When the Taliban were in charge of Afghanistan, poppy cultivation and trade went way down. As soon as the U.S. took over, it went way back up.

Heroin is illegal in the U.S., and the U.S. has occupied Afghanistan to bring it under the Empire; yet, the heroin trade is flourishing except for the economic downturn. Who controls the trade? Most of it flows through NATO-member Turkey and then on into NATO-Europe. Who finances it all? Who launders all the transactions? The bankers do.

The U.S. wanted to make money spraying farmland with toxic chemicals as a cover even while keeping the trade alive, just like cocaine in Columbia. That ran into some problems such as environmental concerns on the part of not-so-stupid Afghanis, such as Hamid Karzai whom the U.S. has been trying to control or oust.

So, along comes US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke declaring the program a failure. He said:

The Western policies against the opium crop, the poppy crop, have been a failure. They did not result in any damage to the Taliban, but they put farmers out of work, and they alienated people and drove people into the arms of the Taliban. So I need to stress this: the poppy farmer is not our enemy; Taliban are. And to destroy the crops is not an effective policy, and the US has wasted hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars on this program. And that is going to end. We are not going to support crop eradication.

Heroin is not the enemy?

Why do the farmers grow poppies? Heroin and opium are addictive. Why is the trade allowed and encouraged? Those in the trade make huge fortunes off people's addiction. That's sheer evil.

Now, if the U.S. can rationalize bombing babies by predator drone, how can it not stop poppy farming?

If the industrialized nations and others would make life such that people wouldn't want to cave into being hooked but rather be healthy, then the farmers of Afghanistan wouldn't find poppy growing the most lucrative enterprise there.


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    • Joan Dark

      We must do better than these irreligeous rants; Please, some reasoned responses, some genuine love your neighbour as yourself answers to tackle the problem,

      • This is a totally antichrist response from you. Why are you calling upon the people to remain ignorant? Your comment is awful. What a terrible message you are sending.

        Love your neighbor as yourself. You aren't here spreading that. You're here covering for warmongers and liars, deceivers, who took the world into the evil dark side of war. It's monstrous.

        How are you showing love to the Taliban? How are you showing love (truth) to Richard Holbrooke who recently gave an award to Chevron, a major oil company that has paid him very well and has done everything in its power to walk away from the major pollution it caused in Ecuador about which Holbrooke knows full well?

        Were you aware of the pollution? Are you aware of Chevron's disgusting record around the world? Do you care about the people in Burma? The military dictatorship is rich off the oil while the poor want. Do you care? Do you love them? How are you showing it here? Stand up! Stop being dim.

        Did you know Holbrooke was paid by Chevron? Do you know about the Chevron oil pipeline plans to cross Afghanistan that was planned even before 9/11?

        Do know that Condoleezza Rice had a Chevron oil tanker named after her just as she was coming on board to help bring about the illegal invasion of Iraq that has resulted in over a million deaths and millions of war refugees all on a pack of lies?

        Before you call something irreligious, you better have a talk directly with God about who is and who isn't speaking truth.