The western mainstream media has been recently touting a story about how for the first time in modern history, the murder rate in London is higher than that in New York City. While some in New York may feel relief and some in London may feel worried, the truth is that both cities have failed to tackle the root cause of crime. The problem with crime is a problem directly, implicitly and holistically related to drugs, there is no other way to describe it.
A cycle of drug abuse, buying, selling and trafficking is the bedrock of degeneracy in large cities throughout the world. In some places, the drug problem is so big that far from cities being consumed by drugs, it is now an international drug culture that happens to be attached to many formerly functional cities.
Attempts to normalise drugs, excuse drugs or show ‘compassion’ towards those involved in the narco trade and narco lifestyle have all failed to reduce crime rates. The fact that London generally has a more relaxed approach to drugs than New York (which is still quite relaxed by international standards) is proof positive of this.
There is one city though where it is not police, ordinary people and politicians who are afraid of the druggies, but where those who would be engaged in the narcotics culture are afraid of police, politicians and ordinary people. This is the Philippine city of Davao where current President Rodrigo Duterte was mayor between 1988–1998 and again between 2001–2010 with a final stint between 2013 and 2016. Today, President Duterte’s daughter Sarah is mayor and continues to enforce her father’s world-renowned zero tolerance policies relating to drugs. The Duterte method of fighting crime put police and regular people back in charge of their city and put the narcos on the defensive for the first time in history. Duterte himself stood shoulder-to-shoulder with citizens who took back their city against the drug users and dealers who had made Davao into a living hell. Davao became a city where politicians, police and regular people were feared by the criminals rather than the other way around.
Drug users, dealers and traffickers will only do what they do if they think they can get away with it. The crimes surrounding drugs are crimes of calculated opportunity. The more such opportunities to profit from, and freely use drugs are curtailed, the sooner the problems evaporate. The experience of Davao is one that can and should be repeated elsewhere if people are serious about fighting crime.
How many more people need to be stabbed to death, mutilated by acid, shot with illegal firearms, raped by a group of gangsters and have their property broken into before leaders of cities like New York and London decide to put the human rights of the good people above the de-facto special privileges of the wicked?
Let there be no mistake, drug taking, drug dealing and drug trafficking are wicked activities. The drug user is the lowest form of slave, because he is enslaved by a substance which in turn enslaves his mind to violence and degeneracy. Drug dealers and traffickers are slaves to dirty money who then become slaves to the violence necessary to preserve these ill gotten gains. The biggest victims of this culture are the young, the frail, the old and women in particular, although everybody is ultimately a victim of this plague.
Only through a wholesale military style elimination of the drug culture can good people once again feel safe in their own cities. This includes not only targeting individuals and groups involved in narcotics, but also tackling the wealth generated by the narco-trade and eliminating it in public view, not least because this wealth often goes straight into the pockets of international terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS).
President Duterte recently presided over the destruction of expensive cars purchased by drug lords so that all of the nation can see that crime no longer pays. The cars got off lightly compared to many of the gangsters and drug addicted demons who resisted arrest.
Anyone who does not seek a Duterte style approach to crime, simply cannot be taken seriously on such matters. If they have the honesty to stand up and say that they care more about the supposed ‘rights’ of the wicked than the safety of normal people, let them at least stake their anti-human claim with sincerity. But there can be no compromises in fighting crime. Either the people have rights or those immersed in violent drug culture have rights. Because those taking, selling and trafficking drugs use these supposed ‘rights’ to kill, rape, mutilate and rob from everybody else, no in-between solution is possible. It is literally us or them. The question therefore is “do you choose life or do you choose a culture where we are at the mercy of the druggies”?
The choice is up to people in large cities across the world and those they choose to lead their cities. If President Duterte had like-minded comrades in cities across the world, crime would dramatically plummet and the people who are suffering today at the hands of violent thugs would rejoice, just as they did in Davao and now are doing throughout The Philippines under President Duterte.