Re: Opium War in Afganistan - Victory ;-)
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- Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 21:41:07 -0800
On Nov 7, 9:56 am, whistler <whistler...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Nov 7, 12:33 pm, Old Tom <rascal...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
a Happpy Afgani
Cannabis replacing opium poppies in Afghanistan
KHWAJA GHOLAK, Afghanistan: Amid the multiplying frustrations of the
fight against narcotics in Afghanistan, the northern province of Balkh
has been hailed as a rare and glowing success.
Two years ago the province, which abuts Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, was
covered with opium poppies - about 11,000 hectares of them, or 27,000
acres, nearly enough to blanket Manhattan twice. This year, after an
intense anti-poppy campaign led by the governor, Balkh's farmers
abandoned the crop. The province was declared poppy free, with 12
others, and the provincial government was promised a reward of
millions of dollars in development aid.
But largely ignored in the celebration was the fact that many farmers
in Balkh simply switched from opium poppies to another illegal crop:
cannabis, the herb from which marijuana and hashish are derived.
As the Afghan and Western governments focused on the problem of
soaring Afghan opium production, which hit record levels this year and
remains a booming industry, cannabis cultivation increased 40 percent
around the country, to about 70,000 hectares this year - from about
50,000 hectares last year, the United Nations said in an August
And even though hashish is less valuable per weight than opium or
heroin, the report said, cannabis can potentially earn a farmer more
than opium poppies because it yields twice the quantity of drug per
acre and is cheaper and less labor-intensive to grow.
Best hash in the known universe. Should be a great help to American
troops, and to keeping their comanding officers from getting it in the
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there was a news article i saw on the television awhile back(i believe
it was 60 minutes) concernin the opium production in afghan...it said
the us gummit was secretly dustin poppy fieldz...what they were dustin
w is unknown...it remindz me of the regan administration'z policy
concernin the coca fieldz of central/s amerika...let'z stone 'em back
to the stone ages...what about the pereqwat pot from the 70's???
evently the afghan farmerz will have to pay uncle sam a cut of their
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