Join me and say, “I do not condone this, I do not consent.”
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)
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Prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Afghanistan was hardly even a world player in growing poppy, which is used to produce both illegal heroin and pharmaceutical-grade morphine. In fact, the Taliban had been actively destroying poppy fields as part of an effort to rid the country of this harmful plant, as was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 16, 2001, in a piece entitled, Nation’s opium production virtually wiped out (http://news.google.com/newspapers?n…).
But after 9/11, the US military-industrial complex quickly invaded Afghanistan and began facilitating the reinstatement of the country’s poppy industry. According to the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), opium cultivation increased by 657 percent in 2002 after the US military invaded the country under the direction of then-President George W. Bush (Source).
CIA responsible for reinstating opium industry in Afghanistan after 9/11
More recently, The New York Times (NYT) reported that the brother of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai had actually been on the payroll of the CIA for at least eight years prior to this information going public in 2009. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a crucial player in reinstating the country’s opium drug trade, known as Golden Crescent, and the CIA had been financing the endeavor behind the scenes (Source).
“The Golden Crescent drug trade, launched by the CIA in the early 1980s, continues to be protected by US intelligence, in liaison with NATO occupation forces and the British military,” wrote Prof. Michel Chossudovsky in a 2007 report, before it was revealed that Ahmed Wali Karzai was on the CIA payroll. “The proceeds of this lucrative multibillion dollar contraband are deposited in Western banks. Almost the totality of revenues accrue to corporate interests and criminal syndicates outside Afghanistan” (http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/A…).
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’ . . .
I suppose Obama’s “Fast and Furious” policy of supplying guns to Mexican drug gangs wasn’t enough . . .
US involvement in global opium production dwarfs “Fast and Furious”.
As always, profits before people.
- If Poppy-Eradication Is So Easy for the Taliban, They Why Is It That the Lone Superpower Cannot Even Try? (therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com)
- Afghan Opium Production on Increase (theepochtimes.com)
- Ten years and six billion dollars later, Afghanistan’s Opium Blooms Ever Stronger (lissnup.wordpress.com)
- Opium : The U.S. Helps Them Grow It, Protects their Profit Margin And Arrests You For Using It. Hypocrisy At Its Finest (familysurvivalprotocol.wordpress.com)
- Afghan Drugs: Ignorance, Policy Or Agenda? – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- Taliban destroy poppy fields in surprise clampdown on Afghan opium growers (guardian.co.uk)