Monday, September 04, 2006

War on Drugs Turns Afghanistan into Narco-State

This article, published on the 2nd of September 2006 on the website for Radio Free Europe, reveals that a senior US counter-narcotics official has warned that the state of Afghanistan risks turning into a narco-state such is the vast increase in opium production this year. This is another triumphant endorsement for the US and UK strategy in attempting to eradicate the trade. The more the West seeks to clamp down on opium production the higher the level of production becomes. Has anyone told the counter-narcotics agents that there's a worldwide shortage of morphine, a vital medicine, derived from the opium poppy?

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

I have researched the history of morphine. It was the "drug scourge" of the Civil War in this country. It prompted morphine prohibition when several thousand soldiers returned from the battlefield addicted to morphine. The "dangers of morphine" prompted the developer of Aspirin to develop a "morphine free" opiate that was called heroin. And of course, heroin addiction brought on the development of methadone.

Did someone legalize morphine in the interim? How could they forget about the soldiers returning from the bloodiest war in US history addicted to morphine [oh well, at least a few thousands of the hundreds of thousands]? Of course, now we know about Post Traumatic Stress - but that hasn't meant that we divert any more resources than back then to transition soldiers back from the horrific nature of war. When the soldiers without a supportive community [ie from lower income ghettos and barrios] self medicate we blame the drug and throw the fallen heroes in jail or forced rehab - in that order.