Makes no sense to me

  1. Here we are in afghanistan to cripple terrorism and capture bad guys

    I just saw on a news channel, that afghanistans main agricultural product continues to be planted and harvested without any controls. This product is the poppy plant. The majority of heroin in this country has been traced back to Afghanistan. We are there why arent we shutting down their poppy fields, which supplies opium and heroin and provides a major source of income to these terrorists and assorted bad guys.

    I dont understand this at all
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Tom - the main reason we had support from Parkistan was to close down those poppy fields. Parkistan is a Muslim country and, as a matter of course is against alcohol and recreational drugs. They were disgusted with Al Queda because they were into drug running (against the muslim religion). The original intent of this move by al Queada was as an attack against the west - the old get us hooked and get wealthy at the same time as weakening us. Trouble was there were more addicts within Pakistan itself - I can't remember the numbers and will go on a hunt later - - but the number of addicts there make our problems look like a storm in a teacup.

    We do not want Pakistan as an enemy.

    I really wish we had finished the job in Afghanistan before haring off to Iraq.
  4. by   Tweety
    Agreed. Makes no sense whatsoever.
  5. by   donmurray
    Much like the claim that Mussolini at least made the Italian trains run on time before WW2, the Taliban supposedly stopped the growing of opium (due to it clashing with their religious beliefs) by the simple method of shooting anyone found growing it.
    As it currently pays far better than any other crop they could grow, what's an Afghan farmer to do?
  6. by   gwenith
    Don the same problem came with the Golden Triangle in Thailand and Burma - the mountain farmers were growing it because it is the best paying cash crop. Unfortunately they are cutting down the trees on the mountainsides to do it and this is causing flood/drought in the lowlands.

    Here is a news excerpt

    Opium production drops in Golden Triangle 26/06/2003 03:16:10

    Illicit drug production is dropping in Burma and Laos, but flourishing in Afghanistan.

    A report by United Nations drug experts say Afghan poppy farmers are supplying a growing heroin market in Central Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe.

    The opium crop leapt in 2002 due to the ousting of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    The Taliban regime had mounted an effective eradication program.

    The report, is based on surveys, satellite images and field verification.

    It says opium profuction in the "Golden Triangle", comprising Burma, Laos and Thailand has dropped by 40 percent.

    This suggests efforts to promote alternative income sources for poor farmers are working.

    ABC Asia Pacifc / Radio Australia

    Here is a link to the crime commission for those who do not trust the media
  7. by   teeituptom
    so again why ar we allowing them to grow poppies without interfereing, spray them with Agent Orange or something to kill the production off.

    Yes I have a very deep and personal dislike of the heroin trade
  8. by   nekhismom
    We turn a blind eye to a lot of things that we know about, and that potentially harm people every day. Does it make sense?? No. Will it continue to happen?? yes.

    People have to live. I can understand their desire to make money and the need for it. But I certainly don't like it.
  9. by   gwenith
    The BIG problem with production of heroin in Afghanistan is the contamination of the product. LONG before 9/11 there was very real , very legitimate concern over heroin coming our of Afghanistan because it had been contaminated with animal manure and addicts were dying of it.

    As I said before we want and we NEED to keep both Pakistan and India on side - we cannot afford to annoy either country too much and allowing Afghanistan to go back into the opium business would do just that. We only thought Iraq had WMD we KNOW both India and Pakhistan do have WMDs