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19. True
Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time


Our economic achievement in Afghanistan goes well beyond the simple production of raw opium. In fact Afghanistan no longer exports much raw opium at all. It has succeeded in what our international aid efforts urge every developing country to do. Afghanistan has gone into manufacturing and 'value-added' operations.

It now exports not opium, but heroin. Opium is converted into heroin on an industrial scale, not in kitchens but in factories. Millions of gallons of the chemicals needed for this process are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The tankers and bulk opium lorries on the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with Nato troops.

How can this have happened, and on this scale? The answer is simple. The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government, the government that our soldiers are fighting and dying to protect.

When we attacked Afghanistan, America bombed from the air while the CIA paid, armed and equipped the dispirited warlord drug barons, especially those grouped in the Northern Alliance, to do the ground occupation. We bombed the Taliban and their allies into submission, while the warlords moved in to claim the spoils. Then we made them ministers.


My knowledge of all this comes from my time as British Ambassador in neighbouring Uzbekistan from 2002 until 2004. I stood at the Friendship Bridge at Termez in 2003 and watched the Jeeps with blacked-out windows bringing the heroin through from Afghanistan, en route to Europe.
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  -Why Bush Cant Allow Habeas Corpus And Why we Need to Leave Afghanistan Time for change  Nov-22-08 09:45 PM   #0 
  - Bin laden denied responsibility for the 9/11 attacks from the beginning  seemslikeadream   Nov-22-08 09:49 PM   #1 
  - If bin Laden had done it,  HeresyLives   Nov-22-08 09:52 PM   #2 
  - That's what I think  Time for change   Nov-23-08 01:45 AM   #9 
  - i think we need to leave the Muslims to themselves, whatever the consequences, because ..  sam sarrha   Nov-22-08 09:57 PM   #3 
  - I do not give a flying fuck in the Afghans eat each others' children  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 04:26 PM   #40 
     - but we need evidence to support that assertion....  wildbilln864   Nov-23-08 07:29 PM   #51 
     - Bill, read your own link... there is no mis-translation of the admission of guilt.  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 07:53 PM   #53 
     - eyes only  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 04:32 PM   #126 
  - "Not a "Good War" Gone Bad"  JohnyCanuck   Nov-22-08 10:13 PM   #4 
  - 1 other reason/factor  Aragorn   Nov-23-08 07:52 AM   #18 
  - True  JohnyCanuck   Nov-23-08 08:17 AM   #19 
  - " unjust, imperialist war of empire,.." should be a no-brainer,  G_j   Nov-23-08 08:45 PM   #62 
  - Another reason Afghanistan is NOT our "good" war.  aquart   Nov-22-08 10:15 PM   #5 
  - The Bush administration promised we the people  gratuitous   Nov-22-08 10:25 PM   #6 
  - WOW - Does Obama Know????? nt  Traveling_Home   Nov-22-08 10:43 PM   #7 
  - He knows or he's ignorant.  Oregone   Nov-22-08 11:11 PM   #8 
  - Ah yes, PIPELINES..  Karenina   Nov-23-08 03:28 AM   # 
  - Jesus Christ. Is it 2002 again?  theboss   Nov-26-08 01:35 PM   #178 
  - Ah yes, PIPELINES..  Karenina   Nov-23-08 03:28 AM   #13 
     - Indeed. The pipelines  RufusTFirefly   Nov-23-08 09:55 AM   #22 
        - A carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs...  Karenina   Nov-23-08 10:31 AM   #23 
  - I don't see how he could not  Time for change   Nov-23-08 12:35 PM   #25 
  - Thank you for this and k&r!  wildbilln864   Nov-23-08 01:56 AM   #10 
  - Yes and I always think the answer to that question is  illuminaughty   Nov-23-08 03:23 AM   #12 
  - "Smirk." - Commander AWOL & cabal of corrupt republicon cronies  SpiralHawk   Nov-23-08 06:47 AM   #17 
  - Thanks for so clearly laying this out.  BlueMTexpat   Nov-23-08 03:12 AM   #11 
  - "I have always maintained that our launching a war against Afghanistan after 9-11 was not justified"  JohnyCanuck   Nov-23-08 05:28 AM   #15 
  - Wow man. Mind blowing. Bush-Co never ceases to amaze me.  DUlover2909   Nov-23-08 04:15 AM   #14 
  - The Gipper in effect threw us a $1 trillion party: junior's policies and actions/inactions  indepat   Nov-23-08 07:23 PM   #49 
  - And what IS the incentive for the "War On Terror" and presence in Afghanistan (and all the Stans)?  Dover   Nov-23-08 06:21 AM   #16 
  - Excellent bit  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-24-08 08:09 AM   #76 
  - A Timeline Of Oil And Violence Afghanistan  OmmmSweetOmmm   Nov-23-08 08:25 AM   #20 
  - Interesting link, thanks. Wish they would update it to present.  Dover   Nov-23-08 03:06 PM   #32 
  - Another great thread  malaise   Nov-23-08 08:31 AM   #21 
  - TFC, you're one of the main reasons I stay tuned to DU!  nashville_brook   Nov-23-08 11:24 AM   #24 
