#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Showtime as the US calls Bainimarama's bluffs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Showtime as the US calls Bainimarama's bluffs

By Jone Baledrokadroka former land commander now studying at ANU

 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement in Melbourne yesterday that Washington is working with Canberra to press Fiji's military rulers to restore democracy, flies in the face of those wanting rapprochement with the Fiji military regime.

This volley-across-the-bow of illegality has come at a time when there has been much propaganda to grant regional and international acceptance of Bainimarama’s illegal rule.

Clinton further dampened coup apologists ‘Look North’ policy by revealing that the US is also working with Asian nations to persuade Suva to reintroduce democratic government.

In the past months as the Fijian economy plummeted, the regime spin doctors have even tried to somehow infer by association that there has been a sea change in US` policy towards their illegal regime.

Clinton’s emphatic retort,"We are going to be working together with Australia to persuade the military government in Suva to meet its commitment to bring democracy back to Fiji," and that “that process would need to involve giving Fijians greater political freedoms” will no doubt rankle with the regime and its elections 2014 mantra.

More so, Clinton’s wish to cut through the illegalities: "In the short term we would like to see steps that advance political freedom such as allowing professional civilians to return to return to key government ministries" strikes hard at the militarization of an ever unaccountable  government without fiscal transparency.

Bainimarama’s regime is desperately gasping for the oxygen of international legitimacy and should understand that the renewal of friendly relations between close neigbours by playing the China card, or creating cheap tantrums, will not turn a trick.

In the short term, Clinton’s policy statement on Fiji will create great unease in Suva. Fiji has  339 soldiers serving in the Multinational Forces and Observers in Sinai Egypt so is at the mercy of the US granting further mandates.

Just as disconcerting for the regime is the US withdrawal from Iraq where Fiji has a compliment of 245 soldiers with UNAMI. Like the Congo, Iraq will want to rid itself as soon as possible of the bane of international peacekeepers as peace is restored. The United Nations no new future peacekeeping deployment policy for Fiji  is still extant and will sting Bainimarama’s loyal constituency, the handsomely paid military.

As the most powerful of the five  permanent members of the Security Council, the US has had a huge cudgel to wield in global peacekeeping operations. Again, Fiji is at her mercy should Washington play hardball.
The withdrawing of all international civilian security contractors from Afghanistan as of January next year has added remittances implications for Bainimarama’s flailing government.

Indeed, ex-Fijian soldiers serving in droves in that troubled nation will not take kindly to a return as low paying security guards in Fiji's crime ridden poverty stricken urban cities.

Fiji has built a reputation of being the good international citizen with her Peacekeeping troops. The four years of lies perpetrated on its own people by the regime has seriously eroded Fiji’s reserve of international political capital.

The US, Australia, and New Zealand have had a strong hand in the building of Fiji’s international acceptance as peacekeepers, including excellent training and logistics support.   

What our tinpot dictator must understand is that the US, with  its global democratic allies and institutions, always had more and better cards to play so can deal to his petty bluffs.

Clinton’s reiterated US policy in concert with Australia on Fiji is crystal clear. The South Pacific will remain a western lake as it has always been post World War Two.

Ironically, the regime’s latest gambling casinos stop gap intention may well have tipped US interests to paying attention to a growing human security nest of issues in Fiji and the region.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

US UMAV USS Clinton,just blew the illegal junta and their misguided captain out of the seas.

La La land said...

Hasn't this guy seen the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today? What's he on?

Pardon? said...

I'm either living in a parallel universe or Johnny is. Totally the opposite of the true American position. It's all over the news in Australia but perhaps there's no access to media at the ANU.

smack in the mouth said...

This is a serious smack in the mouth to the bainimarama dictatorship. The carpet baggers like Thomson have been spending Fijian's hard earned money holidaying all over the world and giving free lunches to all who would be in a photo shoot. It has been as much benefit to the people of Fiji as Sharon Goebbels and the military chief injustice gates.
And the IMF loan - gone like a puff of wind!!!
Now the US has told the junta to get its act together - the Fiji dictatorship, like those it parroted in Burma and North Korea, is on the ropes.

mark manning said...

It's comforting to know that perhaps my many emails to the U.S. President over the past 2 to 3 years, may have heightened the Governments awareness there, as to the possibility of Fiji becoming a breeding ground for Terrorists.
Indeed, the attempt to introduce a Casino may well have been the straw that broke the camels back and awaken the americans to this very real possibility, which no doubt now, has become a probability.

I'm sure that trilateral negotiations have been going on for some time between the U.S., Australia and China over Fiji's' future.

It's hilarious to think that Frank and Co. still believe that they hold the reigns of power, as if they ever did !

Going nowhere coup said...

This coup is worse that we thought - it is going nowhere fast. The pigs are too busy in the trough stealing what they can - sharon - tell porky hairyarse to get off his backside, stop counting what he has stolen, and actually do something - moron!

Jake said...

No worries the Kalou Vu is on Bai's side. Long live the Fiji military.


Jake

Anonymous said...

Thank you Hillary you the woman.
Now Voreqe n comp will be lamushan as the US n Aust coordinate his ouster.
Bye bye voreqe!!!
But wait - they have no choice but to hold on at any cost until the nation collapses. Time for a negotiated way out Vore!!!

Anonymous said...

@ Jake, please rephrase your comment, NOT THE KALOU VU, THE DEVIL HIMSELF REINCARNATED IN THE FORM OF VOREQE BAINIMARAMA, call a spade a spade!!! TAKE YOUR TIME JAKE & CO, ENJOY WHILE IT LASTS, YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, NOTHING GOOD, NOTHING BAD LASTS FOREVER, EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN HAS AN EXPIRY DATE, BE PREPARED TO BE EXPRIRED ACHA?

Anonymous said...

Open letter - Mr. Baledrokadroka.

Given current impass - what are your views regarding following?

Pardons for all concerned? (both civilian & military).

Direct military intervention by outside forces who would subsequently surpervise elections under UN mandate?

Wait until 2014 - or before - see what transpires?

Non of above?

Anonymous said...

Hope La La land @3.54pm and co have figured it out. Hello.....Pretty clear where the US and Australia both want the same thing. take everything you read in fiji media with a grain of coconut

Anonymous said...

4 years on and you are still failingly assuming and presuming so round and round the merry go round you all go. Aren't you all sick of yourselves?