Pubdate: Thu, 15 Nov 2007
Source: Eugene Weekly (OR)
Copyright: 2007 Eugene Weekly
Author: Robert Simms
Bookmark: (Heroin)


In 2000, Afghanistan's production of the global opium/heroin supply 
was 70 percent. In 2005, it was 87 percent; in 2006, 92 percent.

This steady increase in annual poppy harvests has occurred despite 
the country's occupation by U.S. military and coalition forces since 
2001. In fact, these harvests can be seen as a direct result of U.S. 
intelligence agencies overseeing the distribution routes for this 
very lucrative crop. For examples of complicity, read "Who Benefits 
from the Afghan Opium Trade?" by Michel Chossudovsky, Gary Webb's 
book Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine 
Explosion and Deep Cover by Mike Levine.

Millions of drug users have been locked up and billions of taxpayer 
dollars spent, yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide are still 
heroin dependent, with over one million users residing in the U.S.

Why has the War on Drugs failed so miserably? Looking under its 
surface, this war was never meant to be won. It was created as a cash 
cow -- with myriad government agencies and their corporate partners 
milking its never-ending wealth of subsidies.

During the 1960s and '70s, most of the world's heroin supply 
originated in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. In the 1990s, 
the majority of heroin seized in the U.S. came from South America. In 
this century, military forces and U.S. intelligence agencies have 
relocated once again to produce this year's glaring statistic: In 
2007, Afghanistan supplied 95 percent of the world's heroin.

Robert Simms

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