In this letter I share with you my understanding of the deep shame that your scandal has brought to the hundreds of thousands of Samoans both on-island and in the global diaspora, probably more than half a million Samoans currently alive, many of your ancestors who will be turning in their grave (I am sure) and the likely millions of Samoans yet to be.
You sir, with your cowardly act of banning the blogger who was onto your immorality – and who was prepared to expose (as I have) your attempted cover-up – are morally bankrupt, thus totally unworthy to lead your people. I claim this not because of the inappropriate relationships that you have (what man with power doesn’t avail himself of those willing to oblige?); not even because you got caught and exposed; not even because it was a Palagi who did the exposing, but because in attempting to cover-up, you showed yourself weak and afraid.
This, for the Samoan people is unforgivable, and you know it.
That’s the shame that you bring on your people Tui, that you are a coward.
If there is one thing that Samoans are it’s proud. Proud to be a nation founded upon God. Proud to be strong, virile, athletic and Samoan with all it’s rich cultural history. Samoan manliness is demonstrated on the rugby field as the passion drives your athletes to the top of their craft. Samoan manliness is demonstrated in the pub so that when a minor insult is even so much murmured in a corner, your people will defend your Samoan honour – and to the death too, if necessary.
Your boxing sportsmen know and feed on the huge support that they have from ALL Samoans past, present and future and propel themselves into the gym day after day and then into the ring with world-beating confidence – why? Because they are proud to be Samoan ‘warriors’.
Then there’s you, a political leader too scared of the Palagi to front up or fess up. Trying to cover-up your crimes by getting others to do the dirty work, and getting your Palagi nemesis ‘exported’ through the back door, is a disgrace!
You are lucky Tui, that many outside of Samoan circles still don’t know or understand the profound shame that the Samoan people will be feeling as the result of your cowardice. You are also lucky that the Samoan media will do everything they can to avoid exposure of Samoan immorality and hypocrisy until they are unable to do it any longer and HAVE to run with the story. You are lucky that I don’t have it in for you and undertake some nefarious political plot to have you evicted from Samoan politics. I can’t be bothered to be quite frank – you’re just a politician at the end of the day!
I want to fast forward now to a future date and event where one of your people (a Samoan) is in a conflict situation with one of mine (a Palagi). It could be a war, or a financial or political conflict or perhaps a sporting conflict. They stare at each other, puffing themselves up and presenting their credentials to each other – their muscles, their bravery or their power in social situations . . . then the Palagi simply looks your man in the eyes and says, “You’re all cowards, just like your leader! I know because of Dennis!” and your man will shrivel right up in shame and want to die. Game over! Why? Because the Samoan will know that it’s true – Samoa is led by a coward; a gutless hypocrite.
This is what people need to understand Tui about how Samoans view shame, and it is that to the vast majority of Samoans shame is THE worse thing that can happen to them, and for many this is worse than death. That’s why you have a nasty little suicide problem on-island.
Now I don’t subscribe to this cultural norm in the slightest, because I’m not a Samoan. You though are, and I know full-well that you understand the profound significance of your exposure.
Www.Palemia.com is not just another attack blog from a bitter Palagi who got expelled from Samoa, oh, no no no Tui, www.Palemia.com is a HUGE hit on the hypocrisy of Samoa’s political leader and will have massive ramifications for a very long time.
And please don’t blame me if you want to bury yourself over this scandal. I’m just the messenger.
In my next letter I explain to readers more about the significance of this shame that you have brought upon your people and country, and it all starts with the phrase “I told you so!” because, as you know, I warned you many, many times and over the seven years I lived in Samoa.