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TheStripey1
05-16-2007, 09:55 PM
What happened to the War on Drugs? It predates the War on Terror... so what happened to it?

Heroin kills far more people than terrorism does... why do we stand by and allow this drug to flourish?



Afghans hit hardest by biggest opium crop
Drug addiction from womb to grave threatens to undermine any hope of economic revival

Dan McDougall in Kabul
Sunday May 13, 2007
The Observer (http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,2078490,00.html)

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Afghanistan is hooked on opium. The drugs trade has become the largest employer, its biggest export and the main source of income in a land devastated by decades of war. Opium is grown on 10 per cent of the farmland and employs 13 per cent of the population as labourers, guards and transport workers.

Poppy farmers have had a long cold winter, painstakingly tending their crops by hand using short, flat shovels to tease out weeds and turn the arid soil. The poppies are now in blossom. When the red petals peel away, the seed pods will be lanced and squeezed for opium sap. Any day now, the bazaars, full of pomegranates and oranges, will become the biggest opium markets in the world. UN estimates suggest this year's opium harvest will be the largest in history.

Since the overthrow of the Taliban, land under cultivation for poppy has grown from 8,000 to 165,000 hectares. Ninety per cent of the world's supply of opium will emerge from this corner of Asia over the coming months. The drugs will be smuggled across the Pakistani border or along the Harirut River, through the city of Herat and into Iran where they will be refined into heroin and set on course for Russia and the West.

The ubiquity of the drug has now created the world's worst domestic drug problem, a crisis threatening to engulf any hope of economic revival. The first nationwide survey on drug use, by the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, estimated that one million in this nation of 30 million were addicts, including 100,000 women and 60,000 children.

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nevadamedic
05-16-2007, 10:01 PM
What happened to the War on Drugs? It predates the War on Terror... so what happened to it?

Heroin kills far more people than terrorism does... why do we stand by and allow this drug to flourish?

Sounds like another reason to go into Iran.

lily
05-17-2007, 01:02 AM
Sounds like another reason to go into Iran.

????????

loosecannon
05-17-2007, 01:02 AM
Sounds like another reason to go into Iran.

Iran grows no poppy's Mr Chicken Hawk.

Could you delight us with another unclever nonsequitur, waste of bandwidth post?

Oh look that woman across the street hailed a cab and the cabby is brown, sounds like another reason for Bushbots to go into Iran.......

TheStripey1
05-17-2007, 12:14 PM
Sounds like another reason to go into Iran.


why? The opium is being grown in Afghanistan. Why do you republicans always want to attack countries that have nothing to do with the problem?