The European Parliament has voted to condemn Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on criminal drug addicts, dealers, traffickers and the killers, rapists and torturers whose wickedness is a direct cause of the horrific Shabu (meth) crisis. In spite of the fact that a vast majority of Filipinos support Duterte’s policies, in spite of the fact that Shabu addicts are well known to be monsters whose crimes include random murders, infant rape and mass slaughter and in spite of the fact that Duterte’s drug war has made the streets of The Philippines safer, while also contributing to the fact that The Philippines is now the number one investment destination in the world, the EU Parliament in Brussels nevertheless saw fit to condemn Duterte for what they call “extra judicial killings” (EJK).
Few of the members of the EU parliament have bothered to travel to The Philippines and ask ordinary people what they think of Duterte’s drug war, even though as some of the highest paid members of any legislative body in the world, members of the EU parliament could have easily done so. Those who have travelled to The Philippines typically arrive with a meddling agenda that seeks to offer support and in some cases funds to those who seek to undermine Duterte as the legitimate democratically elected head of state. In both instances, the EU legislators reveal themselves to be woefully and in many cases wilfully ignorant of the realities in The Philippines. Likewise, they have proceeded to metaphorically spit in the faces of Filipinos who never want to return to a reality where police, politicians and ordinary people are afraid of the druggies, they prefer the Duterte method of putting the criminals on the defensive.
All of this has happened as major EU powers France and Britain conducted an illegal (extra judicial) missile strike against the Syrian Arab Republic, a country that is fighting terror groups who derive much of their revenue from the international narcotics trade. These are the terrorists whose preferred method of “extra judicial killing” is beheading, drowning and burning alive those whose ‘crime’ is having a different religion or not practising Sunni Islam in the extreme and retrogressive manner that groups like Jaysh al-Islam, Daesh and al-Qaeda do. These are the same groups which torture innocent prisoners, commit mass rape against women and children and sacrifice civilians in the heat of battle.
If there was ever a case of ‘extra judicial killings’ to oppose, such a moniker applies to that which happens at the hands of terrorists who are illegally occupying Syria. But while the EU opposes the legitimate government of Syria for fighting these terrorists, they also oppose the legitimate Philippine President for fighting drugs, a plague whose consequences are similar if not equal to terrorism in many cases.
As Europe turns a blind eye to its own drug problem, including among European citizens and residents who join radical terrorist groups and carry out crimes against humanity while intoxicated on drugs ranging from captagon to cocaine, The Philippines is fighting terrorism on all fronts and in all of its guises.
In 2011, when Libyan Revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared before his nation saying that seditious elements and foreign agitators were on narcotics and thus deprived of their own cognitive abilities, he was laughed at by the western mainstream media who cheered on his subsequent assassination at the hands of al-Qaeda proxies working with NATO.
It turns out that Gaddafi was absolutely correct. Drugs have become a staple of the modern terrorist’s diet. From Libya to Syria and Iraq to Philippines, warped young men without a real knowledge of any particular faith or ideology are taking vast amounts of drugs in order to give them the physical stamina combined with mental incapacity, which allows them to carry out barbaric atrocities without cessation. If it ever seemed odd that young men turn to terrorism which will often lead to their own death, as well as the death of others, without any promise of earthly remuneration, this is because even among the poor or the mentally challenged, terrorism is typically unthinkable.
It is the promise and delivery of mind altering drugs which pushes young people into terrorism, rather than mythical notions about an un-Islamic and un-Christian afterlife. In this sense, the difference between a young man turning to drug dealing or robbery, has the same basic origins as those who turn to terrorism. In most societies it is a slippery slope. It is no coincidence that many well known terrorists were fond of alcohol, prostitutes and so-called recreational drugs prior to committing their atrocities. While alcoholism, the taking of narcotics and the frequenting of harlots is prohibited in Islam, these actions are de rigueur in respect of the lifestyles that surround the narco-trade. Thus, terrorism is anything but a “problem with Islam”, it is a geopolitical problem whose foot-soldiers are fuelled by dangerous drugs.
hile there are many drugs used by terrorists, well-known narcotics such as cocaine is at best, a second favourite among today’s killers. The 21st century terrorist’s drug of choice is a pill called Captagon whose effects while similar to cocaine, are even more extreme, making its users capable of super-human violence while totally erasing what remains of a human conscience.
Captagon has been found among Daesh (ISIS) and al-Qaeda fighters in Libya, Iraq, Syria, as well as in terrorist shipping roots in France and Italy, just to name a few. But other drugs also play their role. Philippines President Duterte has waged a war against drug addicts, drug dealers and the criminal networks built up around both. These networks include not only mafioso gangs, but Daesh aligned terrorist organisations. Soldiers in The Philippines have discovered that the Daesh aligned Maute Group who for months occupied the city of Marawi in Mindanao, were taking the drug known as Shabu, a powerful methamphetamine which has been at the root of South East Asia’s drug problem.
Recently, it came to be known that the terrorists who slaughtered civilians last year on England’s London Bridge and surrounding areas, were on powerful steroids. But it is not just Daesh and al-Qaeda related terrorists who are fuelled by drugs. Most of the so-called mass shooters in recent US history, have been under the influence of narcotics both during and before their killing sprees. This includes Stephen Paddock, the man who committed the biggest mass shooting in US history last year in Las Vegas.
With terrorist fighters taking drugs and with terrorist organisations profiting from the sale of drugs and with historic and current allegations of the CIA profiting from its own involvement in the international narcotics trade, one contemporary leader stands above the rest in both articulating the nature of the drug problem and taking concrete steps to stop it. This man is Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Gaddafi first warned of this phenomenon in 2011, at a time when most people outside of Davao did not know the name Rodrigo Duterte.
Today, Duterte is saving lives by tacking the drug problem at its core. It is no surprise therefore that some of the same neo-imperialist forces which killed Gaddafi are now trying to imprison Duterte due to their fear that he might expose the link between drugs and terrorism even more than he already has done. The CIA of course has its hands dirty in the drug trade, while the US has been supporting terrorism in Libya and Syria for at least seven years. Duterte has made a brave stand in taking on not only local gangs and terrorist groups, but their Washington benefactors. Anyone who opposes terrorism, should stand with President Duterte, for it is only he who understands its most fundamental root cause.
Ultimately, the EU parliament has shown something worse than ignorance. They have shown complacency in the face of a real crisis effecting people across the world that they would prefer to ignore while throwing stones at President Duterte. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones and at the moment, EU legislators are living in a giant glass house.