Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) stated that
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
This is true for Fiji, but who will stand and fight for freedom from bainimarama's small group of crooks and military sodomites who are intimidating and assaulting citizens and holding Fiji hostage.
We know that the majority of the RFMF and the Fiji Police do not support bainimarama and his sodomite thugs, but they follow orders as good soldiers and officers do. And this is the hold bainimarama has over the rank and file.
However, frank bainimarama is not the commander of the RFMF. And he knows it.
Bainimarama was being replaced by the Qarase Government, so he threatened the PM and government to renew his contract or he would have them removed. This means thatbainimarama is NOT the rightful or legal commander of the RFMF. Therefore, the officer corp and soldiers of the RFMF do not have to listen to the orders of Bainimarama and his senior officers who are holding Fiji hostage.
Moral and loyal RFMF officers need to take a stand against the illegal junta, given all the evidence that proves that bainimarama:
These RFMF officers need to take a stand and save their once proud RFMF institution and reputation from being dragged further down the gutter by Frank Bainimarama.
Fiji's proposed new constitution was developed by Professor Ghai and his commission from over 7,000 submissions received from the people of Fiji and from the vast experience and expertise of two world law experts on constitutions. This constitution is referred to as the Professor Ghai Constitution, which also recommends that soldiers not follow illegal orders.
Military discipline and effectiveness is built on the foundation of obedience to orders. Recruits are taught to obey, immediately and without question, the orders from their superiors, from day-one of boot camp. Any soldier who fails to obey the lawful orders of their superiors risk serious consequences. The Code of Military Justice makes it a crime for any soldier to WILLFULLY disobey a superior commissioned officer or to disobey any lawful order .
An order which is unlawful does not need to be obeyed, but obeying such an order can also result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys the unlawful/illegal order.
Military courts the world over have long held that members of the military are accountable for their actions even while following orders -- if the order was illegal.
The defence that a soldier "was only following orders" has been unsuccessfully used as a legal defence in hundreds of cases worldwide. The most notable is probably by Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II. Their defence of only following orders didn't work for them, nor has it worked in hundreds of cases since. And nor will it work in Fiji. So its far better to redeem yourselves now, rather than later.
It's clear, under military law, that members of the military can be held accountable for crimes committed under the guise of "obeying orders," and there is no requirement to obey orders which are unlawful/illegal.
Any order to commit a crime is unlawful. This includes orders to:
None of these orders can be classified as a lawful order to perform a military duty. These are illegal and unlawful orders as they involve the commission of a crime.
However, here's the problem that RFMF soldiers face. They must disobey unlawful/illegal orders at their own risk. Making this stand alone can be easily overcome by bainimarama's goons. But standing up together as one large group will be formidable and more effective. The rest will then follow.
Ultimately, it's not whether or not you, the soldier or member of the military, thinks the order is illegal or unlawful, but it's whether the courts, under a free and truly independent democratic system of justice, thinks the order was illegal or unlawful.
So now is the time to stand up and take a stand to free your families, yourselves and your loved ones and Fiji from bainimarama's small group of crooks and military sodomites who are intimidating and assaulting citizens and holding Fiji hostage.
We need to take a stance now before freedom is extinct in Fiji, which is what is now happening under frank bainimarama.
Freedom is not passed on in the bloodstream. Freedom must be fought for, protected, and handed on for our future generations to do the same under a truly free and fair democratically elected government and an truly independent and professional judiciary