Quote: Originally Posted by Stretch
when the taliban was in power, they banned the growing of poppies...the farmers still survived...but the loss of supply of heroin cost those in the us heaps, much easier to go in and "get rid of" the taliban thus reinstating the supply.........
I seriously doubt there is any significant connection between the reasons for US occupation of Afghanistan and the US drug trade. That is even more preposterous than the idea that the US invaded to stop the ominous threat of international terrorism. (The mission is now officially for humanitarian reasons, which is only slightly less preposterous.)
Peasants turned to opium production not out of choice but out of desperation. Much of the already fragile farming economy has been devastated by the war. Both warlords and the Taliban are profiting from this (i.e. both US allies and enemies).
The two main reasons why they US has cut back on their attack on opium production:
1. Afghan allies have a very large stake in the trade.
2. Afghan peasants now have no other alternative to starvation; a direct
result of the US invasion.
The US's previous crackdown was clearly to remove a Taliban source of income. But the main beneficiaries of the drug trade are US allies. The contradiction is clear. Combine that with an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis caused by this war and the reasoning behind US behaviour in this matter should be pretty clear.
Unless the US wants to create a massive problem for itself in Afghanistan, the present course of action is the only course of action (as far as US interests are concerned).
One solution posed has been for the UN to buy up production from poppy farmers (thus in effect keeping them alive using their own economy, rather than food aid that has negative economic effects and is very costly to the supplier); this would cut off income to the Taliban, among others.
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJack
The logo on the cop's shirt sleeve says "NEW WORLD POLICE".
Sounds suspiciously like a force sanctioned by the United Nations.
No, it's just a not-so-clever play on the term, "new world order" (the Bush era slogan that never seems to go away). Nothing to do with the UN...unless you're into the whole Illuminati-run UN conspiracy to create a NWO in conjunction with something having to do with aliens.
As for the article. Meh, overt barbarism does occasionally happen in the US as in other supposedly civilized countries (this one included--see your friendly neighbourhood RCMP), but afaik it's not the norm except in really backward areas of the US, so there's really not much conspiracy here...unless the cops don't get charged, which I doubt would happen given the overwhelming evidence against them (unless Chicago's law enforcement system has done a free-fall back to the days of Capone).