Update 2013: Afghan Opium Production Reaches All Time High
(Source: UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC))
According to BBC News:
“The cultivation of opium in Afghanistan reached its peak in 1999, when 350 square miles (910 km2) of poppies were sown. The following year the Taliban banned poppy cultivation, a move which cut production by 94 percent. By 2001 only 30 square miles (78 km2) of land were in use for growing opium poppies. A year later, after American and British troops had removed the Taliban and installed the interim government, the land under cultivation leapt back to 285 square miles (740 km2), with Afghanistan supplanting Burma to become the world’s largest opium producer once more.” (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3476377.stm)
Amazing photos–opium fields of Afghanistan.
Notice the near zero opium production in 2001–while the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan.
Heroin Use in the US on the Rise
New Heroin users have increased ~60% in the past decade http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/index.aspx
New prescription Opiate users have decreased in the past ten years. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch5.8
Afghani Heroin Production increased 2-3x in the past ten years http://www.policymic.com/articles/81165/3-charts-reveal-everything-you-need-to-know-about-heroin-production
Pretty good article with numbers attached: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-spoils-of-war-afghanistan-s-multibillion-dollar-heroin-trade/91
But why? No one is saying anything “officially.” However:
- Heroin profits are in the billions of dollars. Who is getting all that cash?
- More heroin leads to more heroin addicts which leads to more crime.
- More crime is used to justify calls for more police state controls–and ever greater restrictions on remaining freedoms.
Just sayin’ . . .
The Chicago Tribune reports: Man Found Frozen in Rogers Park Home (http://tinyurl.com/4lrhvvl). Seems there was no heat in his home. Washington responds:
The White House is targeting the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, would see funding drop by about $2.5 billion from an authorized 2009 total of $5.1 billion. (Source)
Dear low-income American,
I know times are tough. I know many of you saw your savings and home values hurt by Wall Street recklessness. I also know that, with official unemployment above 9 percent, it is tough to find a job, and many have been forced to choose part-time employment that lacks benefits. But as a result of extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, the budget deficit has grown.
So, despite your problems, you are going to be “asked” to sacrifice. Your president is planning to cut $2.6 billion from Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps people afford keeping their homes warm during the winter, despite the fact that due to the economic downturn the number of poor people needing help has increased significantly.
As a result of your going without heat next winter, we will be able to afford almost one whole week of fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost about $468 million a day. Although when you add in the many hidden costs like increased long-term veteran’s health care due to the conflicts, your sacrifice is probably only really going to cover maybe half a week.
I hope you understand that when we had to choose between providing basic necessities to our citizens or fighting about five more days in Iraq and Afghanistan because of [insert newest justification here], we clearly just had to choose the wars over you.
Democrats in Washington
- Most Americans Now Think Afganistan War Was a Mistake (prof77.wordpress.com)
- Support the Troops–with drugs (prof77.wordpress.com)
- Afghan opium farming ‘to spread’ (bbc.co.uk)
- “If we destroy opium poppy fields, farmers will join the Taliban” (rt.com)
- Opium production could gain ground in Afghanistan (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Afghanistan’s Opium Wars: Amazing Photos From ‘National Geographic’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Opium economics (geneveith.com)