If at first you don't succeed, LIE, LIE again
In an effort to justify US plans to remain indefinitely in Afghanistan, again the US peddles the flagrant lie that the Taliban supports the country's opium trade, while the US fights it.
Afghanistan's Taliban-led insurgency is likely to worsen this year as new NATO troops replace battle-hardened American forces in some areas and the government pushes ahead with an aggressive anti-drug campaign . . .What a load of shit.
Afghanistan supplies nearly 90 percent of the world's opium and heroin and some of the profits from the illicit business are believed to go to the Taliban.
The government, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. and British money, has launched a campaign to forcibly eradicate poppies in many areas - a move that is believed to have prompted armed resistance from traffickers.
The United Nations Drug Control Program says the world's biggest heroin producing country, Afghanistan, has gone out of the drug business.That explains why "[t]he British, the Dutch and the Canadians have deployed thousands of soldiers in recent months" - to re-establish the lucrative trade.
A UNDCP report to be released next month [August 2001] will say Afghanistan has completely eradicated cultivation of the opium poppy, the plant producing the resin which is refined into heroin.
"We do not grow poppies and we will not grow them. This is a Taliban edict and it must be obeyed," Sheikh Rashimi, leader of the village of Spenghagbarga, told the CBC's Patrick Brown.
Spenghagbarga is just a dusty truck stop of a village. It used to be a way station on the long journey from the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the heroin dealers on the streets of Moscow, London, New York and Vancouver.
The Taliban's ban on opium products has cost many people their livelihoods. But no one dares defy the ban.But, alas. Little facts like these don't deter the US propaganda machine. If at first they don't succeed, they just lie and lie again.
Last year Afghanistan produced almost 4,000 tonnes of opium. This year's figure is ZERO.
Bernard Frahi of the UN Drug Control Program confirms those numbers. But now, he says, Afghanistan's farmers need help.
"Since they did something that is remarkable, and deserve respect by the international community, they deserve our respect and support to help their families," he said.