US SPECIAL ENVOY RICHARD HOLBROOKE ANNOUNCES U.S. ENDING POPPY ERADICATION IN AFGHANISTAN: WHAT A JOKE
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.