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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 03:05 AM
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Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time
Edited on Tue Jul-24-07 03:12 AM by JohnyCanuck

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time
By CRAIG MURRAY - (Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan /jc)

SNIP

They stamped out the opium trade, and impoverished and drove out the drug warlords whose warring and rapacity had ruined what was left of the country after the Soviet war.

That is about the only good thing you can say about the Taliban; there are plenty of very bad things to say about them. But their suppression of the opium trade and the drug barons is undeniable fact.

Now we are occupying the country, that has changed. According to the United Nations, 2006 was the biggest opium harvest in history, smashing the previous record by 60 per cent. This year will be even bigger.

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/new...


To understand how vital the money is from the illegal drug trade in keeping the above ground, "legitimate" economy/financial system on an even keel, read the 3 part article Narco Dollars for Dummies by Catherine Austin Fitts here:
http://www.drugwar.com/catherineaustinfittsindex.shtm (links to the Narco Dollars stories near the bottom of the list)
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Sanctified Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 03:13 AM
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1. Heroine is so Passe.
n/t
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 06:24 PM
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6. Yup, you have to hand it to the CIA
for having the supply chain management and organizational skills it took to bypass the pesky DEA and law enforcement officials trying to do their job and get plane loads of cocaine from Central/South America onto the streets of America's inner cities. I guess heroin just found it too hard to compete with the new glamor drug. However, doesn't look like the Bush administration's allies among the Afghanistan war lords-cum-politicians is letting that ancient history hold them back. You gotta hand it to them, I guess, for showing a true entrepreneurial, can-do attitude. They seem to be making good progress in their campaign to regain heroin's lost market share.
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Sanctified Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 06:38 PM
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7. hmmm...
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Dragonbreathp9d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-07 08:22 AM
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9. hahaha! good one
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 03:47 AM
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2. Do those crops like a lotta rain?
Because Britain is under water.
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 12:26 PM
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5. Seeing as how these crops are being grown in Afghanistan,
I guess it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of difference to them how much rain falls in Britain.
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 07:51 AM
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3. kick n/t
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 10:12 AM
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4. Just an observation
I don't know about you guys, but if I was in the military deployed in Afghanistan, or had friends deployed in Afghanistan, I'd be pretty pissed off that I and my comrades in arms were expected to put our lives on the line to protect the illegal business dealings of a bunch of heroin pushing, drug dealing, war criminal, scum sucking, millionaire bags of dirt like the Afghan war lord-politicians.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 09:20 PM
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8. "drug dealing, war criminal, scum sucking, millionaire bags of dirt like the Afghan war lords"
I think you meant to say, "allies on the war on terror" didn't you?
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