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"To respond to the poppy ban, I would like to announce a $1.5 million U.S. pledge to the United Nations Drug Control Program's Short Term Assistance Project to sustain the ban on poppy cultivation in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. U.S. funding for this project will focus on short-term assistance to enhance household food security and to mitigate the hardships of the most vulnerable groups of small landholders mid the landless in Nangarhar. Small landholders will be provided with improved seeds and fertilizers. Food-for-work schemes will be implemented for the landless and sharecroppers. We will continue to look for additional assistance for farmers affected by the poppy ban." --U.S. Department Of State, August 2, 2001
"We act also because the al-Qaida network and the Taliban regime are funded in large part on the drugs trade. Ninety per cent of all heroin sold in Britain originates from Afghanistan. Stopping that trade is, again, directly in our interests." --Prime Minister Blair in an address to the British people on the ongoing attacks on Afghanistan, 10/7/01
Originally posted by fingapointa[/I] The Taliban may have only stopped opium production in response to the promise of funding from the international community.
With regards to Afghan . . the US wants a oil pipeline from the -stans to south Afghanistan, another reason to get rid of the Taliban . . Apparently when money is placed into stock market accounts , there is no reporting unlike other large cash deposits which are reported in case it is drug money .
Originally posted by AmenToArtillery[/I] We have other matters at hand that seem to be deemed more important then the drug problem, But we are attempting to handle the drug problem, it's just the fact that you don’t hear about much as much of the operations would be deemed clandestine.
You ask why cant we handle a few semi-literate Columbians? Perhaps it is because some of the "merchants" have rather well trained soldiers who excel in guerrilla combat, where in which we would have to make our war with them un-conventional- making use of SpecOps, CIA Intelligence, etc.
The war on drugs is much like the war on Terrorism. There are so many variables in play that one can not attack just from the front. Nonetheless, I do know that there are Naval detachments [SEALS?] currently in S. America running operations, just as I'm sure there are many other forces the public may not know about openly.