DEAR EDITOR – Ben Curson once said: "THINK BIG"..simply to say let’s think out of the box.
I believe and I feel that our police force need to be empowered.
Empowerment comes with promotion.
Promotion depends largely on the hierarchy of authority.
Authority comes with discipline.
Discipline comes with command and command comes with respect. Perhaps, this is where the paradox lies.
My belief is that for situations where we can control, we only need police personnel to take charge, but for situations that we cannot control we need the presence of army.
And I think Solomon Islands needs to have its own army or military forces to take care of its own matters.
Hi folks! I am not talking about TOM, DICK and HARRY to join the military forces or army.
I am talking about the current police personnel and the well educated Solomon Islanders.
Send them overseas to train in the military institutions in PNG, Fiji, NZ, Australia, US, Taiwan, UK, etc.
Army is the highest hierarchy of authority in any military organisation.
And I think our nation must be firmly secured. Once our nation is secured people will have confidence in themselves.
And when our people are confident they will be free to move around. Essentially, when they have the freedom, they will enjoy what they are doing.
Subsequently, we will have good citizens.
Vanuatu is a good example of this. The fact of the matter is Vanuatu is a Melanesian country just like Solomon Islands.
Vanuatu has 100 plus cultures compared to Solomon Islands with 80 plus cultures. Vanuatu with its military forces is very much peaceful than Solomon Islands.
Above all, Vanuatu currency is the strongest of all other Pacific Island nations' currency. But they are well off with their military forces.
There is another country if we can prove our facts right. This country is called Switzerland.
Actually, Switzerland is just another small country in Europe with very strong military forces and it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful nations in the world today.
Switzerlanders' reputation made Euro a powerful currency today in our world.
They have a very powerful economy, powerful currency, powerful army forces, powerful reputation, and powerful attitudes.
Switzerland continues to keep its neutrality and identity.
Hence, dear Solomon Islanders, I don't believe every country with military forces or army caused more harm to its nation.
Actually they protect their nations and their people and their resources.
Let me call upon any of our honourable members in the Parliament to draft a Private Member's Bill for the inception of 'Solomon Islands Military Forces or Solomon Islands Army.
Otherwise, the Minister for Police and Justice could do that and initiate such a Bill.
What do you think folks?
University of Goroka
Papua New Guinea
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