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Drug Debate Fluctuates Over Afghanistan by ipinfo2
March 25, 2009, 5:55 am
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February saw a decrease in Afghanistan’s illegal production of opium.

(IP)– At a time when President Barack Obama intends to pour more troops into Afghanistan, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, called on religious leaders and the community to support the fight against poppy production while senior Defense Department spokesman, Bryan Whitman said the drug business in Afghanistan “is related to the overall security situation, and is one aspect that needs to be addressed.”
The Afghan drug economy is dependent on its poppy trade that yields enough opium from its 37 provinces to support the world financial market. Much of the heroin coming from the poppy plant is sold in Europe illegally. A problem is that the illegal drug business “does have a relationship to terrorist activities”, according to spokesman Bryan Whitman for the senior Defence Department. The Taliban disrupts the market by imposing a 10 percent charge on economic activity.
Mr Obama’s policy of more troops has opened a flood of debate on how to proceed in that country. Lyndon LaRouche accuses the President of “militarizing a hopeless war, rather than crushing the trafficking of narcotics …” The House remains divided on troop escalation and even the President’s democrats are already calling for a change in the policy.
With the decrease of drug production in February, Mr. Eide later warned that “we could face a backlash instead of further progress”, however in order to break the dependency on the opium industry, Afghanistan would need a strong agricultural program to replace the poppy fields.
British drug legalizer and alleged money launderer George Soros, is said not only to prop up the industry financially, but also runs a mass campaign against the attack on the illicit drug market. He sees the market as necessary in keeping the financial system afloat. It was George Soros’ millions that helped pass a Californian referendum to legalize marijuana, in 1996, making California the producer for one half of marijuana sold in the United States today (LPAC). Another example of his support, according to LPAC is that he gave a $50 million personal loan to Colombian financiers back in 1990. LPAC also quotes David Borden, executive director of the Soros-funded Stop The Drug War (drcnet.org), as saying last month, “Suppose the drug war magically started to work and the trade were wiped out, or people suddenly stopped using drugs. What would happen to the economy? What would happen to countries like Afghanistan or Colombia or Mexico where a lot of the money being made is in drugs and a lot of people are dependent on that money? Or in some sectors of U.S. society.”
What the public is allowed to see of this fiasco is only a scratch on the surface of what could be an international crisis no matter which way you take it. The ordinary man cannot make a connection when United States members of Congress throw their support behind legalizing drugs, but members are all too familiar with the far reaching consequences of the industry.  Many US legislators have agreed that Afghanistan’s finances are tied to drug production which is tied to Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Mr Eide of the UN took a somewhat more decisive stance: “Since this industry is so intimately linked to crime, corruption, and food insecurity, the effects [of a decrease in drug production] could be wide-ranging, and very positive,” he said.

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