Duterte - How can anyone defend him?

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    (Original post by Luke Kostanjsek)
    But every SEA country with a big drug problem hate drugs. And I dare say they'd know better than any of us, the effect it's had on their countries.
    And so does every SEA without one. So when you think about that you realise that their hatred for drugs may not rational, but cultural. Clearly they aren't that concerned about the drug trades addict victims, given the fact Duterte advocates killing them.



    (Original post by Luke Kostanjsek)

    Duterte has essentially raised a militia against the drugs trade. If this is a ploy, he's either the most stupid person in the world or so far ahead of the rest of us he's going to take over the world.
    I doubt it is a ploy. He probably just enjoys throwing his weight around, he is clearly power hungry, sadistic and psychopathic. I mean, this is the same guy who said he'd have enjoyed raping a woman.




    (Original post by Luke Kostanjsek)
    Ah yes. Eradicate corruption. Why didn't anyone else think of that?
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    It's a tough job, but with the power he has it's not impossible. I don't think murdering millions of people is the answer.



    (Original post by Luke Kostanjsek)
    Their power is almost entirely secured by the drugs trade. You seem completely oblivious to quite how powerful the drug barons are in the Philippines, and how much of a vice they have the country in.

    I'm sure it's very powerful. But I don't see how any drug trade can be that powerful in a country where, as you say yourself, drugs are so clearly viewed extremely negatively.
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    (Original post by KingBradly)
    And so does every SEA without one. So when you think about that you realise that their hatred for drugs may not rational, but cultural. Clearly they aren't that concerned about the drug trades addict victims, given the fact Duterte advocates killing them.
    Are there any SEA countries without drugs problems? Perhaps not to the same extent as the Philippines, but trafficking is more or less pervasive throughout the region.

    (Original post by KingBradly)
    I doubt it is a ploy. He probably just enjoys throwing his weight around, he is clearly power hungry, sadistic and psychopathic. I mean, this is the same guy who said he'd have enjoyed raping a woman.
    He certainly says plenty of unsavoury things, but again, I'd say he comes across almost as a zealot, fanatically devoted to ridding the Philippines of its drugs problem. He probably believes he's answering some kind of higher calling. This is all obviously conjecture though.

    (Original post by KingBradly)
    It's a tough job, but with the power he has it's not impossible. I don't think murdering millions of people is the answer.
    Murdering millions of people isn't the ideal answer, but it certainly is an answer. If you kill everyone who in anyway is dependant on or part of the drugs trade, then the drugs industry loses its power. And given as no one has come up with an alternative solution - I mean, just look at the failures of Western governments in trying to tackle far less pervasive drugs industries - it's increasingly looking like no one has any better ideas.

    (Original post by KingBradly)
    I'm sure it's very powerful. But I don't see how any drug trade can be that powerful in a country where, as you say yourself, drugs are so clearly viewed extremely negatively.
    Well it isn't. But money is that powerful. In poor SEA countries, money talks louder than anything else. And the drugs trade is worth a hell of a lot of money. If you remove the drugs trade, the corrupt politicians will be rooted out with ease. It may be brutal, callous and psychotic, but it could well end up being effective.
 
 
 
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