Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What Would Nancy Reagan Say?

Despite all the medieval, wrongheaded views held by the Taliban, they accomplished one good thing: in July 2000 they banned opium, punishable by death. Needless to say, the lucrative opium crop declined. When the United States invaded Afghanistan, many warned that poppy production would make a stunning comeback. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures, and in a war-ravaged economy, illegal drugs are one of the few dependable exports.

According to the United Nations, Afghan opium production increased 60 percent this year.
The record crop yielded 6,100 tons of opium, or enough to make 610 tons of heroin -- outstripping the demand of the world's heroin users by a third, according to U.N. figures... The trade already accounts for at least 35 percent of Afghanistan's economy, financing warlords and insurgents.
Great! At a time when everyone is concerned about the scarcity and rising cost of resources like oil and natural gas, it's nice to hear we have a surplus of heroin. Lastly, here's a "duh" quote from Afghan President Hamid Karzai: "Our efforts to fight narcotics have proved inadequate."

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