A war is being waged in the Philippines now: a war on drugs. Blood is spilling in the streets, and many bleeding-heart “freedom-loving” citizens and observers are shocked. But have you ever heard of a war where no one is allowed to kill or expected to die? Doesn’t it seem strange if you see the opponent crying “human rights!” when he gets hit by a bullet while the battle rages? Get real and read through the pages of history again – great civilizations were built on foundations drenched in blood.
How do wars operate in the first place? It’s basic common sense. When you see the enemy – SHOOT! Don’t just shoot to scare them away – you shoot to eliminate, to effectively destroy their ability to resist or strike back. That’s how any soldier is trained. Inaction will only mean it is your life for that of the enemy.
This is why I see nothing strange with the seemingly shocking directive of the President lately against narco-politicians:
My order is shoot to kill. I don’t care about human rights. Believe me. I don’t give a shit about what they will say. This war is against drugs and we have a crisis,” he added. “If a policeman figured in an encounter, do not investigate that anymore. That’s my order.
War is indeed bloody and messy. When the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-day to free mainland Europe from the clutches of Hitler, it was a bloody mess with blasted body parts flying all around, and dying soldiers crying for their mamas.
Why can you kill the enemy in a war?
Does this even need an explanation? Unless you’re a pampered “freedom lover” stuck in your myopic narrow mindset, anyone knows killing in a war to defend or liberate your country is not considered “murder”.
Unlike in conventional war where armies wear uniforms to identify each other, the war on drugs is fought more like guerrilla jungle warfare. The key assets of an army are accurate intelligence gathering and the element of surprise.
Drug lords, drug pushers and their protectors in government constitute the enemy. The battle zone is every street corner and secret hideout where these enemies of the state go about their business of destroying lives.
Many high-ranking men in uniform and mayors (traitors of the state) have recently been named to expose the vast network of drug syndicates in the country. They are the generals of the enemy force. Without them, their entire system collapses.
The president has given our police and military force his full blessing to blast these zombies to their graves, before they can cause any further damage to Philippine society.
How about due process?
It is normal for governments across the world to suspend due process when the enemy is considered a critical threat to national security, as identified by their highly accurate intelligence agency. Look at Osama bin Laden: was he even given a fair trial to defend himself? Nope, he was shot on sight. Did the American people, the world’s greatest democracy which Pinoys look up to, cry out for due process? Silence of the lambs.
Now how about human rights in the context of a raging battle in an officially declared war? When a country declares war, due process is suspended for combatants of each side to freely kill each other without fear of being thrown in jail for pulling the trigger.
Now think of the Luneta bus-hostage crisis. If it were Duterte handling the show, he would have given that order to shoot ASAP given the first clear line-of-sight chance for snipers to do so. However, incompetent and spineless Noynoy kept the drama lingering and degenerating with the media messing it all up until the threat (Rolando Mendoza) went ballistic, leaving many hapless Chinese tourists dead.
That was likely why China was so bitterly enraged at Noynoy – even to the point of grabbing our islets in the contested waters. Chinese people are used to their government having an iron-fisted stance in handling such threats.
Most importantly, a leader must hold the lives of his troops in the highest regard. It would be better for his soldiers to eliminate the threat by preemptive action to ensure their safety before it even has the chance to pounce on them.
And in any war, there is always some collateral damage. The wise strategist must often weigh his alternatives to take a course of action that will leave the least loss of civilian life. When you come to think of it, far more innocent people’s lives go down the drain having drug lords and criminals operating practically unhampered than in the case where a stray bullet unfortunately hits a bystander in the current war on drugs.
It’s about time we stop crying over all the apparent mess taking place all over the country. These are birth pains of change, and births are always bloody. And who said the job of a janitor isn’t dirty? You elected a super-janitor to clean up the country right? So learn to live with the consequence. Let’s give President Duterte the free hand to do what he does best – turning a former shithole city into a “Singapore-class C.O.D. state”.
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