Character Assassination Follow Up
It started with Graham Davis who said he was proud to be associated with the others on the list: “Unlike our detractors, we support a prosperous, multiracial and just Fiji, with true democracy for every citizen.”
Another wrote, “I am honoured to be included in this group of very exceptional people who have shown a deep commitment to Fiji.”
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And on Friday, the only ethnic Fijian on the hate list, the Rev Akuila Yabaki emailed: “I am equally proud to be associated with such distinguished people; all of them are thinkers outside the box in search for solutions through dialogue in which there’s no “we” and “them” but a commitment to a better future for all.“
I know where the Rev Yabaki was in the “before” Red Dragon called attention to. Like other members of the Citizen’s Constitutional Forum, he was speaking out for a better Fiji, which the CCF has been doing since it was formed in the wake of the 1987 coup led by Sitiveni Rabuka on the pretext of protecting ethnic Fijians from the rapacious Indians, while really protecting the privileges of a section of the the Fijian elite and associated Indian business interests.
Which leaves us to ask where the SDL bloggers are now. Do they truly want an inclusive democracy in Fiji, or merely a return to the old days? If the former, they also should be trying the think outside the box; if the latter, well, they’ll just keep blogging.
Three other comments on my blog item “Sick Character Assassination…” further demonstrate where these people are coming from and why, arguably, at least some aspects of the PER perhaps need to be retained:
Says one: “(I) couldn't be happier with coupfour comments...the sooner people in Fiji accept there are serious consequences for supporting an illegal regime the better.”
Says two: “We can smell the fear. Do you think those who have foolishly collaborated with and supported this human rights abusing illegal regime know what is coming? No wonder the Hon PM Qarase is saying (sic!) silent and chuckling to himself? “
Says three: “ The regime is finished. You and the others know it. A smart move for everyone who has collaborated or supported this human rights abusing murderous regime would be publically distance themselves from such thugs - don't you agree? “
In the Weekend Readings, I published some of the comments I’ve rejected over the past few months. See “Comment-Scam…” to see why.