|Ours is not to question, ours is to do or die: Aziz with Bainimarama and Aseri Rokoura. Below with Ana Rokomokoti.|
“We need a new Fiji." That's the call from the RFMF's chief of staff, Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz.
And yet, Aziz could not answer directly in his own thesis a most critical question that continues to dog Fiji - why does the army allow itself to be used by coupmakers and can soldiers hide behind the Defence of Superior Orders?
Aziz addressed cadets during a passing-out parade at Navua a few days ago saying Fiji was at a time where we needed "total commitment to all that we pursue, particularly, when we sense a constraint in our social, political and economical structure.'
“Fiji needs a new spirit," he said. "We need sound judgment and understanding. We need clear hearts and minds. We need a new Fiji. Given the constant pressure and hardships we face, we the leaders of our societies, teachers and parents can expect the soaring demands at the end of the day.
Yet in his 2008 thesis looking at why soldiers follows orders from superiors taking refuge behind the saying ‘Ours is not to reason why, ours is to do or die', Aziz fails to explore honestly the situation in Fiji, preferring instead to look at the conflict of other countries.
Part two to follow: Aziz's conclusion citing John Steinbeck. "War did not make a killer of me, although for a time I killed men."