Afghanistan now nearly ‘a narcotics state’
Posted by musliminsuffer on September 25, 2006
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
Afghanistan now nearly ‘a narcotics state’
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, opium production was nearly halted. So, how come the Taliban is terrorist, then!!! Now there is a bumper crop. Look for the quiz on Afghanistan further down.
More than three years after a pro-U.S. government was installed, Afghanistan has been unable to contain opium poppy production and is “on the verge of becoming a narcotics state,” according to a presidential report.
The report said the area in Afghanistan devoted to poppy cultivation last year set a new record of 206,700 hectares, more than triple the figure for 2003.
The Afghan narcotics situation, “represents an enormous threat to world stability, said the report, issued Friday.
It listed opium production at 4,950 metric tons, 17 times more than second place Myanmar.
Opium poppy is the raw material for heroin.
The massive study, covering the illicit narcotics situation in 2004 in virtually all countries, was transmitted to the Congress by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on behalf of President Bush.
Colombia remains a major drug country, the report said, despite impressive progress against narcotics trafficking.
Colombia’s efforts praised
It credited Colombia’s public security forces with preventing hundreds of tons of illicit drugs from reaching the world market through interdiction, spraying of coca and poppy crops and manual eradication.
The United States has been a major counterdrug partner of Colombia, having contributed billions of dollars to the effort since 2000.
Colombia is the source of over 90 percent of the cocaine and 50 percent of the heroin entering the U.S. the report said. It is also a leading user of precursor chemicals and the focus of significant money laundering activity.
In Afghanistan, the United States military deposed the Taliban government in November 2001, and President Hamid Karzai has been in charge since then with strong American backing.
“Dangerous security conditions make implementing counternarcotics programs difficult and present a substantial obstacle to both poppy eradication efforts by the national government and to international efforts to provide related assistance,” the report said.
Also contributing to the situation is the destruction resulting from 25 years of conflict, the lack of legitimate income streams, and the limited enforcement capacity of the national government, the report said.
AN AFGHANISTAN – A QUIZ
What does Afghanistan have worth invading for?
Natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semi precious stones, and more opium than the Burmese Golden Triangle.
The British Government fought a war in China over their “right” to sell what product to the Chinese people?
Opium. The corruption brought to China triggered the Boxer Rebellion and eventually helped the Communists into power.
In what business did the Tafts, Forbes, and Coolidges make their initial family fortunes?
Selling Opium to the British for export to China, called the “China Trade” in polite society of the time. Ever see those paper flowers the military veterans hand out on Memorial Day? Those represent Opium poppies, symbols of a deep sleep, and date from the time of the “China Trade”. L. Frank Baum had opium in mind when the Wicked Witch Of The West used poppies to put Dorothy to sleep in the way to Oz.
What was the original funding source for the mysterious “Skull And Bones” fraternity at Yale University, of which so many of our leaders are alumni?
Opium sold to China funded the Russell Trust, “Skull ∓ Bones” legal name.
What was the French Secret Service smuggling out of Vietnam and into the United States?
Opium, via the “French Connection”, made famous by the movie of the same name.
After the French left, what was the CIA smuggling out of Vietnam and back to the United States in the body bags of our war dead?
Opium, via Air America, made famous by the movie of the same name. The Opium was sold to fund covert operations that the Congress would not approve of. The Opium was deliberately sold (converted to heroin) in black neighborhoods to reduce the political backlash if discovered. When the Vietnam War ended, the US heroin problem went away. Prediction: Once we are mired in Afghanistan, the heroin problem will return to our streets.
Who has the largest stockpile of weapons-grade Anthrax in the world?
The United States Of America.
Who was the last military commander to successfully invade Afghanistan?
Alexander The Great
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW