New Reason to stay in Afghanistan: Stop Opium Production

Dawn.com source of part of the story:

 

Just another of a long line of reasons to stay in Afghanistan.  This will be a total disaster for the Afghan population that has nothing to grow, no water to irrigage any food crops, so they grow opium that needs almost no water.  Their whole life is built around the few dollars they get from this crop.  Is the “New” U.S. policy taken from a 2006 document from Stop the Drug war?

A frequent target of accusations of drug dealing is Ahmed Wali Karzai (above), the powerful head of the Kandahar Provincial Council and one of President Karzai’s brothers, says the report. - AP/File photo

A frequent target of accusations of drug dealing is Ahmed Wali Karzai (above), the powerful head of the Kandahar Provincial Council and one of President Karzai’s brothers, says the report. - AP/File photo

WASHINGTON: Senior US military and civilian officials believe the Taliban cannot be defeated and good government in Afghanistan cannot be established without cutting off the money generated by Afghanistan’s opium industry, says a US Senate report released on Tuesday.

The report notes that the illegal Afghan drug industry supplies more than 90 per cent of the world’s heroin and generates an estimated $3 billion a year in profits.

The report also includes, what it describes as ‘an overdue acknowledgement’, that ‘the drug situation has deteriorated sharply under the stewardship of the government of President Hamid Karzai, the United States and Nato-led International Security Assistance Force.’

The report titled ‘Afghanistan’s Narco War: Breaking the Link between drug traffickers and insurgents,’ was issued by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, examining the new US counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan.

The report points out that in 2004 and 2005 the US helped negotiate an agreement for aerial spraying in southern Afghanistan. President Karzai agreed tentatively to a pilot project.

But the Afghan cabinet rejected the idea outright, banning all forms of aerial spraying. ‘Some of them were protecting the source of their own wealth,’ the report quotes a State Department official, identified only as Charles, as saying.

The report notes that ‘nowhere is the corruption worse than in the huge payoffs from drug traffickers’. A frequent target of accusations of drug dealing is Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful head of the Kandahar Provincial Council and one of the president’s brothers, the report adds.

The US Senate panel notes that stories about him are legendary – how Afghan police and military commanders who seize drugs in southern Afghanistan are told by Ahmed Wali to return them to the traffickers, how he arranged the imprisonment of a US drug informant who had tipped the Americans to a drug-laden truck near Kabul, how his accusers often turn up dead.

The report points out: ‘Questions have been raised in the past about whether the United States has the political will to go after influential members of the government.’

 It is the South Asia Wars, The Long War.  Resources (Oil and Gas, and their supply pipelines) are the reasons that the Chinese, the Russians, Iranians, Saudi Arabians, and the U.S. + others are in the region and some countries are doing all they can to dominate the area with troops/embassies/and the promise of “development monies”.  END THE WAR, GET OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA NOW.

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3 Responses to “New Reason to stay in Afghanistan: Stop Opium Production”

  1. Tricia Says:

    There will always be a reason–a public one anyway–for us to be anywhere. I do hope we are out of Iraq sooner rather than later, but then I shudder to think what will happen after that. Will Iraq implode only to be taken over by Iran.

    Damn–what are we doing over in that region anyway? We need our resources here at home.

    Thanks for the article, John. I have a hard time finding good ones on these topics. You have a good eye.

  2. Pat Says:

    Thanks for the really right on article. This info needs to be out there. Keep up the good work.

  3. I'm a Linda too Says:

    Oh, but wait!, now Secretary of Defense says he can’t predict how lonng we will be in AFghanistan, but “nation building takes decades”. WHAT…the every changing reasons. He even avoided the question of them not even mentioning Osama Bin Forgotten as a reasons for being in Afghanistan. She asked him to give it a number (sorry, laughing here) of importance for Osama Bin on Vacation of 1-10 and he didn’t even address that in his response.

    God, to imagine we ended up with a presidenot WORSE than the last.

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