Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Frank's Bragging Rights Further Undermines Fiji

Sai's Comments:
  • My prediction is that Frank will continue to use these expulsions as a way to garner support from within Fiji and among friends in the Pacific and those in Asia such as China and India.
  • He portrays himself as the victim taking on big brother nations NZ and Australia to curry favour with others.
  • The sad reality is that nations are plain sick and tired of his brinkmanship and will refuse to play to his tune. They have far better things to do in Fiji such as helping ordinary citizens directly through aid organisations on the ground. They must keep their integrity intact as Frank's rule though too long, will eventually end, if not in an inferno for him personally, and his soul mates in his illegal government.
  • The key ingredients for a fruitful engagement are not there and hasn't been for a while. Deep listening to all citizens' expectations for Fiji has not been present as Frank is not one who listens other than to himself. His advisers are mere lap dogs who say what he wants to hear.
  • Remove Frank from the scene and you begin to dismantle his apparatus of power. His regime has not been based on any sound or enduring philosophical foundation, despite his pontifications to the opposite. It has been based on exacting revenge and ensuring self preservation for him and his supporters. He lacks the brain power to even think for himself let alone for a nation.
  • What he has in fact sown are the seeds for long term misery, distrust and discord among the people of Fiji. He must surely pay for that, if not in this life then in the next.
  • I am just surprised no one has yet got rid of him up to now, in order to also earn the bragging rights, for ridding Fiji of its most hated tyrant, since the dark cannibalistic days of our forefathers prior to Christianity arriving on the shores of Fiji.
Jon Fraenkal, an expert on Fijian affairs at the Australian National University, said the latest spat added to the legacy of antagonism between the Fijian dictator and the governments of New Zealand and Australia.

"There's been a whole succession of these diplomatic spats and I think the Commander in Fiji uses these politically in order to consolidate support for his government," he told Radio New Zealand.

He said the expulsion of the diplomats would endanger the rebounding Fijian tourism industry as without consular assistance, travellers would be more weary, adding to an already bleak economic situation.

It was difficult to see a resolution, he told radio New Zealand.

These incidents were used to galvanize support but Australia and New Zealand could not facilitate a consolidation of the government.

"I suppose the really damaging thing about the current episode is that it closes lines of communication. If there is a transition io Fiji, if there is a crumbling of the regime, a move towards greater dialogue or even election, there won't be representation on the ground from Australia and New Zealand to assist that process."
He said he did not think Australia and New Zealand could do much to reconcile the situation.

The British High Commissioner to New Zealand, George Fergusson, condemned the expulsion.

"We very much regret this decision. It can only be a retrograde step for Fiji and the region," he said.

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