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This is the photograph (right) which reduced Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, and countless others to runny-nosed tears, in the case of the Prime Minister on national television. Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, is the name commonly given an anonymous man, who became internationally famous, when he was videotaped and photographed during the
In the West, pictures of the Tank Man were presented as a symbol of the Chinese democracy movement; a Chinese youth risking his life to oppose a military juggernaut seemed a fitting representation of students bravely and spontaneously protesting against the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Government. The image resonated within democracies as a symbol of an individual's power to halt government and force a change in direction.
Recent events in
In his book Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity,
Whether the cause can be traced back to colonial policies of “Divide and rule”, or to even more longstanding tribal rivalries in indigenous communities, it seems undeniable that in Fiji a high level of the trust referred to by Fukuyama is absent, not only within communities, churches, social and professional organizations, but even within families, and Fiji is paying a high economic price for the deficiency, not only in terms of economic development, but more recently in the failure to oppose in an effective and reasoned way the recent assertion of military force in a manner which has caused, and will continue to cause economic hardship to its people. Attributed to 18th Century politician, Edmund Burke, and probably wrongly, is the much and variously-quoted maxim: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’. So long as the good men, and women of
- The author, Dr John Cameron is a lawyer who has visited, worked in, observed, and otherwise enjoyed
for in excess of forty years. Fiji