April 2, 2017
They won’t do it.
They’re a bunch of cowards.
President Rodrigo Duterte has once again slammed the critics of his controversial war on drugs approach, saying those who recommend rehabilitation and substitute treatment should visit him personally in the Philippines because he wants to “slap them.”
“Come here and we will talk because I want to slap you,” Duterte said in a speech late Friday, blasting those who advise him to abandon his extreme anti-drug policy and instead build “clinics around like in other countries, and give shabu, cocaine, and heroin like in Holland.”
Earlier this week Duterte called the European Union politicians “sons of b***hes” for proposing to him such a “government-sponsored idiotic exercise” instead of arresting and putting drug dealers in prison.
The confrontation between Manila and Brussels exacerbated mid-March after EU lawmakers adopted a resolution condemning the “many extrajudicial killings” allegedly taking place in the Philippines. In response Duterte told the EU not to interfere with Philippines affairs, threatening to “hang” his critics.
“I will just be happy to hang you. If I have the preference, I’ll hang all of you,” Duterte said in March. The recent rhetoric by Duterte prompted the European Union on Monday to summon the Philippines envoy for an explanation.
Duterte’s attitude toward the nation’s narcotics problem has been ruthless – with human rights organizations estimating that more than 8,000 people have been killed in the police crackdown on drug dealers and abusers since June 2016.
The president’s anti-drug rhetoric has been equally severe in public addresses, where Duterte has previously said he would be “happy to slaughter” drug addicts and hang criminals “like curtains”.
Speaking on Friday, Duterte once again emphasized that he ordered police to kill drug dealers only if they resist arrest. At the same time, Duterte wondered why the EU blindly trusts reports of non-government groups that tend to blame even medically related deaths on the anti-drugs crackdown.
“This EU believes to NGOs (non-government organizations) about the killings, even [those who die because of] epilepsy. They calculate it on me. Stupid,” the outspoken president said.
I don’t know that he is actually planning to slap anyone, but I assume that he is not.
The idea of discussing this publicly is great though.
Because the EU/Obama/UN/etc. have no actual explanation for why you shouldn’t kill drug dealers.
They can say “killing is universally wrong,” or they can say that there is collateral damage (innocents getting killed along with drug dealers), but then it’s just like “oh well, what about all your wars against the Moslems?”
Effectively, they are claiming that war is always wrong. All Duterte is doing is fighting a war. That’s all.
The difference is that the wars the West fights are for the purpose of destabilizing Middle Eastern societies, and stopping drugs helps to stabilize a society. That is the difference. The entire “human rights” nonsense is selectively enforced only when it is destructive to enforce it.
Having spent time in the Philippines, I can tell you that this is the only way to deal with the drug problem successfully. You have to do it this way. The country is poor enough that you are always going to have huge numbers of people who are willing to risk going to prison for money, but you aren’t going to have very many people willing to get shot down on the street for it.
When Duterte started the slaughter, tens of thousands of people turned themselves in to the police to accept treatment.
This is working.
The other huge issue here: If you say the human rights of the drug addicts and dealers are the most important thing of all, you are denying the human rights of the victims of the drug trade itself.