In my last letter to you I said that I would discuss the nature of your foolishness when dealing with your country at an international level. I said that if you misrepresent the reality to the world about your country, this is nothing compared to how you misrepresent the way that you present your engagement with the rest of the world. Your people as a rule simply don’t know what the big wide world means and you too, while leader, have a limited mindset built from a small village thinking. I aim to explain this more. Your people really appreciated it when I did this in a village setting because they really had no idea what you got up to and the real reasons why you did what you did.
The underlying premise here is that Samoa is a small country geographically distant from the rest of the world. You, their leader have been out in the big wide world and learned a bit, but at heart you, and most Samoans are small thinkers just scratching for crumbs at the rich-man’s table. Now you personally have a few more crumbs than those others in your society – you eat more; they service your needs from the Sonjas of your life to the distant reaches of your empire – you are treated as a king and are given anything what you want.
Fair enough. You are Palemia after all.
But on the international stage you are a sideshow. People humour you and occasionally they throw you a few more for their immigration quotas and let a few more of your workers in and sometimes (when it suits them) let you have a few more crumbs. People are generally not aware of this and how it works because you deceive them, deliberately for political benefit. You will talk things up because it is in your interest to do so, politically. This is ungodly conduct Tui, no matter how politically expedient it is, when you deceive, you allow bad things to result. This is a cosmic law, thus your corruption comes right back to you and your approach to ruling your people. Jesus called the one who lies motivated by evil, the father of all lies. I find this all repugnant, and especially how you can justify this simply because in politics you think you have to. You don’t. Strong, honest, Christian leaders are loved and trusted by their people and always have been – BECAUSE, unlike you, they have faith and the people know it.
Now there was a very interesting parallel observable over the last decade in the South Pacific with yourself and Frank. Frank Bainamarama took over the reigns in Fiji and has ran his country in parallel with your leadership and he showed the pure and automatic results from fronting up to corruption and self-interest. You could not get a clearer comparison of the two ways to deal with nepotism – same geographical issues. Same human issues. Very similar cultures (excluding the Indian influence). Totally different leadership approaches. Frank took the corruption on – head on and while he may not be an angel, the results, compared to you and Samoa are the difference between white and dark, light and day. Your advisors will not share with you what I know and see, but Tui, your attacks on Frank epitomise the Samoan ways – petty, small thinking, out for the short-term before the mid term and totally uncaring about the long term, and screaming, “Loser! Loser!” while Fiji is recognised the world over as a progressive country worthy of foreign investment and visiting.
And why? Because of Frank and his leadership. Even those of different culture to him recognised that he was a real man for the times and that there was a better way. Yes, he too is a politician but he stood up for what he believed is right. He engaged with the world in a business manner and achieved.
You Tui, remained the same . . . presenting your people and culture poorly on the international stage and are still a beggar of the crumbs of handouts by some sort of divine right rather than being recognised as a strong country knowing who they are and with a good grasp of reality ready to work for what they seek. You see Tui, Samoans know they are Samoan but they don’t know how to present themselves to others because they don’t deal with reality. They live in a make-believe world that being Samoan is the beginning and end of life and that the world owes them everything. It’s nothing whether you are Samoan or a Pigmy to the world. It’s only one part of life and the rest has to come from hard work and integrity.
So let’s dive into your troubles dealing with international agencies and forces. The first thing is that you go for the money. You and I have discussed this specifically more than once but when you take the money on offer, you trade your national sovereignty. This is known to you and your insiders but your people really just don’t know this. You don’t tell them this because they would lynch you if you did. When you agree to an international standard in order to be a part of something to get the money, you force your people to bow to foreign interests, now or in the future. The easiest way to see this is to ask yourself this question, “Do trees grow in Samoa?” then, “So why is so much timber being imported?” Even a child can see that it’s in Samoa’s interests to grow trees then mill them locally.
But this is an international thing Tui, not just Samoa. You see this is only ONE example of the consequences of international agreements – you are required to comply with local milling restrictions as conditionalities of getting the money on offer for other things.
Another question out of so, sooo many that thinkers have, is the rise of women in Samoan politics. Apart from your personal benefit from which Samoans as a rule want to only talk about in private, is this not very strange to the Samoan population at large? Why is there suddenly a quota and target for women representation? Where did this come from? What you do not tell your people is that this is a global condition in this case engineered originally through the Commonwealth but to your benefit by way of bribes from TPTB internationally. It’s social engineering which you have to buy into in order to get the money – greed Tui. That’s all it is. Easy money, go with the flow, change things in your culture and present white as black and black as white and the people have no idea what you are getting up to or why.
The same thing with land law changes. People in the know understand the impact of Agenda 21 at a global level and some of them attempt to fight you but you hide this all because by selling out Samoa’s sovereignty you gain the funds you want on offer in other areas. That’s politics at an international level you say . . . oh yes it is. The crime is not that you participate in this globalisation rort – you have every right to do that in my book. The real crime Tui, is that you lie and deceive to your own people and THAT is wrong. If they really knew what goes on up there on the 5th floor you wouldn’t last a minute on the streets.
I will move on now, having made my point – you deceive your own people; you play the political game at an international level simply to get the money and you totally lack integrity in presenting things to your own people.
In my next letter I will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership style and highlight the facts surrounding your tenure in power. This will help people to see the reality of your not inconsiderable contribution to Samoa’s history. Unfortunately from where I sit it isn’t particularly pretty in many regards.