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Afghan opium production 'soars'

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posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 06:24 AM
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Afghan opium production 'soars'


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Opium production in Afghanistan is soaring out of control, the annual UN report on illegal drugs says.

The World Drug Report says more than 90% of illegal opium, which is used to make heroin, comes from Afghanistan.

It says cultivation of opium poppies increased dramatically in the country, despite the presence of more than 30,000 international troops there.

The report says Afghanistan is unlikely to regain real security until the production of illegal drugs is tackled.
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posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 06:24 AM
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I remember how Bush once said, that he shall NOT destroy the opium fields in Afganistan. President Bush, who previously linked the Afghan drug trade directly to terrorism, has now decided not to destroy the Afghan opium crop. So what is going on?

According to Mike Ruppert's "From the Wilderness" (FTW), "Before 1980, Afghanistan produced 0% of the world's opium. But then the CIA moved in, and by 1986 they were producing 40% of the world's heroin supply. By 1999, they were churning out 3,200 TONS of heroin a year ­ nearly 80% of the total market supply. But then something unexpected happened. The Taliban rose to power, and by 2000 they had destroyed nearly all of the opium fields. Production dropped from 3,000+ tons to only 185 tons, a 94% reduction! This enormous drop in revenue subsequently hurt not only the CIA's Black Budget projects, but also the free-flow of laundered money in and out of the Controller's banks". Meaning, that money from the opium being grown in Afganistan, quickly reaches western banks. So does that make CIA drug dealers?

According to the UN, Afghanistan supplies in 2006 some 92 percent of the world's supply of opium, which is used to make heroin. The UN estimates that for 2006, the contribution of the drug trade to the Afghan economy is of the order of 2.7 billion. What it fails to mention is the fact that more than 95 percent of the revenues generated by this lucrative contraband accrues to business syndicates, organized crime and banking and financial institutions. A very small percentage accrues to farmers and traders in the producing country.

So, while 30,000 international troops are "kind of" preserving peace in Afganistan, the business syndicates, organized crime and banking and financial institutions are slowly earning big money; between 120 and 194 billion dollars of revenues to organized crime, intelligence agencies and Western financial institutions. Makes you think, why there is presence of Western forces (NATO) in Afganistan in the first place - but as we can see, the poppy crop production and distribution is going GREAT!







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posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 06:31 AM
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Originally posted by Souljah
President Bush, who previously linked the Afghan drug trade directly to terrorism, has now decided not to destroy the Afghan opium crop. So what is going on?


Good question.

The funding of this stuff is destructive to America. So why not burn it all down and teach them how to grow something healthy and productive to society?

But then if we did that .. anti-American folks would get upset that we were invading the Afghan culture ... folks would expect us (US tax payers) to provide unending support to the Afghan drug growers because we destroyed their lifestyle.

Great question souljah .... wonder what the answer to this really is?
Dunno.



posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 06:42 AM
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Originally posted by FlyersFan
The funding of this stuff is destructive to America. So why not burn it all down and teach them how to grow something healthy and productive to society?

But then if we did that .. anti-American folks would get upset that we were invading the Afghan culture ... folks would expect us (US tax payers) to provide unending support to the Afghan drug growers because we destroyed their lifestyle.

Most of the opium from Afganistan goes to Europe and United States. And that is A LOT of opium, which could be easily destroyed with aerial spraying techniques, but no such actions are planned. The only possible reason for that is, that those poppy fields were not ment to be destroyed - and since the Afgan opium production is going up from the time of invasion of Afganistan, once can only quickly assume, that certain elements within the current Afganistan (puppet or poppy?) government and certain elements within the current NATO forces in that area do not allow that to happen.

Anyway, if you follow the money trail, you quickly receive you answers. According to intelligence sources, a simple grant of $200 a year, no more than $20 million in total, sent to each poorly paid Afghan farmer could stop all opium production. The U.S. war in Afghanistan has already consumed an estimated $40 billion. But that does not happen, which leaves the ideal enviroment for further poppy growing. I belive, that IF there was really a will to stop opium production and distribution, there would be a way also. But as it looks like to me, the will is to produce more opium...



posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 06:51 AM
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Originally posted by Souljah


It says cultivation of opium poppies increased dramatically in the country, despite the presence of more than 30,000 international troops there.





Shouldn't that be 'because' of the presence of 30,000 international troops.

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posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 07:32 AM
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Sounds like this fits with the "War On Drugs". The goal of course being to increase drug use among the citizenry resulting in mental instability, the breakup of the family unit, and a greater dependence on government either by disorder or criminal supervision.



posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 09:21 AM
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Originally posted by Souljah
According to intelligence sources, a simple grant of $200 a year, no more than $20 million in total, sent to each poorly paid Afghan farmer could stop all opium production.

I don't know about that. I wonder how much they make growing poppy?

Anyway, the US would replace the farmer's lost income if they decided to destroy the poppy fields. The most effective deterrent to growing poppy was the Taliban. I hesitate to say that the poppy is funding CIA black-ops.



posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 09:29 AM
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Humm, I believe that it was an initiative to make the farmers switch to other means of farming, but the money was not there and also it was some dispute of the prices and quality of the American seeds.

Then the crops were burned at one time but it was an outrage when the products used to burn the crops was killing people in the areas been use.

BTW when my husband was in the middle east he said that opium was very easily accessible by anybody, including troops.

[edit on 26-6-2007 by marg6043]



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