U.S. Faces Hard Decisions on Philippines After President Likens Himself to Hitler, Vows to Kill Drug Users
The U.S. is troubled By The Radical filipino President
Filipino Rodrigo Duterte has been called the “Donald Trump of the Philippines” for good reason. While the two men come from wildly different backgrounds, their hard-right populist campaigns mirror each other in a number of ways. The United States now faces a difficult decision regarding Duterte, who at a recent press conference compared himself to Hitler and expressed his desire to kill millions of drug users, on whom he has declared total war.
Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, expressed his admiration for Hitler and is not afraid of following his example. Since he took office in June this year, Mr. Duterte has been nothing but controversial. He has also quickly been characterized for his comments and insults to the United States and President Obama, as well as his hard-line campaign against crime and drugs in his country, which has left thousands of drug suspects killed or arrested. In fact, when President Obama expressed his concern over the extrajudicial killings happening in the Philippines, Duterte answered by calling him a “son of a whore” (an insult that even reached the Pope).
His latest comments go beyond petty tantrum. They actually make appeals to repeating the deeds of Adolf Hitler. In Duterte’s words:
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” Killing that number of drug users would “finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”
6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, not three. Duterte is openly inspired by the Holocaust, seeing it as the ideal way to proceed with what he calls ‘criminals’. Defying, along the way, the growing international criticism over his war on drugs. According to The New York Times, Philippine officials said around 3,000 people have been killed since the beginning of this new anti-drug campaign. Although the police spokesman, Dionardo Carlos, noted on Friday:
“the police had been overstating the number killed by the police. He said that the correct number was 1,120, not about 1,500, which the police had given earlier. He did not explain why the number had been revised. The police have also said that 1,500 nonpolice killings are under investigation and that hundreds of these also are believed to be drug-related.”
Nonetheless, state murder in the thousands is, saying the least, highly alarming—an opinion the European Union and other international bodies have expressed. Duterte remains defiant in the face of the outcry. He even gave the EU the middle finger and stated, regarding Syrian refugees:
“You allow them to rot, and then you’re worried about the death of about 1,000, 2,000, 3,000?”
The United States has expressed its concern over Duterte’s comments and the road the country is taking. Yet, it might be time for the U.S. to go further, and reconsider its relationship with the Philippines (maybe something Trump wouldn’t do, considering the similarities between the Republican nominee and Duterte), especially since the Hitler remark came after some doubt has been cast on the military ties between the U.S. and the Philippines. Will there be any sanctions imposed, or will the world wait to see if this lunatic is more than just words and few thousand bodies?
WATCH: Us Finds President Duterte’ Hitler Comments Troubling
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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.