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The UN says opium poppy growth in Afghanistan will rise to record levels by the end of 2014. A report by the organization says there is a 7 percent increase in land being cultivated despite the US spending over $7 billion on counter narcotics programs.
The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.
originally posted by: Glassbender777
Someone has to supply the pharmaceutical companies with the Opium they need to feed the worlds hunger for pain pills. What a sad affair. If we go back pre-911 there was not nearly as many people addicted to the very strong pain meds Oxycontin, etc. I sometimes wonder if this was one of the reasons they wanted Afghanistan so badly. Its really a win win for the Government of the US, they can still be paid off by the Pharmaceutical companies and keep their war on drugs bringing in money. And also send thousands and thousands to prison, reaping in all the benefits from every angle we look at.
The Opium Wars arose from China’s attempts to suppress the opium trade. British traders had been illegally exporting opium to China, and the resulting widespread addiction was causing serious social and economic disruption in the country.
originally posted by: trollz
>U.S. spending billions of dollars to combat opium production
>Opium production suddenly surges
It doesn't take too many brain cells to figure out what's really going on.
laundered drug money
In July 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, collaborating with the United Nations to eradicate heroin production in Afghanistan, declared that growing poppies was un-Islamic, resulting in one of the world's most successful anti-drug campaigns. The Taliban enforced a ban on poppy farming via threats, forced eradication, and public punishment of transgressors. The result was a 99% reduction in the area of opium poppy farming in Taliban-controlled areas, roughly three quarters of the world's supply of heroin at the time