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12/27/2006 01:08 PM ID: 59169 Permalink   

Afghanistan Now Supplying 90% of the World's Illegal Opium

 

A US Drug Enforcement Agency report says that 90% of the world's illegal opium is now produced in Afghanistan. Afghani heroin has also at least doubled it's market share in the US since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.

Through the early 1980s Afghanistan dominated the US heroin market with a market share of around half. The Taliban crack down reduced the market share to 6%. With the overthrow of the Taliban many Afghanis have returned to the opium trade.

Afghani heroin is some of the purest in the world and is leading to higher numbers of overdoses. Overdoses in LA county rose from 137 to 239 from 2002 to 2005. The opiate trade accounts for 1/3 of Afghanistan's GDP.

 
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  17 Comments
  
  it was to be expected  
 
given that the government benefits the most from this, why else would we have gone into afghanistan and pushed out a regime that nearly eliminated the poppy? oh, that's right - osama. how's that manhunt going by the way?
 
  by: ManilaRyce     12/27/2006 01:39 PM     
  Well that really worked well  
 
From a 6% share to a 90% share, what an improvement. Yur doin a heck-of-a-job there Dubya, heck-of-a-job! Well at least Dubya was successful at something….anything. Now we just have to teach our junkies how to properly cut this high grade stuff.

@Manila
Who the hell is Osama?
 
  by: Valkyrie123     12/27/2006 01:58 PM     
  @manila  
 
how does the US government benefit from illegal opium trade?
 
  by: tiggyfiggy   12/27/2006 02:10 PM     
  @tiggy  
 
heroin is a multibillion dollar industry which was experiencing a disastrous shortage in 2001 due to the taliban. apart from corporate interests in the government, the CIA traffics drugs and funds groups through the laundering of drug money. the actions of the CIA and drug money are well-documented, and not just a conspiracy theory. the CIA sponsors the Afghan drug trade. other countries, like Britain, simply don't try to hide their history of drug trafficking to places like China the way the US does. drug trafficking is the third largest cash commodity in the word behind oil and the arms trade. all that money isn't simply being collected by warlords and terrorists groups.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     12/27/2006 02:43 PM     
  Hence  
 
The REAL reason why they throw drug dealers in jail and give em' hard time. They're cutting in on the government's share!
 
  by: kcking05     12/27/2006 03:27 PM     
  @ManilaRyce  
 
so the CIA is one big government sanctioned drug dealing operation. I hate to sound like a dick, but you got any good reliable links or proof handy? Just seems like a tall order to me
 
  by: tiggyfiggy   12/27/2006 05:03 PM     
  Proof, Lies and Videotapes  
 
@TiggyFiggy
Proof is impossible to get. It's safely assumed, that - be it USA or North Korea - if there was a damning piece of evidence that was 'treasonous', it would have disappeared long ago. .. Under a flurry of, denials, speculation, kidnappings, impoundments, new legislation and disappearances.

All we can hope for is to convince enough people to ask questions, come to their own ideas and *HOPE* they reach the same conclusion as you. This is why I hate FOX and Murdoch so much. [Some of my ideas can be considered conservative. But I want to be conservative on my own terms.]

[Video: Truth and Lies of 9/11]
http://video.google.com/...
 
  by: redstain   12/27/2006 05:14 PM     
  @they need it  
 
after all, us bombed the shit out of afghanistan and whatever infrastructure was left, they need $$$ to buy food, if opium gets it, it's good enough.
 
  by: FunkMan   12/27/2006 05:18 PM     
  So  
 
You're ok with a country pushing drug in order to buy food? That statement has a lot of implications! I don't have a problem with consenting adults buying drugs, but I don't think this is being regulated that closely.
 
  by: kcking05     12/27/2006 08:51 PM     
  Oh fantastic!  
 
Way to keep the world safe for democracy Mr Bush.
 
  by: CrisW   12/28/2006 01:52 AM     
  @tiggyfiggy  
 
sorry, would've replied earlier. just woke up.

regarding proof, ever heard of gary webb? he was a pulitzer prize winning journalist who exposed the CIA drug trade of cocaine in LA. shortly after the story broke, webb committed "suicide" by shooting himself in the face twice.

this link has a dateline video on the incident before webb died.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/...
 
  by: ManilaRyce     12/28/2006 01:54 AM     
  @tiggyfiggy2  
 
btw, the iran-contra affair is also proof of gov't trafficking.
http://en.wikipedia.org/...
 
  by: ManilaRyce     12/28/2006 01:59 AM     
  @ManilaRyce  
 
wow thanks, never knew of this. Probably because it happened before i was born. I personally doubt that the CIA's head knew about it, but still it is amazing what can go on behind peoples backs
 
  by: tiggyfiggy   12/28/2006 06:28 AM     
  Bugger  
 
If I were a leader of a western country that had 40,000 troops in Afghanistan, I'd be at odds with Bush right now.. because my soldiers would be trying to destroy the fields and might come into conflict with 'special interest groups'

I'd f-k up any mercenaries that'd even breath in our direction - ohhh I'm sorry wrong meeting :)

But yeah it's obvious what is going on here... 90% of the worlds opium... worlds. So theorotically if it were 9% or 2% people would have money to buy food, live better and mmmm I dunno get a job! But somehow the governments don't want that.

These stories just build up the rage inside...just tell me when the revolution is starting and I'll put a checkpoint on my street lfmao :)

'Papers... YOUR PAPERS! Err which number is my house? ....carry on!'
 
  by: Mr-Anderson   12/28/2006 01:30 PM     
  @tiggyfiggy  
 
ManilaRyce may not have the actual movements of this money and drugs down, but he surely has it pegged when he says,all that money isn't simply being collected by warlords and terrorists groups.
Face reality, this government and every other keep saying their going to stop the drugs but it never goes away. Useless committees and Gov. Branches open like the US Drug Czar just to humor the people and give a friend a high paying job. The drug industry is growing it isn't getting smaller. The US government like any other has their hands in the cookie jar.

 
  by: hellblazer     12/29/2006 09:03 AM     
  A recent survey (conducted by me)  
 
Has proven that 99 percent of the world supply of bullshit comes from Washington, DC.

Mr. Bush, go wipe your mouth. There's still some bullshit on your upper lip.
 
  by: White Albino   12/30/2006 10:52 AM     
  DEMOCRACY IS IN EFFECT  
 
Dare we thank OUR leaders for allowing this? i say yes, The united states had attacked central america because of its connection with illegal drugs thats push into america yet they allow a former enemy to grow illegal drugs.

They allow the farmer to grow this illegal drug so they can make a living after being freed from the taliban.

and yet they know that those illegal drugs will find thier way to america. many americans will be arrested for its use and thier property will be stolen by the DEA to help fund the war on drugs.

We can thank our government for the demise of the american dream
 
  by: Papa_Chubby   01/03/2007 08:36 PM     
 
 
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