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reprehensor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:53 AM
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Afghanistan, Opium, and the CIA
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 09:55 AM by reprehensor
 
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With President Obama digging in, in Afghanistan, it's important to take a breath, and review some problems that have been created and inflamed by U.S. intervention in that country. Particularly, the drug problem.

Please take 10 minutes to watch this first segment from "An Unholy Alliance", to get a taste of what blind, or misguided decision-making can result in, in that area of the world.

YouTube - Parts 2-6;
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CE1A9073F24BB00...

Video google (entire film - better frame rate than YouTube version);
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=530206636451694...

Further commentary and analysis;
http://www.911blogger.com/node/19511

(This is especially relevant right now, because somebody is trying to get Gulbuddin Hekmatyar back in the game in Afghanistan; http://911blogger.com/node/19488 )
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:30 PM
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1. You can always tell what drug will become a problem by seeing what
the cash crop is of the country we are engaged in.
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:55 PM
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2. ttgpwy! nt
:hi:
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:58 PM
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3. Afghanistan drug industry gets into manufacturing and "value-added" operations.

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time
By CRAIG MURRAY (Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan)

SNIP

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.

SNIP

Opium is produced all over Afghanistan, but especially in the north and north-east, Dostum's territory. Again, our Government's spin doctors have tried hard to obscure this fact and make out that the bulk of the heroin is produced in the tiny areas of the south under Taliban control. But these are the most desolate, infertile rocky areas. It is a physical impossibility to produce the bulk of the vast opium harvest there.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-469983/Britain-...
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:03 PM
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4. Why isn't the country talking about this? Why are we so ignorant? Can't
evangelicals accept it? How much longer are we going to live with duplicity - hypocricy.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:41 PM
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5. most excellent , thank you for these video's!! excellent!!
May i add..please read "Barry and the Boys" , by Daniel Hopsicker.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:34 PM
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6.  K&R and bookmarked the article for reading later
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 03:35 PM by Turborama
Thanks for the share, downloading the Google Video version now....


:kick: & R
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:19 PM
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7. Thanks reprehensor. Recommended.
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 04:19 PM by mmonk
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Azooz Donating Member (271 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 03:19 PM
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8. The Judges
Afghanistan has a justice system that Gonzo helped create for Bush - and the judges are hand picked by the drug lords, so it does not matter at all who actually rules Pakistan or Afghanistan becuase the drug lords are happy as long as their judges are in place. Chinese, Russian or American makes no matter, all get part of the action as long as they keep the Taliban away.

National Geographic -
Afghan Heroin part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP2VIjJTARk&feature=rela...



KARZAI brother biggest Heroin dealer in Afghanistan and The American media ignores the fact that Afghanistan is a total disaster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w8Z059OJZ4&eurl=http://...

(youtube link has the related dailykos article)

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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-10-09 02:02 AM
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9. I watched the first part. This is really well done. Probably one of the best pieces I have seen on
Afghanistan. I will followup and watch the remaining pieces.

Definitely enlightening.


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