Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Coup No 2

Fiji's had a coup. This is the second coup of 2006, and Fiji's fourth. Like Thailand's coup, this one has been building up for a while, but was a lot more public, with negotiation going on between the military and the Prime Minister for quite some time beforehand. Some pretty good background reading can be found here, here, and here.

I don't know as much about what's been going on in Fiji as I do about Thailand, but again I disagree with the idea of the military stepping into politics and trying to control or influence the elected government.

I just had the idea of keeping all military facilities outside of the actual country, on islands and atolls and that sort of thing, but that is perhaps a bad idea for a few reasons. They include the fact that it isolates the military from the people, and two, isn't really practical for most countries.

Anyway, I once again state my support for democratically elected governments, the ideal of a non-political military, and hope that regular government is restored to Fiji soon.

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Chris_the_Blogger said...

Unlike Thailand, Fiji's did not have popular support. I think it is disgraceful. It is little more than a thinly veiled grap for power. The man should be executed.

ddz said...

This coup has been building for over 4 years. The ousted PM did nothing to clean up his act or control the people involved in the 2000 coup who were profiting by being in this Govt. The Commander felt that he had nowhere else to turn. At the end of the day he does not want power for himself. Look at History this is the 2nd time he has had the country under MArtial Rule. Last time he saved it but quickly gave up power to the interim Govt. Ironically it was the Commander who set up Qarase as the PM, thinking he would do a good job