup, they did agree with his ideas. A bit like getting trains running on time; let us overlook the character and instead accept the cause. Yes, Mr Hitler was a bit of an unfortunate character; but look at what we got – autobahns, men in nice uniforms everywhere and A Thousand Year Reich.
“A new Legal Order means there is no longer the old,” he proclaims. Bainimarama, not Hitler. “There is no need, to speculate as to what happened, how it happened, what should have happened or what should not have happened. What is, is now, and the future.”
It has a kind of Year Zero ring about it.
The problem New Legal Order followers have, is they want us to believe that the banquet has nothing to do with the cook.
No one really doubts that Fiji needs a new and better voting system. Even the winners under the old system would readily agree; and it is interesting to realize they would win again under a new system.
When a man becomes a dictator though, it is no longer appropriate to just debate the idea. The author must be questioned and his motives examined.
The strangeness of Bainimarama needs closer investigation. Why was he sent home under disciplinary charges from the RFMF’s Sinai detachment? What did he do on Esmeralda, what skill he pick up from the Chileans? What did he do, or have done, to those soldiers who took part in the mutiny.
“This is an attempt by Satan to destroy us,” Bainimarama said two days after the mutiny. “They say Fiji will soon be blessed but we have yet to see.”
Bainimarama is a psychopath, clearly exhibiting the key traits of this mental illness. He lives a predatory lifestyle so characteristic of the psychopath and he seldom learns from experience of earlier mistakes. What he has been doing is to set up ways in which he can move forward and not get caught again.
He has a grandiose sense of self worth; best exposed just before the coup when he marched his soldiers into Suva wearing designer sunglasses and a khaki scarf.
Bainimarama is a successful psychopath; the problem is that Fiji has to pay for it.
The commodore combines psychopathic state with signs of clinical Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Two of its main symptoms are a grandiose sense of self-importance and a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success and power.
He also believes he is special and can only be understood by other special people. NPD requires excessive admiration and a special sense of entitlement – who, for example, managed to cash up decades of allegedly unused leave for a big cash settlement.
Is he mad, or bad, or both? Time will, of course, tell us this but it seems a particularly foolish idea that we should all entrust Fiji’s fate and security to a man over whom there are many unresolved questions around.
It is curious to note that one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Commodore, the Australian’s Graham Davis, more or less concedes that Bainimarama is not normal.
I am not going to particularly critique Mr Davis’ article. After all, the literary genius of the modern Pacific era, drummer Neumi Leweni, has proclaimed Mr Davis as brilliant, saying ”on the whole very well written”.
On the whole, I will be happy if I go to my grave without the endorsement and praise of the Master of the Grog Bowl, Drummer Leweni.
The Australian article does say this: “Frank Bainimarama can be autocratic, stubborn, wilful, obstinate and disdainful of the traditional nuances of civilian politics.”
But, says Mr Davis, he may be the best hope Fiji has.
Well, sorry, but this is the old don’t-agree-with-the-method-but-love-the-cause that was such a regular part of George Speight’s coup.
The outcome will be the same.
Is it just me, or does someone else think it’s significant that all the photos on Fijilive of the swearing in of the Illegal magistrates showed head shots only. They seem designed to make sure no-one else can be seen.
Did the photographer read the RFN blog which cited the law on swearing illegal oaths, which says that it’s a crime just to be present at such an oath swearing? Mary Chapman is definitely in trouble with her big kiss for Naulukau at his illegal swearing in as VP.
Must be that no-one is sure how iong the hijackers can remain in control. No doubt Frank and Co are moving all the money they can out of the country now they directly control the RBF. And they’ll have their bags packed ready to run. Their problem will be where to go. There are no direct flights from Nadi to dictator friendly places.
It’s only a matter of time but let’s hope they haven’t stolen or destroyed everything before they’re forced to run.
Navosavakadua – so those illegal swearing of Nailatikau – all those ambassadors who were there, I guess they have diplomatic immunity – right.
However, if they all knew what RFN knows, maybe it would have been more diplomatic not to show up at such illegal function.
So Navo – don’t you think they will run to where ever they are moving the money to – my bet is Ba, right there to Sorokoba, the capital of the Peoples Republic of West Fiji.
BTW – did any of your research, or that of RFN, show how those who were sworn in 1987, why they were not prosecuted – oh, I get it – they had immunity. And so did Speight, however, they managed to prosecute Speight because he violated the term of his immunity agreement.
So this time around, is there any particular reason why you, and the RFN, feel that there would be no immunity for these guys.
I think you guys should make up your mind – as to why you think these guys would be going to Naboro – I haven’t seen anything that suggests that this would be the case.
Unless you can convince yourself and others about this Naboro theory – could we just move on with the presumption that there would be a immunity agreement before the military gives up power.
Ratu Sai..think you better get your head out of your mums ass….Qarase haha is thousands time better than the idiotic arrogant and lamu sona wannabe military fuckwit that Frank is…He is an absolute disgrace to not only the military but to Fiji the south Pacific and his stupid dumb village that is a disgrace. You will all be executed in due course the hatred will run deep…..you will be picked off one by one old and young if you are associated with this wanker
@Bu (you shorten my name I’ll shorten yours – and that’s Bu as in the contents of unripe coconut, not my dear old granny)
As you no doubt know, there was no immunity for those who were sworn in illegally in 2000 but some present did get immunity for giving evidence. In other words, even then the people who were present for the event could be
My point remains: the photographer took all head shots. It seems like there was no-one present. The fear of prosecution is not in my mind, it’s in theirs and that’s what matters.
Navo – when it comes to immunity its what your lawyer negotiates.
We have seen that Rabuka had a airtight immunity agreement that has stood the test of time. Speight also had a immunity agreement and would have stood up also if here had better legal advice.
One of the the things with immunity agreements is that if you violate the terms of the agreement, than the immunity goes out the window, and they can prosecute you for whatever they can. That is what happened in Speight’s case.
I think that Bainimarama and company and their lawyers have learned a lot from what happened with both Rabuka and Speight’s immunity deals – and they will come up with an airtight immunity agreement before they leave.
If however, someone takes out this regime by force, than they can prosecute whoever they want.
In case of Speight those pictures were important, how this regime is operating – if does not make much different whether you have photographs or not – I am sure both sides have good lawyers and investigators and if the other side gets in the position of power where they could prosecute – they will be able to come up with the required evidence to tie in people with the regime.
I know that you the fear of prosecution is not in mind – what is in your mind is this idea of prosecution – while I think that at the end of the day, they will be a negotiated settlement or an election where the elected government will grant immunity before the military goes away – thus no prosecution.
Renegade – you keep talking about other peoples rear – what we have here is that Frank has his boot up you arse – that should be your immediate concern.
Living in fear of their own shadows. These people complaining must be the pick pocket boys of Suva. It is so safe to walk about Suva now especially at night. Moce yani Qarase, moce yani, sa oti nomu gauna lai cici niu tale mada,