The fact that Fiji has just received a loan (2) of $F170 million is, of course, immaterial. After all, no one could suggest that a man as profoundly democratic and judicious as Commodore Frank Bainimarama - shortly to appoint himself King of Scotland and award himself the V.C. (3) (Rumours that he was behind the liberation of medals from colonial opression at Waioru can not be confirmed) - would be swayed by something as worldly as mammon. Between reading Schopenhauer and Locke, with a dash of Franz Fanon thrown in to liven things up, Mr Bainimarama dispenses his august wisdom with an unconcern for such worldly things as laws, democracy, freedom of the press or association, habeas corpus and the like; one can safely assume then, than something as dirty and commonplace as mere money would have no influence of this paragon of virtue.
The Pacific is blessed with not one, but two such leaders, however. The people of New Zealand need not gaze enviously in the direction of Fiji. There own leader, Helen Clark, has demonstrated qualities (4) almost as wondrous as those of Mr Bainimarama (Rumours that the Chinese are seeking to install him as the real and official - perhaps even Absolute and Inalienable - Dalai Lama, once the current terrrorist incumbent (5) has been dealt with (judciously, humanely and reasonably, of course - as one would expect of the wise and gracious government of China) can not be confirmed at this time). It is entirely possible that a less judicious person would have been swayed by the imminent signing of a world first free trade deal with the just and humane regime in Beijing, that enjoys a level of popularity not seen since the hGolden Age of Democracy in the middle east under Sadat and Hussein (6).
How lucky we are to have a leader whose eyes never waver from the distant desired goal, who is guiding New Zealand with purpose and unfaltering certainty, ever closer to the level of international respect and moral rectitude of countries such as Fiji!
1 - 'Fiji to China: We support crackdown,' unattributed Reuters article, 25th of March, 2008. reproduced on TVNZ
2 - ibid.
3 - 'Idi Amin Dada, VC, CBE .. RIP,' by Peter Baumont in The Observer, 17th of August, 2003. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/aug/17/peterbeaumont.theobserver)
4 - 'Pressure on PM over China,' unattributed One News article, 17th of March, 2008. Reproduced on TVNZ website: (http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1642012)
5 - 'China accuses Dalai Lama of being a terrorist,' by Jane Macartney in The Times, 24th of March, 2008. (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3607668.ece)
6 - 'In Middle Eastern elections, no one bats an eyelid when the leader gets 110 per cent of the vote,' by Robert Fisk in The Independent, 30th of April, 2008. Reproduced on selvesandothersrs.org: (http://www.selvesandothers.org/article9488.html). The details are reproduced (word for word) from The Great War for Civilisation, page 1038 (!) of the paperback edition, published by 4th Estate in 2005. One can forgive Fisk for being a little bit lazy as the tome runs to almost 1300 pages. Without pictures.