  - Thank you very much nashville  Time for change   Nov-23-08 08:25 PM   #60 
  - T/C - you do know that Obama plans to send more troops to Afghanistan - right?  pirhana   Nov-23-08 01:02 PM   #26 
  - Sure  Time for change   Nov-23-08 08:24 PM   #59 
  - Twoofer BS  Odin2005   Nov-23-08 01:17 PM   #27 
  - you want Usama's head on a pike but Bush does not! nt  wildbilln864   Nov-23-08 01:36 PM   #28 
  - No contry in history has ever survived the occupation of Afganistan  Phred42   Nov-23-08 02:39 PM   #31 
  - Comparing the Soviet occupation to the American's is a facile analogy.  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 08:03 PM   #55 
     - Your assumptions puzzle me. What evidence do you have that  Mithreal   Nov-24-08 03:51 AM   #71 
        - We're not fighting a proxy war with a *superpower*. We are fighting  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 08:33 AM   #78 
           - The Russians had their hands full in Georgia.  Swede   Nov-24-08 11:33 AM   #84 
              - Good article - so it really wasn't a cakewalk at all. nt  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 12:11 PM   #89 
  - Why?  Time for change   Nov-23-08 04:22 PM   #38 
     - Afgansitan needs to be stablized so it can't be a haven for A-Q and the Taliban.  Odin2005   Nov-23-08 04:41 PM   #42 
        - What makes you think that Afghanistan won't turn out to be another Iraq or Vietnam  Time for change   Nov-23-08 05:03 PM   #43 
  - So if Bin Laden didn't do 9/11  BecauseBushSaysSo   Nov-23-08 02:20 PM   #29 
  - False Flag. It was an inside job  Phred42   Nov-23-08 02:37 PM   #30 
     - I agree  Time for change   Nov-23-08 08:21 PM   #58 
  - "bin Laden didn't do it" is not a convincing reason to abandon Afghanistan,  Occam Bandage   Nov-23-08 03:09 PM   #33 
  - What reason would you give to stay there and  Time for change   Nov-23-08 03:35 PM   #34 
     - You might want to re-examine "Assuming that the Afghanis don't want us there."  Occam Bandage   Nov-23-08 03:55 PM   #35 
        - Why ARE we in Afghanistan to begin with?  Dover   Nov-23-08 04:06 PM   #36 
        - Because failed states result in worldwide proliferation of  Occam Bandage   Nov-23-08 11:39 PM   #66 
           - I hope you are being are actually quoting Busholini in your statement..  KoKo01   Nov-24-08 12:05 PM   #87 
        - Here's a re-examination:  Time for change   Nov-23-08 04:14 PM   #37 
        - Oh, wow, "Worker's World." I trust their opinion, especially when it's offered without any support  Occam Bandage   Nov-23-08 11:40 PM   #67 
           - Talk about intellectually insulated  Time for change   Nov-24-08 11:23 AM   #83 
        - Absolutely spot-on in every point. Thanks. nt  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 08:05 PM   #56 
  - It never ceases to amuse (and amaze) me that people who  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 04:24 PM   #39 
  - Those tapes are very controversial  Time for change   Nov-23-08 04:31 PM   #41 
  - Look at the bigger picture... al Qaeda declared war on the US in 1998  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 07:46 PM   #52 
     - The bigger picture  Time for change   Nov-23-08 08:20 PM   #57 
        - I respectfully disagree - the Taliban were playing games.  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 10:27 PM   #65 
  - Which Bin Laden?  arikara   Nov-23-08 06:20 PM   #45 
     - Are you aware of the PAL to NTSC conversion issue?  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 07:16 PM   #47 
        - not very persuasive! nt  wildbilln864   Nov-23-08 07:24 PM   #50 
           - It's only non-pesuasive if one is ignorant of the technical issue.  Flatulo   Nov-23-08 07:57 PM   #54 
           - Ridiculous. What about line doubling?  EOTE   Nov-24-08 07:08 AM   #74 
              - Simple PAL to NTSC converters just throw away every fifth line.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 08:20 AM   #77 
                 - Both vertical and horizontal resolution is tossed.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 09:00 AM   #79 
                    - You're full of beans. Analog video does not contain pixels, only  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 09:38 AM   #80 
                    - And what are those lines comprised of?  EOTE   Nov-24-08 10:13 AM   #81 
                       - What is the resolution of an analog TV set?  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 11:56 AM   #85 
                          - The NTSC standard is 480x720.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 12:08 PM   #88 
                          - You should quit while you're behind.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 12:29 PM   #91 
                             - Analog video does not contain pixels, only lines of resolution.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 01:00 PM   #93 
