Black People : The Never Ending Dope Wars

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    An amazing irony of the history of imperialism is that the same families, groups, and brotherhoods that battled the Chinese to accept opium 200 years ago

    are now behind the fighting of a protracted war for the dominacce of opium growth in Afghanistan, restarted in September 2001, after the then Taliban, ban.


    Extraordinary Rise in Opium Prices Prompts Fear of Increased Production
    INTERVIEW: Afghan Opium Price Soars, New Planting Feared, Reuters, 12 November 2010

    EXCERPT: "Afghan opium prices are soaring, prompting fear that farmers will switch to planting poppies and reverse gains in cutting output, the head of the United Nations' Afghanistan narcotics office said. Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world's opium, used to make heroin, and prices have hit six-year highs as market speculation builds about the 2011 crop, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul, said. 'We are giving out the warning to everybody involved, that this year is not business as usual,' he told Reuters. 'We have an extraordinary situation of very high prices,' he warned, adding that higher production would result 'if we do not act accordingly'.
    Last year's opium crop was devastated by a poppy fungus that cut production by 48 percent, to 3,600 tonnes, driving prices higher, according to U.N. figures. Opium production is centred in southern and western provinces, especially the Taliban strongholds of Helmand and Kandahar, and helps fund the insurgency.

    Opium was selling in September for an average of $207 a kg in Afghanistan, a 165 percent increase from the year before and up 3 percent from August, Lemahieu said.


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    U.S. Forces Likely to Stay in Afghanistan After NATO’s 2014 Deadline

    Over the weekend, NATO nations signed an agreement to start turning over Afghanistan’s security to its military next year and to give local forces full control by 2014. Despite the 2014 deadline, President Obama acknowledged U.S. troops will likely remain in Afghanistan for many more years

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    The first Opium wars

    From 1715, when the British East India Company opened up its first Far East office in the Chinese port city of Canton, it has been official British Crown policy to foster mass-scale drug addiction against targeted foreign populations in order to impose a state of enforced backwardness and degradation, thereby maintaining British political control and looting rights. While the methods through which the British have conducted this Opium War policy have shifted over the intervening 250 years, the commitment to the proliferation of mind-destroying drugs has been unswerving.

    exerpt from "Dope Inc."
     
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    Opium had a great importance as a natural resource for the oligaches interests


    this is an exerpt of an article from noted professor, Alfred McCoy, author of "The Politics of Heroin"


    Throughout the forty years of the Cold War, the CIA joined with urban gangsters and rural warlords, many of them major drug dealers, to mount covert operations against communists around the globe. In one of history's accidents, the Iron Curtain fell along the border of the Asian opium zone, which stretches across 5,000 miles of mountains from Turkey to Thailand. In Burma during the 1950s, in Laos during the 1970s, and in Afghanistan during the 1980s, the CIA allied with highland warlords to mobilize tribal armies against the Soviet Union and China.
    In each of these covert wars, Agency assets-local informants-used their alliance with the CIA to become major drug lords, expanding local opium production and shipping heroin to international markets, the United States included. Instead of stopping this drug dealing, the Agency tolerated it and, when necessary, blocked investigations. Since ruthless drug lords made effective anti-communist allies and opium amplified their power, CIA agents mounting delicate operations on their own, half a world from home, had no reason to complain. For the drug lords, it was an ideal arrangement. The CIA's major covert operations-often lasting a decade-provided them with de facto immunity within enforcement-free zones.

