” Helpem Fiji Frend”
The stand taken by the MSG, in particular PNG and the Solomon Islands in relation to Fiji lifts the stakes to new heights. The implications are enormous, far far beyond the tiresome calls for the return to democracyin Fiji.
What we are seeing today are two island nations with enormous economic clout standing up to imperialist bullying by the big two. It is not the first time Sir Michael Somare has locked horns with Australia on the issue of sovereignty – he opposed “Operation Helpem Fren” a $2.4b aid package concocted by Australia in 2004, a condescending attempt to fast track the evolution of the PNG people from tree dwellers to the big smoke. At least that was the idea they spun, but the true motive was to exploit the mining and oil reserves of the country.
Sir Michael was over-ruled by his cabinet on that occassion. A decision they greatly regret today. But he is not gonna let Fiji suffer the same humiliation and standover tactics he endured at the hands of Australia in 2004. The MSG is no longer a feral dog feeding on scraps. The MSG carries more clout than all the Pacific island nations combined. That is a fact. How? Consider the current record prices for gold and metals and names like Rio Tinto, Gold Ridge Mining, BHP – all Australian companies raping the rich resources of PNG and the Solomons.
Forget about the rantings of Tonga and Samoa. They are just empty barrels with zero economic clout. They are just fresh-of-da-boat freeloaders who have nothing to offer Australia and NZ.
Fiji has some important allies in the MSG. The stakes have been raised to dizzying heights.