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?
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.
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?
Wasn't there a james bond movie about opium, afghanistan, and russians in
the mid '80s? This isn't something new.
...and where do you think American and global pharmaceutical companies get the
main ingredients for their legal drug trade..from oxycotin, to codine?