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Ezatullah Latifi: Poppy fast becoming major crop of Afghanistan

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  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 7:55 a.m.

    ...and where do you think American and global pharmaceutical companies get the main ingredients for their legal drug trade..from oxycotin, to codine?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    Wasn't there a james bond movie about opium, afghanistan, and russians in the mid '80s? This isn't something new.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    Afghanistan is the poorest non-African nation in the world. That was before they'd been bombed back to the stone ages through years and years of war. Their soil is very poor quality and the terrain is difficult. Poppies are pretty much the only thing worth anything that will grow there. How do you suggest the people support themselves?

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 28, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    I cannot understand why the US has not destroyed the poppy crops in Afghanistan, unless it is some twisted political reasoning. It seems like that should have been one of the first things we did there. Nothing good comes to us or Afghanistan by the opium trade.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Seems like that some time ago the story was that the Taliban had discouraged the growing of poppies for Opium. And that the American military was making deals with the poppy growers to get their loyalty.

    As I understand it, Opium is one of the greatest devices used for the oppression of people. Will the Americans brag about freeing the people of Afghanistan when they leave? If they ever do.

    Will the people killed around the world by the Opium trade be counted in the casualties of the Afghanistan war?