Originally posted by Hunting Veritas
Nice finds there CatHerder . Funny......who are the occupying forces of Afghanistan?? coughCoughUKcoughUSCoughCcough
Well, actually you're wrong in your assumption there. Canada has more troops in Afghanistan than the UK does, Canada has ~1,200 there while Britain
had under 500 until recently. The US handed military control over to NATO last August (currently a Canadian Brigadier General is in command) and is
reducing its troop numbers constantly. The US also wants to pull its troops out of Afghanistan soon and
Britain is expected to move
2000-5000 of it's 9000 troops from Iraq to
Afghanistan (Britain takes over NATO command in Afghanistan next May, so I'd expect to see them start moving troops over the next 2 or 3 months.)
Why don't the occupying forces just bomb or pollute the poppy fields?
Then a big chunk of Terrorist funding are gone.
So simple isn't it.
I don't think it's that simple. Well, not unless you and I and other taxpayers in the western world decide that, yes,
Afghanistan is a priority for foreign aid
and we should supplement their economy for $5
billion dollars yearly -- and we'll do it in addition to aid we already give to other nations
. According to early United Nations estimates,
reconstruction costs for Afghanistan will come to at least US$6.5 billion over the next five years and could total as much as US$25 billion. The US
congress is only (currently) willing to pick up $1.6 billion over the next 4 years, so the world is going to have to find the other $23 billion.
You see, Afghanistan is so war torn, so decimated by over 25 years of: Soviet occupation, internal civil wars, and extreme oppressive warlord rule
(where they burned down schools, hospitals
, stores, sewer treatment plants,
, power facilities, and anything of value frankly, even
) that there is no other option for an income for the vast
majority of the Afghani farmers and peasants. If you take away this one income source (which as I mentioned was 5 times the total $ of all other
exports) you basically condemn millions of people to further abject poverty and in many cases outright starvation.
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2002 was for a noble cause. Contrary to whatever conspiracy spins people want to put on it, it's a
valid war and it's benefiting the nation and it will continue to benefit Afghanistan’s citizens for the next century (heck they might even get out
of the 18th century and into the 19th in the next 2 or 3 years). You can't step into a nation of millions of people and take away 5/6ths of their
entire income without something substantial and sustainable to replace it. We need to replace
the poppy crops
with another viable crop that not only feeds them but also must give them some form of sustainable income. You can't magically
pop up oil wells and drop pipelines and instantly generate billions of dollars of revenues overnight. It will happen, but its years away -- in the
meantime those people still need some form of income to feed their children and themselves.
Afghanistan doesn't just need foreign aid, it needs trade agreements
(free trade with the US,
Canada, UK, Japan, etc) that will mean it becomes a self-sufficient nation and not another poverty case like 1/4 of the world is to those nations.
This would cost the G-7 nations nothing and benefit them tremendously in the long run as Afghanistan wouldn't continue to be on the foreign aid
welfare doll for the next 50 years...
It's easy for you and I to sit in our heated (or air conditioned) room, with electricity powering our computers and our high-speed internet
connections, and ponder these sorts of questions while sipping on a Pepsi and munching on a snack. Afghanis currently don't have any of these
luxuries, never mind the snack part. I really can't see what taking away this important source of income (opium) without something tangible to
replace it (instantly) would do to benefit anyone.
Now, knowing all this: do you still propose your "To hell with you Afghanis, we invaded to solve your problems and hunt down some terrorists, but now
you can starve to death because we don't want our junkies (junkies who make 100 times more money in a year by breaking into MY car than an average
Afghani will in four, just to feed their addiction) being supplied by your drugs!" ?