I hate being right. Unfortunately, I have being almost right most of the time on my blog.
When I wrote about Genocide in Papua New Guinea, we didn’t have the Airlines PNG disaster, the Pacific International Hospital Incident, the Landslide in the Southern Highlands and the recent ferry disaster. Too many deaths that are a result of the exploitation of indigenous people by Vampire Capitalists.
I was the first to identify the current political tussle as a proxy war between the East and the West. Initially a lot of people ridiculed me for making my thesis known. Today it is generally accepted that that is indeed the case.
To me it was therefore hardly surprising that suggestions of Indonesian (Indonesia is part of the East) interference in the recent mutiny. The French-made riffles used by the mutineers are not standard PNGDF weapons and are known to be used by the Indonesian Special Forces. Col Sasa is also known to have had a recent stint in Indonesia. The Falcon jet transporting Belden Namah also just happened to say hello to an Indonesian fighter jet recently.
Strange co-incidences aren’t they?
By the way, I hate writing my blog articles but it seems I’ve been cursed with the ability to see patterns arising out of events in distant and recent history.
If Australia is the US’s sheriff in the Pacific then it seems like Indonesia is China’s sheriff.
You see folks, NOT ONCE have Australia and the US or the European Union condemned the actions of the O’Neil Namah regime. Now these are countries that usually pester other nations about democracy and the rule of law.
And so we are now faced with a situation whereby every arm of the government is politicized and probably bought off. With the politicizing of the military and subsequent mutiny we now have disaffection with both disciplinary forces. The fault lines are deep but are covered by a superficial truce of convenience.
What the mutiny brought was something I didn’t figure into the equation and most pundits overlook. Now the fact is that we are a diverse nation. However, there exists a form of Neo-tribalism called the Wantok System or Save Pes or Boi Blong Grup or Skwad, etc... These forms of Neo-tribalistic alliances unite people from the same geographical region. The geographical region may be a remote district, a suburb, settlement or block.
It is well known that Papua New Guineans give undue respect and allegiance to their Big Men or Lida Man. One only has to have Figureheads from these Neo-tribal alliances taking sides over the current impasse in order for trouble to flare. Now when trouble happens in PNG it usually ends up being the outlet were all other grievances are released.
For instance, the mutineers exploited the current political crisis to vent their frustrations over pay and other conditions. Somare aint exactly a saint, yet there are people you are willing defend him and soldiers willing to revolt – now that’s the Big Man Culture. And those with tribal or neo-tribal connections with Sasa would vigorously defend what he did regardless of any legal opinion expressed against them.
It is with-in that context that I warned that things could get uglier as more third parties get dragged into this political affair. Now that the Chief Justice has been suspended, another third party has entered the equation. We now have messages like the one below popping up:
“Parliamentary Democracy in Emerging Nations such as ours is fragile. A country that abandons its Rule of Law will go down the toilet. The popular belief that a new Government formed after the National Elections can right the wrongs created since December 12 is misconceived. THE COUNTRY IS IN THE VERGE OF DISINTEGRATING INTO ANARCHY. Current indications are that the National Elections may be suspended. No one is safe in a society where there is no Rule of law. The Legal year starts on Monday the 6th of February. The Public is urged to show support for the Chief Justice and the Rule of Law by celebrating Mass at Waigani Christian Centre with the Judges and members of the Legal fraternity, and in Marching with the Judges, CIS, Army and Police to the Supreme Court premises. If you believe in the Law please copy this message and text to 10 others and make sure you participate in the opening of the legal year on Monday. Members of the public are further advised that armed Police squads 2,4,5, & 6 are believed to be stationed at the Supreme Court and are currently being paid and maintained outside normal Police pay packet.”
“Stand by for the Schedule of Programme”.
By: “PRO-PNG CONSTITUTIONALIST”
We are now presented with the mechanism by which people from across the nation are being recruited into the power play between the two Pretenders to the throne and their Puppet Masters.
You see folks Parliament has been in breach of the Constitution for a long time. In March 2011, I was at the National Research Institute when Sir Arnold Amet launched the NRI Spotlight paper Vole 4 No.5 This Parliament and the Next. Amet argued there that the Supreme Court was wrong when it concluded that Parliament shall sit no less than 9 weeks per year.
The Constitution of Papua New Guinea has been undermined for years. It is almost as good as dead and both sides are responsible for the pathetic state of the Mama Lo. The people who concern me most are not the illiterate rural dwellers rather the so called educated elite who seem to easily fall prey to dog-whistle politics.