US responsible for expansion of Afghan Opium Trade

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    The US is directly responsible for what is going on. This has all been staged. And you, are the hapless crowd watching this production, believing that 'they' are the enemy. We are the enemy. The US is the enemy. We went over there for profit, so a few could get their pockets stuffed. That's it. WAKE UP!

    Asia Times Online :: South Asia news, business and economy from India and Pakistan

    As United States President Barack Obama and his advisors debated future troop levels for Afghanistan - which resulted in the decision to send an additional 30,000 troops - a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) muddied the water on one of the most important issues in the debate - the effects of Afghanistan's drug production.

    The report, entitled "Addiction, Crime, and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium," gives the false impression that the Taliban are the main culprits behind Afghanistan's skyrocketing drug production. It also implies that drugs are the main reason why the Taliban are gaining in strength, absolving the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of their own responsibility in fomenting the insurgency.

    In fact, the United States and its Afghan allies bear a large share of responsibility for the drug industry's dramatic expansion since the invasion. Buried deep in the report, its authors admit that reduced levels of drug production would have little effect on the insurgency's vigor.

    The following annotation rebuffs some of the report's main assertions, puts in perspective the Taliban's role in the opium economy and highlights US/NATO responsibility for its expansion and potential reduction.
    Taliban insurgents draw some US$125 million annually from drugs, which is more money than 10 years ago, [and as a result] the perfect storm of drugs and terrorism, that has struck the Afghan/Pakistani border for years, may be heading towards Central Asia. A big part of the region could be engulfed in large-scale terrorism, endangering its massive energy resources.
    edited- go to link for the rest of the article-Meister
     
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    Gee...Never saw that one coming.
     
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    Yeah, cause its so far fetched. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Haha... cuz you can't handle the TRUTH you dumb patriots! Be the sheep that you are... it's all in the report. The US went over there to make money. That's it. They sold it to us as being to fight terrorism. There is no such thing as terrorism. Only profit... The real terrorists are those working in our government and behind closed doors.
     
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    And this is new news?
     
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    I guess not?
     
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    Sorry,can't agree with you on this one. I think you're very confused. I believe they had good intentions in Afghanistan after 911. So your "For Profit" assertion really is pretty lame. Actually,the biggest mistake they made over there was trying to conduct a "Drug War." That is not why our Soldiers were sent over there. We have no business telling the Afghans what they can or can't grow. Those poor people barely scrape by. Let em grow what they want.

    If the UN and the West want to stop the Opium Trade than they should start working on it in their own Nations. The West apparently loves Heroin. They keep on buying it no? It's just a matter of supply & demand in the end. The West & the UN should focus on the demand side and leave these poor farmers alone. You just have things all twisted up. The U.S. is actually conducting a Drug War over there. I don't support our troops being engaged in such a War. Let them grow what they want. That has absolutely nothing to do with the original mission. This "Drug War" has actually contributed to the many failures going on over there. It really was an unnecessary distraction. We're paying a very big price for it.
     
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    Given that the "war" on (some) drugs basically amounts to a giant welfare program for the DEA, ATF and the prison-industrial complex, it wouldn't surprise me should it be discovered that the military is being used to keep the supply lines open, in order to have plenty of "problem" to chase after.
     
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