                          - And read this if you want to find out why horizontal resolution typically isn't listed.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 12:15 PM   #90 
                             - Well, thanks for proving my point. This is what I have been trying to explain to you.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 12:33 PM   #92 
                                - Output resolution, not input resolution.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 01:06 PM   #94 
                                   - At this point you're just arguing with yourself. nt  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:19 PM   #101 
                                   - I'll take that as a concession.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 02:38 PM   #104 
                                      - OK, please explain for us how a cheap analog converter handles  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:46 PM   #106 
                                         - They "squash" the image horizontally just as it is done vertically.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 03:03 PM   #111 
                                            - Oh, I understand that it can be done correctly using a digital  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 03:27 PM   #117 
                                            - Because once he denied it, the cat is out of the bag.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 03:46 PM   #118 
                                            - EOTE, Thanks for the info regarding video....  wildbilln864   Nov-24-08 04:32 PM   #127 
                                            - No problem.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 04:47 PM   #128 
                                            - I'm in complete agreement on that also. thanks for the response. nt  wildbilln864   Nov-24-08 05:10 PM   #129 
                                            - You continue to ignore data that conflicts with your pre-conceived notions.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 09:39 PM   #138 
                                            - You've got some nerve talking about ignoring data.  EOTE   Nov-25-08 06:02 AM   #142 
                                            - Semantics 101  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 02:27 PM   #150 
                                            - You are some piece of work.  EOTE   Nov-25-08 03:11 PM   #152 
                                            - You are incapable of understanding a simple concept...  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 05:08 PM   #156 
                                            - Why has Bush not provided any evidence of Bin Laden's involvement?  EOTE   Nov-25-08 05:31 PM   #159 
                                            - Self-delete  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 05:41 PM   #160 
                                            - There was a strong chain of evidence of al Qaeda attacks on US interests going  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 08:20 PM   #167 
                                            - Once again you launch into the non-sequitors.  EOTE   Nov-25-08 08:45 PM   #168 
                                            - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-25-08 10:31 PM   #170 
                                            - Have yourself another big helping of fail.  EOTE   Nov-26-08 09:28 AM   #171 
                                            - Epic WIN!  wildbilln864   Nov-26-08 12:16 PM   #172 
                                            - You too! You can have my extra portion of stuffing :)  EOTE   Nov-26-08 12:17 PM   #173 
                                            - Thank you. nt  wildbilln864   Nov-26-08 12:34 PM   #175 
                                            - Bill, reading has never been your strong suit, so here's some help....  Flatulo   Nov-26-08 12:28 PM   #174 
                                            - I read as well as you.  wildbilln864   Nov-26-08 12:41 PM   #176 
                                            - You were right about the Bush Doctrine and I was wrong.  Flatulo   Nov-26-08 01:33 PM   #177 
                                            - I'll try to reply one by one.  EOTE   Nov-26-08 08:15 PM   #179 
                                            - What was the level of proof for the prior indictments?  Flatulo   Nov-28-08 09:47 PM   #188 
                                            - technically it was first known as "the wolfowitz doctrine" and the primary author was guess who?  reinvestigate911   Nov-26-08 10:23 PM   #180 
                                            - I completely oppose the notion of pre-emptive war.  Flatulo   Nov-26-08 11:09 PM   #183 
                                            - does the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" mean anything to you?  reinvestigate911   Nov-26-08 10:56 PM   #181 
                                            - I reply below.  EOTE   Nov-24-08 04:22 PM   #124 
