History has shown benevolent dictatorships are not sustainable in the long term. Successes are few.
Benevolent dictatorships should be seen as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. This is the same for all conflicts in the world today – ultimately all wars are fought for political or religious outcomes. The wise old Confucius says, wars do not determine who is right, but who is left.
Fiji could have gone down the path of civil war to determine who is left after the last shot has been fired and the dust has settled. This may may put an end to the coup culture once and for all but it is a helluva price to pay.
Instead what we have seen is a strong leader taking the reins, holding the country together, knowing full well that in time the madness will subside as knowledge and acceptance overcomes ignorance and paranoia.
Fiji’s benevolent dictatorship is only a means to an end. It is not a long term solution.