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Bush Rpt: Report: Afghan opium a 'threat to world stability'
    #3869853 - 03/04/05 09:43 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Report: Afghan opium a 'threat to world stability'

Friday, March 4, 2005 Posted: 7:54 PM EST (0054 GMT)

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than three years after a pro-U.S. government was installed, Afghanistan has been unable to contain opium poppy production and is "on the verge of becoming a narcotics state," a presidential report said Friday.

The 2005 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) said that the area in Afghanistan devoted to poppy cultivation last year set a new record of 206,700 hectares, more than triple the figure for 2003.

The country's illicit opium/heroin production "can be viewed, for all practical purposes, as the rough equivalent of world illicit heroin production," the report said, and "it represents an enormous threat to world stability."

Afghanistan's opium production of 4,950 metric tons dwarfed that of second-place Myanmar by 17 times. Some 40-60 percent of Afghanistan's GDP is attributed to narcotics, the report found.

Opium poppy is the raw material for heroin.

The massive study, covering the illicit narcotics situation in 2004 in virtually all countries, was transmitted to Congress by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on behalf of President Bush.

Colombia remains a major drug country, the report said, despite impressive progress against narcotics trafficking.

The report credited Colombia's public security forces with preventing hundreds of tons of illicit drugs from reaching the world market through interdiction, spraying of coca and poppy crops and manual eradication.

The United States has been a major counterdrug partner of Colombia, having contributed billions of dollars to the effort since 2000.

Colombia is the source of over 90 percent of the cocaine and 50 percent of the heroin entering the U.S, the report said. It is also a leading user of precursor chemicals and the focus of significant money laundering activity.

In Afghanistan, the United States military deposed the Taliban government in November 2001, and President Hamid Karzai has been in charge since then with strong American backing.

"Dangerous security conditions make implementing counternarcotics programs difficult and present a substantial obstacle to both poppy eradication efforts by the national government and to international efforts to provide related assistance," the report said.

Also contributing to the situation is the destruction resulting from more than 25 years of conflict, the lack of legitimate income streams, and the limited enforcement capacity of the national government, the report said.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/03/04/afghan.narcotics.ap/index.html


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Re: Bush Rpt: Report: Afghan opium a 'threat to world stability' [Re: World Spirit]
    #3869858 - 03/04/05 09:46 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Damnit! I was just about to post this one too. :grin:

The US supports the warlords who are anti-Al queda, but who are also pro-opium. Is it any surprise that they have become such a poppy haven?


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Re: Bush Rpt: Report: Afghan opium a 'threat to world stability' [Re: dblaney]
    #3869899 - 03/04/05 10:01 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I think what we're seeing is this:

The United Nations along with the United States and the European Union have envisioned the future. Although there are disagreements as to how things will turn out, it appears that the strong majority agree that to have a "stable world" you have to control what people are putting into their bodies, including fungi, plants, herbs, etc.
They want us to think alike, to be alike, to behave according to a system that is NOT natural but instead is according to human dictate.

No sorrow here. This happens almost every generation...and no one ever learns.


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Re: Bush Rpt: Report: Afghan opium a 'threat to world stability' [Re: World Spirit]
    #3870043 - 03/04/05 10:31 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

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Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies.
Everything you think, do and say, is in the pill you took today.



-Zagar and Evans


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