Earlier this week, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte likened himself to Adolph Hitler because of his own directive to kill and eliminate drug dealers and users from his country. As should be expected, anyone trying to favorably compare themselves to Hitler and the mass-murdering of Jews will certainly catch the attention of the United Nations and World Leaders from around the Globe.
Over the past few weeks, Duterte has reacted in anger towards anyone who criticizes his efforts to keep a campaign promise he made to eliminate the nation’s drug problems within six months of the elections. To date, over 3,000 people, identified as pushers and/or users, have been killed in the streets. His directive has brought concern and criticism from key allies like the United States as well as from human rights organizations working through the United Nations.
Prior to the Hitler reference, Duterte had already warned U.S. President Barack Obama and key U.N. officials to stay out of his country’s business. When he referenced the 3,000,000 Jews killed in concentration camps under Hitler’s direction prior to and during WW II, he simply implied there were 3,000,000 drug dealers and users in the Philippines and he would be more than happy to have them all killed in an effort to make his country better for the next generation.
As Duterte remains defiant about his plans to fight the drug industry in the Philippines, he is drawing the ire of some very important people.
This includes Adama Dieng, a genocide prevention expert, who has been working as a special adviser for the U.N. After Duterte’s Hitler remark, Dieng issued a statement warning the Filipino President to “exercise restraint in the use of language that could exacerbate discrimination, hostility and violence and encourage the commission of criminal acts which, if widespread or systematic, could amount to crimes against humanity”.