Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The West helps Afghanistan to achieve a first in "industry" ... Record production of Opium

Who says we don't help to bring "democracy" and goodwill plus enrich the population of the countries we go to uninvited?

From NYTimes:
Despite years of international effort to reel back Afghanistan’s opium culture, cultivation and production hit record levels this year, and programs to counteract them have floundered, according to a new United Nations study.
Given how central an issue the country’s growing drug economy has become — driving official corruption, helping to fund the insurgency, creating instability in neighboring countries and intensifying a domestic addiction crisis — Western diplomats and officials said in interviews that the seeming failure of the drug war in Afghanistan will weigh heavily on the legacy of the dozen-year NATO military mission as it draws to a close next year..........

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