US & Afghan Forces Are the World’s Largest Drug Cartel

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 in Featured Articles, Police, Military, & War

Source:  CNN

Hayden’s Note:

I’ll just get right to the point.  The US Military and the Afghan Military are conducting a joint operation and are planning a major offensive in a small town.  They say some Taliban members are holding out in the area and plan to engage in a serious firefight.  The Afghan Military dropped some leaflets in the region to warn civilians to take cover.

Then, about half-way through the article, CNN mentions (in one small paragraph) that the region has some of the most fertile soil around and grows poppies with ease.  They warn that opium sales from the poppies fund the Taliban and that to eradicate the Taliban, we should kill them all and take control of their poppy fields.

But time after time, we see articles and reports of NATO troops, Afghan troops and even American troops guarding opium plants, poppy fields and chatting it up with those working the fields.  In my opinion, this is yet another attempt to seize a major narcotics operation and gain control of more opium.  This is one massive, multi-national drug cartel fighting the native drug cartel for territory and product.  This exact scenario is played out a dozen times a week in South America and Mexico, except there, the cartels don’t drop leaflets announcing their attack.  That is the ONLY difference.  Well, that and Predator Drones aren’t used.

You can forget oil.  Construction contracts (KBR, Halliburton, etc), weapon sales (Boeing, Raytheon, etc) and narcotics trafficking (who knows who is the main beneficiary for that!?) is the reason we are there.

If the US and NATO TRULY wanted to rid the Taliban of their supposed revenue source (other than DoD funding) – which is opium – then after rooting out the few Taliban that remain, they would firebomb the fields and then salt the region.  They would call upon Monsanto or DuPont to design a chemical similar to Round-Up to saturate the soil with.  Although I am a strong opponent of GMOs and chemicals, could they not design one that would kill poppy seeds without effecting other agriculture?  Sure they could (regular Monsanto arguments need not apply at the moment, I’m well aware of them) !

Of all the technology that flourishes in the world – stopping opium growth and sales is a very easy task, especially during a “war” when normal regulations, grievances, etc are not heeded.  Thus, I can only conclude that the military does not want the poppy fields to stop producing.  Why is that?  Hmmmm.

(CNN) – Afghan and international forces gearing up for a major offensive in Helmand province dropped leaflets Friday warning people not to give shelter to the Taliban.

Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman of Helmand province, said the leaflets fell in and around the city of Marjah — a Taliban stronghold.

“Do not allow the Taliban to enter your home,” the leaflet said, according to Ahmadi.

The push on Marjah is touted as the largest of the eight-year-old conflict, and commanders want to oust militants and are planning for tough urban warfare in a rugged area expected to be filled with roadside bombs and booby-trapped houses.

“I think some of our units will go into some very heavy contact and I think some of our units will have less contact. We don’t know,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson told American and Afghan forces at Firebase Fiddler’s Green earlier this week.

“All I know is that we have done everything we can to prepare, and on the eve of this operation, I think we’re ready.”

For days, the military has publicized what they call the imminent start of Operation Mushtarak, the Dari word for Together. But commanders have not yet said the push has begun, and that is expected to keep the pressure on fighters in what is being called the last major Taliban presence in Helmand.

Troops also want to confront the region’s drug trafficking in Helmand, a major source of opium.

Marjah is surrounded by fertile land where poppies grow easily, and the Afghan government’s limited presence allows the drug trade to flourish. The production of opium helps finance the Taliban, the Islamic militia that controlled most of Afghanistan before the U.S. invasion in 2001.

The goal is to separate the Taliban fighters from the rest of Marjah’s roughly 80,000 to 100,000 people, establish security and gain the trust of the remaining population — the key objectives of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

“The population is looking for you, and the enemy is not the population,” Nicholson told the Marines and Afghan troops. “But we do have an enemy that will try to hide in that population. That’s why we’ve got to be very careful, and we’ve got to be very disciplined, and you’ve got to be very accurate.”

The planned offensive is also said to have the largest Afghan National Army presence of any to date.

Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohiyiden Ghori joined Nicholson on his tour of bases in the region Tuesday, telling Americans that U.S. engineers and contractors helped build much of the province’s infrastructure in the mid-20th century.

“Your forefathers built Helmand. They built Marjah,” he said. “Americans built Marjah, and these terrorists destroyed the roads your forefathers built.”

One of the reasons the offensive is being well-advertised is to lessen the civilian casualties. The deaths and injuries of innocents have undermined the grass-roots credibility of the international troops. The military is hoping people can hunker down somewhere safe before the fight begins and not get caught in the crossfire.

“Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the residents during the operation,” the NATO command in Kabul said

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