                                   - Here's a good article on how NTSC video works....  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 10:02 PM   #139 
                                      - None of this changes anything.  EOTE   Nov-25-08 06:22 AM   #143 
                    - Did you see this article from Muckraker?  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 06:26 PM   #164 
           - It's rather easy to demonstrate  anigbrowl   Jan-04-09 07:31 PM   #193 
  - Because he can't pronounce Habeas Corpus?  DailyGrind51   Nov-23-08 05:10 PM   #44 
  - Robert Fisk on dj double-vu in Afghanistan  JohnyCanuck   Nov-23-08 06:38 PM   #46 
  - Isn't that the truth.  Time for change   Nov-23-08 07:18 PM   #48 
  - Gates and the Urge to Surge  JohnyCanuck   Nov-23-08 08:40 PM   #61 
  - no smoking gun for nine one one  reinvestigate911   Nov-23-08 09:23 PM   #63 
  - Maybe no smoking guns, but certainly some powder burns and fingerprints.  balantz   Nov-23-08 11:46 PM   #68 
  - claims of no-planes and "video fakery" are part the disinformation campaign  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 02:13 PM   #99 
     - It was a media psyops job. What corporate entities own the media? n/t  balantz   Nov-24-08 02:54 PM   #108 
     - i suppose the media psyops also created the airplane debris that crushed pedestrians...?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 04:07 PM   #121 
        - I'm not calling you a disinfo agent, though I could attack you like you are me.  balantz   Nov-24-08 04:29 PM   #125 
           - evidence of aircraft parts directly refute the so-called no-planes "theory"  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 06:22 AM   #144 
     - The funny thing about the Truth Movement is that each camp  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 03:05 PM   #113 
        - presence of these hare-brained "theorists" should tell you something--or do you deny counter-intel?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 04:10 PM   #122 
           - Why do you assume that there are no people dumb enough to believe in no-planes  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 09:27 PM   #136 
              - you cannot disprove the existence of what people call god. no-planes can be disproven.  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 07:07 AM   #145 
                 - Heh, I agree, but no-planers would call you a fool.  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 01:50 PM   #148 
                    - it might proven that i am a fool... just show me a survivor who believes there was no planes.  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 09:21 PM   #169 
                       - Time for a second helping of crow.  Flatulo   Nov-26-08 10:59 PM   #182 
                          - just saw this  reinvestigate911   Nov-26-08 11:41 PM   #184 
  - Thank you for all these links  Time for change   Nov-24-08 06:43 AM   #72 
     - check this one out  reinvestigate911   Nov-27-08 12:16 PM   #185 
  - K&R !  G_j   Nov-23-08 09:23 PM   #64 
  - I have a compromise: We still find and kill OBL, but refuse to do any nation building/occupying  anonymous171   Nov-24-08 12:05 AM   #69 
  - OBL not wanted for the crime of 9/11  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 12:42 AM   #70 
     - And as Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio bear witness,  JohnyCanuck   Nov-24-08 06:49 AM   #73 
     - anthrax letters, clearly false-flag terrorism  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 01:54 PM   #96 
     - OBL is already on the 10 most wanted list. How many times would you like him to be listed?  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 12:00 PM   #86 
        - let's ask washington, shall we?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 01:44 PM   #95 
        - guess you missed that silly movie on this very topic  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 01:58 PM   #97 
        - Go here...  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:10 PM   #98 
           - .. and he's not listed for the crime. what's your point?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 02:19 PM   #100 
              - My point is that he's one the top-10 list. He was on it before 9/11.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:30 PM   #102 
              - considering FBI's rex tomb said No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11 that's relevent how?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 02:36 PM   #103 
              - bin Laden didn't hijack or pilot any of the aircraft. So no, there is no  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:49 PM   #107 
                 - did i say bush did it?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 03:10 PM   #115 
              - you've been lied to, friend  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 02:40 PM   #105 
              - Ah, the Big Gun of the Truth Movement... ...YouTube!  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 02:55 PM   #109 
