Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Another American Occupied Country To Produce Opium

First, lets look at a little history in Afghanistan to get a sense of american influence:

February 15, 2001
"U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan -- once the world's largest producer -- since banning poppy cultivation last summer."

Enter the US:

October 25, 2002
Afghanistan Is Again the World's Largest Opium Producer, U.N. Drug Agency Says
"Afghanistan has again established itself as the world's largest opium poppy producer this year, with growers taking advantage of a power vacuum during the U.S.-led war and the collapse of the Taliban regime, the U.N. drug control agency said Friday."

Whee, this goin' great:

December 2, 2006
"Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent of the world's heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts (wink wink), the Bush administration reported yesterday."

Then, how did things go after the US drove Serbia out of Kosovo in 1999?

Booming drug trade in post-war Kosovo
US allies smuggle most of world's heroin

Why stop now?

Opium: Iraq's deadly new export
Cost of the War in Iraq
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