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Afghan President Implicated as ‘Hindrance’ by Khalida
August 17, 2008, 8:15 am
Filed under: August Volume 1 - 2008, International, World | Tags: , ,

By Raheemah Atif, Islamic Post Staff Writer

Unsure. Hamid Karzai has been fully cooperative with the CIA since the 1980’s, but the recent voicing of discontent by the Afghani President over the amount of civilians being killed in his country, and counter allegations of Karzai hindering drug control efforts, could just possibly indicate an end to the honeymoon.

Unsure. Hamid Karzai has been fully cooperative with the CIA since the 1980’s, but the recent voicing of discontent by the Afghani President over the amount of civilians being killed in his country, and counter allegations of Karzai hindering drug control efforts, could just possibly indicate an end to the honeymoon. (UK Daily Mail photo)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been implicated as a hindrance in the effort to control drug trafficking in the war-torn nation by his reluctance to permit the prosecution of alleged perpetrators, claims former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Schweik, who identified a dilemma more complicated than it outwardly appears.
President Karzai appears to have been stepping out of line with recent pleas for U.S. and NATO forces to reduce the civilian casualties; which assertions have become a “sore point” between the Afghan government and foreign troops, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. led forces killed 4 woman and a child earlier this month, during an incident with alleged militants.
In a New York Times interview, Schweik, who relinquished his official government post in June, elaborated on several scenarios that  present an ambiguous slant to the supposed international effort to curtail opium production in Afghanistan, and the reduction of global hard drug distribution stemming from it.
First, former ambassador Schweik was cited as refusing to mix the war on drugs with the military offensives currently in progress. Oddly, the Defense Department, and some of its NATO allies, view the proliferation issues as “someone else’s business,” he said.
Although theoretically a separate venture, the U.S. government is pouring millions of dollars into the destruction of poppy fields in Afghanistan, as with coca fields in Colombia, and hiring private contractors (who, in turn, hire locals) to destroy thousands of acres of the opium poppies. Colombia has also seen a drastic increase in coca production, despite efforts that should indicate the contrary, which complicates the scenario further.
The third point is that an alternative plan for impoverished Afghan farmers to grow poppies for the production of morphine for medicinal use has “met a stone wall at the State Department,” according to CBS news.
On his part, President Karzai predictably declared that his country has worked very hard to assist efforts to control poppy production, and conveyed his idea of success in Afghanistan’s program:  “Nobody has done as well as us in the last seven years in the field of counter-narcotics,” he told reporters, citing that his government had eradicated or greatly reduced poppy production in more than half of Afghan provinces.
Schweik acknowledged the restriction mentioned by Karzai; however, he added that though the  sites of production have been reduced, growing of the “deadly beautiful” poppies has proliferated tremendously within the areas where it is still being grown.
Legal intervention efforts have largely failed, complained Schweik, because President Karzai refuses to prosecute numerous drug lords, fearing that he will lose their political support in his upcoming bid for re-election. In this apparent quagmire, the sudden divided loyalty of Karzai seems to be the bigger issue.

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The U.S. and its allies want to create a world controlled by their satraps and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.

Its funny how Adghanistan has become the Graveyard of foreign invaders beginning with Alexander the Great. I might end as the burial ground of America’s dream of world domination.

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