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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Opium production spike in Afghanistan
I don't want to flog a dead horse but I think it is important to look at the facts for us to really understand the big picture. NATO’s presence in Afghanistan has coincided with a sharp rise in opium production, leading to a global revival in heroin use.
According to UN figures, much of the blame lies with a 15-fold increase in Afghan opium production since 2001, the year Canadian soldiers helped the U.S. overthrow the country’s Taliban government. Afghanistan now supplies 90 percent of the world’s opium.
2001. That was indeed a pivotal year. By February of 2001, U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia had nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan - once the world's largest producer - since banning poppy cultivation last summer.
We know that the US soldiers in Afghanistan are now helping cultivate and harvest opium there. We were told that it was because if they didn't do it, the Taliban would but think about it. The Taliban are Muslim extremists. Sure hypocrisy exists within any religion but they are religious extremists who frown upon drug use. They had brought opium production to a grinding halt. NATO troops came in and have brought it back in a new heroin revival seen here at home.
Now that Canadian soldiers are pulling out of Kandahar and handing over control of that opium producing hub to the American soldiers who are admittedly cultivating and harvesting opium, we need to take the next step. We need to stop buying their opium for insite.
And we need to remember Julie Couillard's claim on national television that Maxime had said “the war in Afghanistan has nothing to do with building democracy in that country but has to do with the global control of the opium trade. It’s a drug war.”... "the War In Afghanistan was about the control of the global opium trade, not democracy". The oil pipeline was a factor as well.
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One thinks, Agent K, that it's wise to stay away from some of the wilder claims re. international intrigue made on this site. But your latest zinger, that some guy called "Maxime" said the Afghan. war of the USA was always a "drug war" is really laughable and funny. Well, that settles that issue, eh...?ReplyDelete
Er...no, it doesn't. The war started after the idiot Al Qaeda blasted the twin towers, the Yanks demanded bin Laden's head on a platter & the Taliban said, "Screw you." The Americans invaded because of that terrorist attack, Agent K.
Saying you found different on Youtube just doesn't cut it in reality.
Some guy named Maxine was a Member of Parliament named Maxime Bernier. He was caught leaving sensitive government documents about the war in Afghanistan at his girlfriend’s place who happened to have previous ties to the Hells Angels. Since the sensitive government documents had to do with the war in Afghanistan, one would think he had a certain amount of government security clearance on that issue.ReplyDelete
The Bin Laden confession video didn’t even look like Bin Laden. Some wacko in a cave does not have the recipe for nano thermite nor do they have the magical ability to make the third tower collapse at freefall speed just like a controlled demolition when no planes hit it. That is not scientific.
The US Military is cultivating and harvesting opium in Afghanistan. That is a fact. Even if Bin Laden did bomb the towers, which he didn’t, that would not rationalize the military trafficking in opium. Read about the timeline to the Central Asia Gas Pipeline. The Invasion of Iraq was based on a premeditated lie over oil. Afghanistan was a similar situation. The fact that opium production has dramatically increased since the NATO invasion is another documented fact.