Saturday, October 01, 2016

Of all the effing people, why Hitler?

I guess like most of my countrymen, I was shocked when our president compared himself to Adolf Hitler. I know that President Duterte knew the Fuhrer and what he had done.  
"Between 1939 and 1945, the Schutzstaffel (SS), assisted by collaborationist governments and recruits from occupied countries, was responsible for the deaths of at least eleven million people, including 5.5 to 6 million Jews (representing two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe),and between 200,000 and 1,500,000 Romani people.Deaths took place in concentration and extermination camps,ghettos, and through mass executions. Many victims of the Holocaust were gassed to death, whereas others died of starvation or disease or while working as slave labourers. In addition to eliminating Jews, the Nazis planned to reduce the population of the conquered territories by 30 million people through starvation in an action called the Hunger Plan. Food supplies would be diverted to the German army and German civilians. Cities would be razed and the land allowed to return to forest or resettled by German colonists. Together, the Hunger Plan and Generalplan Ost would have led to the starvation of 80 million people in the Soviet Union. These partially fulfilled plans resulted in the democidal deaths of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war.
Hitler's policies resulted in the killing of nearly two million Poles,over three million Soviet prisoners of war, communists and other political opponents, homosexuals, the physically and mentally disabled,Jehovah's WitnessesAdventists, and trade unionists. Hitler did not speak publicly about the killings, and seems never to have visited the concentration camps."
From Wikipedia
Why in the world would he compare his war against drugs to Hitler's holocaust. I guess he was trying to tell the world that unlike Hitler who killed the Jews for no reason at all he is willing to kill millions of people who are criminals for a noble reason, to make his country safe for the Filipinos. 
This has always been his argument against the hypocritical west.  Well, the US is commuting mass killing by dropping bombs on innocent civilians killing thousands while me, I am killing a few thousand criminals, so what's the difference? 

He is waging a war against drugs but unlike conventional warfare that uses bombs and destructive weapons, he is using precise and surgical operations that target individuals which results to controlled and minimal collateral damage.
His arguments is good and it is still holding, I think. But that Hitler thing...
I know that he would not intentionally say that he is imitating Hitler, no one in his right mind would (unless his is off) he is just saying that he is willing to kill many, like Hitler, in order to achieve his objective of eradicating drugs in the country, which for him is the root of all evil. 
But his analogy sucked. It opens up a lot wounds especially among the Jews and the other cultural minorities that died and suffered under Hitler's rule. Wasn't it only a few days ago that he mentioned the American butcher Gen. Smith and the Balangiga massacre which killed about a hundred Filipinos and how he used that historical fact to attack the Americans? Now he mentioned the holocaust to compare himself with Hitler. I have no problem with the idea of killing drug pushers but citing hundreds of Filipinos killed to humiliate the Americans and then citing Hitler who killed 6 million Jews to justify his war on drugs? Just doesn't jive. 
If only he had used Magneto instead of the Fuhrer...

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