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WAR: US steps up war on Afghan opium..

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posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 03:48 PM
The International Narcotics Control Board reports that the opium crop in Afghanistan is up to 4,200 tonnes up 800 tonnes from previous years. According to The Guardian, Hamid Ghodse, the INCB's president, said the British-led attempt to persuade Afghan farmers to grow other cash crops had failed. In 2003 farmers grew 3,600 tonnes of opium poppies in 17 out of the 28 districts of Afghanistan. Now it has spread to all 28 districts, with the area under cultivation increasing last year from 200,000 acres to 321243 acres. This happened while the British were on the task.
Pentagon fears bumper harvest will fund militants and destabilise government

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Saturday March 26, 2005
The Guardian

The Pentagon, frustrated by the failure of the British-led battle against opium production in Afghanistan, plans to quadruple the spending on its anti-narcotics campaign, and deploy its troops in a full-scale war on the country's drug lords.
"We are seeking to expand our role," a Pentagon spokesman told the Guardian yesterday. "We are going to try to do more."

It believes the drugs trade is a grave threat to US strategic objectives in Afghanistan, and to the government of Hamid Karzai.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Why does the Pentagon have to get involved? This was a task given to the British. They should have to fix the problem and they should have to quadruple thier spending. Now because of the failure of them we have to quadruple ours. Personally, I there is somthing wrong with that. What are your opinions?

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 03:51 PM

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posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 03:54 PM
Ever notice that "coincidentally"whatever nation we are involved with fighting at any given time, very soon after becomes the worlds nexus for whatever particular "drug" that can be grown in that area?


During Vietnam era-Heroin was a big drug in America, which has been cultivated in Vietnam for years

During our interventions in South America Cocaine soon replaced heroin as the country's drug of choice, which coincidentaly has been grown there for years

Now we are in Afghanistan where opium poppies have been grown for years , and miraculously heroin is on the rise in America again, especially in the prison system.

Too many coincidences for me.

[edit on 27-3-2005 by 1wintermute1]

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:10 PM
I find it interesting in the light of recent news that North Korea is manufacturing drugs to fund it's military.

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:13 PM
There are many coincidences. It really does seem like that is what happens over and over again. Then the U.S. gets flooded with the stuff for a decade or two. Until the process starts all over again. There has to be a more effective way to fight the war on drugs.

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:25 PM
As in other countries the actual farmer is on the lowest end of the pay scale.

An Opium poppy crop will pay better than any other crop. It is the only way he can support his family by farming. Shouldn't the governments help the farmers to switch to another crop that will let him support his family?

It seems wrong to me to let the farmers produce these crops and then start having to stop drug traffic.

But, what do I know?

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:27 PM
So, the US courts the warlords and holds them up as model citizens for reform in the utopian la-la land that is now Afghanistan. Then they complain about the blossoming (pardon the pun) poppy crops and opiate production which is controlled and trafficked by those same warlords

You really couldn't make this stuff up

Tackle the demand problem at home and the problem will eventually go away. As a British tax payer I'd rather Tony Bliar spent money here at home instead of some backwater the other side of the world. Perhaps if the Afghan farmers were given alternative cash crops then they wouldn't resort to opiates.
Eradicating the drug crops and trafficking would also deprive some of our more shady "intelligence" units of unaccountable cash too.

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:32 PM
My goodness the crops look so green in the middle of the desert, it looks like opium is good for that type of weather.

I remember while back that the US tried to dust the crops with poison but it was to many complains about the safety of the people, it was also some allegations that they did it anyway.

But for what I can see, it haven't stop the people from coming back and keep on growing. I wonder what else this people can grow in such harsh environment profitable enough to feed their families.

posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 04:43 PM

Originally posted by Britguy

You really couldn't make this stuff up

No you couldn't could you?

As for the spraying of plants that was previously mentioned, I don't know if we have done it in Afghanistan YET, but it is fact that we did it(still do?) in central, south America, and the US.

I believe paraquat was the one used for Marijuana not sure. We had a few years they were actually using it here in california, under deukmejian I think.

posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 01:45 AM
I read somewhere that most of american heroine is grown in mexico and colombia nowadays and that the afghan opium finds it way the european market.

So, if you have a problem with the french, don't fight the war on drugs in afghanistan, on the other hand, Iran is often used as the transit route, while the iranians kill quite a few uinauthorised drugssmugglers, do we know if there are perhaps a few "authorised" smugglers that might be granted free passage in turn for a small contribution to the sji'ite cause ?

...And how says these pentafgon funds get involved and allocated into fighting the poppy in afghanistan, maybe they reprogram it to stimulate poppy growth instead...

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posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 03:27 AM
FYI, Afghan heroin has been flowing into New Jersey for since we invaded in 2001.
The purity of this heroin is from 68 to 95%.
Heroin purity in the 70's and 80's was 14 to 20%

Prior to the US invasion of Afghanistan, the taliban had that country so tightly under control that they ranked 16th in heroin production. For the past three years they have been NUMBER ONE!
The first years crop yeiled 2.5 years worth of the total world wide market for heroin.

Paraquat spraying of Cannabis ended during the Carter adminstration because it was exposed nationally by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). 90% of the sprayed cannabis was being cut early, and shipped to an unsuspecting US market, paraquat harms and kills humans. This is bio-chemical warfare against our own population.
During this spray operation, the columbians were allowed to spray the chemical on Califronia crops to reduce the demand in there country of the great humboldt county weed. Read that again, the US government allowed a foreign country to wage an equal bio-chem war on Califronia citizens.

posted on Mar, 28 2005 @ 05:04 AM
Brilliant! The US government can now seize even more opium, and sell it themselves, on the streets of America for a cheap price. Killing two birds with one stone! Stop militias making money from illegal drug sales, but do it yourself! God Bless the War on Drugs!

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