                 - be as snarky as you like but "press for truth" is sourced entirely from mainstream media...  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 03:03 PM   #112 
                    - Oh, I don't pretend to know the truth. Please don't put those words  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 03:16 PM   #116 
                       - i suggest you engage those college-honed critical thinking skills you paid so much money for and...  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 03:50 PM   #119 
                       - Wow, did you just watch 'Network' this afternoon?  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 09:35 PM   #137 
                          - nah - but you seem to be pretty out of touch with ideas contained therein  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 07:22 AM   #146 
                             - No, I'm completely familiar with the premise of your screed.  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 01:51 PM   #149 
                                - you just take joy in debate then?  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 03:19 PM   #154 
                                   - I've been hanging out here for a few years now, mostly in the Dungeon.  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 04:55 PM   #155 
                                      - your assertion is simply untrue  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 05:46 PM   #161 
                                      - Alrighty then, I guess we're done here...  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 06:19 PM   #163 
                                      - sounds more like you're done  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 06:49 PM   #165 
                                      - just a sec  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 05:53 PM   #162 
                       - the purpose of any investigation....  wildbilln864   Nov-25-08 03:15 PM   #153 
                          - So should we investigate space beams and mini-nukes?  Flatulo   Nov-25-08 05:13 PM   #157 
                             - "we" won't be investigating anything.  wildbilln864   Nov-25-08 05:19 PM   #158 
              - Did you happen to read in the OP the reason why 9/11 is not listed as one of bin Laden's crimes  Time for change   Nov-24-08 04:15 PM   #123 
              - Your YouTubing is seriously out of date. Go here to see the  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 03:02 PM   #110 
                 - youtubing? it's from the BBC. maybe you should send them this link in order to redact their story?  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 03:08 PM   #114 
                    - Great job man!  wildbilln864   Nov-24-08 05:35 PM   #130 
                       - I'm curious, do you also agree with his post 121? n/t  balantz   Nov-24-08 06:17 PM   #131 
                       - I do believe disinfo is used to foil any prospect of investigation...  wildbilln864   Nov-24-08 07:44 PM   #132 
                          - I agree with that. But attempts to discredit with disinfo aren't limited to one research area.  balantz   Nov-24-08 08:02 PM   #133 
                             - i don't know anyone stupid enough to deny the fact that airplanes collided with WTC towers 1 & 2  reinvestigate911   Nov-24-08 08:48 PM   #134 
                                - I know plenty of people stupid enough to believe in no-planes.  Flatulo   Nov-24-08 10:07 PM   #140 
                                   - for those who haven't seen the argument against this "theory"  reinvestigate911   Nov-28-08 07:07 PM   #186 
                       - thank you, and i appreciate the welcome  reinvestigate911   Nov-25-08 08:16 AM   #147 
        - once is enough.....  wildbilln864   Nov-25-08 03:03 PM   #151 
           - There is hard evidence. The media record. n/t  balantz   Nov-25-08 08:12 PM   #166 
              - one more time for the thinking impaired  reinvestigate911   Nov-28-08 07:32 PM   #187 
  - K&R  valerief   Nov-24-08 07:53 AM   #75 
  - Americas Wars of Self-Destruction  JohnyCanuck   Nov-24-08 10:39 AM   #82 
  - If You Want To Know Why  Mark D.   Nov-24-08 03:59 PM   #120 
  - Kicking  Orwellian_Ghost   Nov-24-08 09:07 PM   #135 
  - kick. nt  wildbilln864   Nov-25-08 12:28 AM   #141 
  - Russian experience in Afghanistan and Why we don't torture  WilliamHenryMee   Nov-28-08 11:43 PM   #189 
  - a kick  Twist_U_Up   Jan-04-09 11:17 AM   #190 
  - and a plummet  boloboffin   Jan-04-09 11:26 AM   #191 
     - you don't make yourself look too intelligent.  Twist_U_Up   Jan-04-09 06:14 PM   #192 
  - So how do we get Obama to reveal the truth?  I814U   Jan-05-09 03:08 PM   #194 
     - I suggesting hiding and watching.  boloboffin   Jan-05-09 06:07 PM   #195 
        - You know what you get when you hide and watch criminals?  I814U   Jan-06-09 11:59 AM   #196 

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