LaRouche in Fiji
Less than three weeks into the ongoing coup crisis in Fiji, the Pacific rim again erupted violently, when a strikingly similar coup was executed against the government of the Solomon Islands to Fiji's northwest. On June 4, a militia group calling itself the Malaita Eagle Force arrested the Solomon Island's Prime Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa 'alu, and Governor-General, cut telephone lines from the island, closed the airport, and then issued an ultimatum that the Prime Minister resign. Catching Australia seemingly flat-footed so soon after it was similarly exposed by the Fiji crisis, the Solomons crisis is the latest example cited by foreign policy commentators as a failure of Australia's foreign policy in the region in which it is the major power. In reality, though, the opposite is true: it is Australia's implementation of British policy in the Pacific that has created an arc of instability stretching from Indonesia to Fiji.