Most of violence and killing we see in the world today is either religious or ethnic based. Fiji’s military have been involved in maintaining the peace in all these hot-spots around the world – in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, East Timor and the Pacific over the last 30 years.
The military are no strangers to the roots of these conflicts. They are in a better position to make qualified judgements on the maintenance of peace in Fiji than any self-appointed saviours of the church or corrupt politicians.
Yes, thank God for the military in Fiji.
Fiji is far from a “failed state” as most of the academics like Brij Lal would put it. The military is doing all that is possible to prevent it from being one.
The textbook carrot and stick approach favoured by our larger neighbours typifies the abysmal understanding they have of regional cultures and complexities.
Some of the blame should be directed to the academics like Brij Lal who persistently try to force a square peg into a round hole without seeing the obvious.