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  1. Standard member finnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    29 Aug '16 23:29 / 1 edit
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders have used heroin at least once a year.

    Prior to NATO and the United States invading Afghanistan, opium production was banned by the Taliban, who saw it as anti-Islam and disruptive. Since the invasion, however, Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s opium, most of it ending up in Western Europe or Russia. The West is forced to either allow the Afghani to continue growing opium, which is the core of their local economy and livelihood, or stop opium production, as the Taliban receives a percentage of the international proceeds. About $2.4 billion is earned from drug exports, or 15 percent of Afghanistan’s gross national product (GNP).

    The U.S. and NATO have no intentions of cutting off this flow of money all at once. According to Ivanov, only 1/100th of the total opium yield in Afghanistan has been destroyed, compared with sweeping eradications of coca bushes each year in Colombia....

    In 1997, Alfred McCoy testified before a special seminar focused on linking the CIA to drug-trafficking: “Under CIA and Pakistani protection, Pakistan military and Afghan resistance opened heroin labs on the Afghan and Pakistani border. According to The Washington Post of May 1990, among the leading heroin manufacturers were Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan leader who received about half of the covert arms that the U.S. shipped to Pakistan … Once the heroin left these labs in Pakistan’s northwest frontier, the Sicilian Mafia imported the drugs into the U.S., where they soon captured sixty percent of the U.S. heroin market. That is to say, sixty percent of the U.S. heroin supply came indirectly from a CIA operation.”

    “Former CIA operatives have admitted that this operation led to an expansion of the Pakistan-Afghanistan heroin trade. In 1995 the former CIA Director of this Afghan operation, Mr. Charles Cogan, admitted sacrificing the drug war to fight the Cold War. ‘Our main mission was to do as much damage to the Soviets. We didn’t really have the resources or the time to devote to an investigation of the drug trade,’ he told Australian television. ‘I don’t think that we need to apologize for this. Every situation has its fallout. There was fallout in terms of drugs, yes, but the main objective was accomplished. The Soviets left Afghanistan.’”

    Besides being a major cash crop, heroin offered routes for the West to support various organizations privately, offered capital and profits to banks that laundered and handled the cash flows and offered cooperation and coverage toward various intelligence community operations. Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray wrote in a 2007 article for the Daily Mail that “our economic achievement in Afghanistan goes well beyond the simple production of raw opium. In fact Afghanistan no longer exports much raw opium at all. It has succeeded in what our international aid efforts urge every developing country to do. Afghanistan has gone into manufacturing and ‘value-added’ operations.”

    He elaborated that Afghanistan “now exports not opium, but heroin. Opium is converted into heroin on an industrial scale, not in kitchens but in factories. Millions of gallons of the chemicals needed for this process are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The tankers and bulk opium lorries on the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
  2. 29 Aug '16 23:41
    Clearly this is the work of the GOP.
  3. Standard member finnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    30 Aug '16 00:10
    Place this information alongside your knowledge of the war on drugs and the incarceration of black Americans.

    Consider what is implied.
  4. 30 Aug '16 00:23
    Originally posted by finnegan
    Place this information alongside your knowledge of the war on drugs and the incarceration of black Americans.

    Consider what is implied.
    Like I said, it's Bush's fault.
  5. Subscriber joe shmo
    Strange Egg
    30 Aug '16 01:00
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    I present you System of A Down, Prison Song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yndfqN1VKhY
  6. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    30 Aug '16 02:21
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    I've heard before that the Sicilians have been responsible for the massive spread of heroin in both Europe and the USA.

    Maybe Afghanistan can develop a medical morphine industry. Opiates are not all illegal.

    The Poppy is California's state flower REPRESENT
  7. 30 Aug '16 07:36
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    An incredible nonchalant myopic justification, its ok as long as the Soviets left Afghanistan????
  8. Subscriber mchill
    cryptogram
    30 Aug '16 09:43
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    It wouldn't surprise me at all.
  9. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    30 Aug '16 12:05 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by finnegan
    Place this information alongside your knowledge of the war on drugs and the incarceration of black Americans.

    Consider what is implied.
    Indeed, the so-called war on drugs is nothing more than another of many bogeyman fear programs foisted upon the US citizenry by its government... using their funds.
    However, stats can be misleading.
    Although there are some profound physical differences between a 'very black' person and a 'very white' person, the classifications administered by the statisticians is, at best, suspect.
    Analyzing the 208,000
    Really? Exactly that round number? How positively convenient...
    people who, as of 2013's end were in prison solely for drug offenses, drugwarfacts.com has the box score thusly:
    Of this total: 67,800 32.6% were non-Hispanic white, 38.4% were non-Latino/Hispanic African Americans, and 79,900 38.4% were non-Latino/Hispanic African Americans, and 39,900 19.2% were Latino/Hispanic.

    Given the ongoing and continued proliferation of e pluribis unum, it is a jejune perspective which considers life as so (pardon the intended pun) black and white.
  10. 30 Aug '16 14:27 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    Illicit drug abuse is the next best thing to dumbing American children down with the public education system.

    After all, they are spending all their money for the future no jobs to be had, so they better get more using drugs
  11. Standard member shavixmir
    Guppy poo
    30 Aug '16 14:50
    Originally posted by finnegan
    http://www.mintpressnews.com/afghan-opium-production-increased-40-times-since-nato-us-invasion/57053/

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 605,000 Americans ages 12 or older had abused heroin at least once a year — 0.8 percent of all eighth graders, 0.8 percent of all 10th graders and 0.9 percent of all 12th graders ha ...[text shortened]... n the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.”
    Well, at least the bloody CIA is good for something!