    In Laos in the 1960s, the CIA battled local communists with a secret army of 30,000 Hmong-a tough highland tribe whose only cash crop was opium. A handful of CIA agents relied on tribal leaders to provide troops and Lao generals to protect their cover. When Hmong officers loaded opium on the ClA's proprietary carrier Air America, the Agency did nothing. And when the Lao army's commander, General Ouane Rattikone, opened what was probably the world's largest heroin laboratory, the Agency again failed to act.
    "The past involvement of many of these officers in drugs is well known," the ClA's Inspector General said in a still-classified 1972 report, "yet their goodwill . . . considerably facilitates the military activities of Agency-supported irregulars."
    Indeed, the CIA had a detailed knowledge of drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle-that remote, rugged corner of Southeast Asia where Burma, Thailand, and Laos converge. In June 1971, The New York Times published extracts from an other CIA report identifying twenty-one opium refineries in the Golden Triangle and stating that the "most important are located in the areas around Tachilek, Burma; Ban Houei Sai and Nam Keung in Laos; and Mae Salong in Thailand." Three of these areas were controlled by CIA allies: Nam Keung by the chief of CIA mercenaries for northwestern Laos; Ban Houei Sai by the commander of the Royal Lao Army; and Mae Salong by the Nationalist Chinese forces who had fought for the Agency in Burma.
    The CIA stated that the Ban Houei Sai laboratory, which was owned by General Ouane, was ' believed capable of processing 100 kilos of raw opium per day," or 3.6 tons of heroin a year-a vast output considering the total yearly U.S. consumption of heroin was then less than ten tons.
    By 1971, 34 percent of all U.S. soldiers in South Vietnam were heroin addicts, according to a White House survey. There were more American heroin addicts in South Vietnam than in the entire United States-largely supplied from heroin laboratories operated by CIA allies, though the
    White House failed to acknowledge that unpleasant fact. Since there was no indigenous local market, Asian drug lords started shipping Golden Triangle heroin not consumed by the GIs to the United States, where it soon won a significant share of the illicit market.


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    This war is huge and the traffic of drugs will never end
     
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    In July 2000, however, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar suddenly ordered a ban on all opium cultivation in a desperate bid for international recognition. Remarkably enough, almost overnight the Taliban regime used the ruthless repression for which it was infamous to slash the opium harvest by 94% to only 185 metric tons.

    By then, however, Afghanistan had become dependent on poppy production for most of its taxes, export income, and employment. In effect, the Taliban's ban was an act of economic suicide that brought an already weakened society to the brink of collapse. This was the unwitting weapon the U.S. wielded when it began its military campaign against the Taliban in October 2001.



    Without opium, the regime was already a hollow shell and essentially imploded at the bursting of the first American bombs.





    The Return of the CIA, Opium, and Counterinsurgency - 2001-

    To defeat the Taliban in the aftermath of 9/11, the CIA successfully mobilized former warlords long active in the heroin trade to seize towns and cities across eastern Afghanistan. In other words, the Agency and its local allies created ideal conditions for reversing the Taliban's opium ban and reviving the drug traffic.


    Only weeks after the collapse of the Taliban, officials were reporting an outburst of poppy planting in the heroin-heartlands of Helmand and Nangarhar. At a Tokyo international donors' conference in January 2002, Hamid Karzai, the new Prime Minister put in place by the Bush administration, issued a pro forma ban on opium growing - without any means of enforcing it against the power of these resurgent local warlords.

    After investing some three billion dollars in Afghanistan's destruction during the Cold War, Washington and its allies now proved parsimonious in the reconstruction funds they offered. At that 2002 Tokyo conference, international donors promised just four billion dollars of an estimated $10 billion needed to rebuild the economy over the next five years.



    In addition, the total U.S. spending of $22 billion for Afghanistan from 2003 to 2007 turned out to be skewed sharply toward military operations, leaving, for instance, just $237 million for agriculture. (And as in Iraq, significant sums from what reconstruction funds were available simply went into the pockets of Western experts, private contractors, and their local counterparts.)

    Under these circumstances, no one should have been surprised when, during the first year of the U.S. occupation, Afghanistan's opium harvest surged to 3,400 tons.

    Over the next five years, international donors would contribute $8 billion to rebuild Afghanistan, while opium would infuse nearly twice that amount, $14 billion, directly into the rural economy without any deductions by either those Western experts or Kabul's bloated bureaucracy.

    While opium production continued its relentless rise, the Bush administration downplayed the problem, outsourcing narcotics control to Great Britain and police training to Germany. As the lead agency in Allied operations, Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department regarded opium as a distraction from its main mission of defeating the Taliban (and, of course, invading Iraq).



    Waving away the problem in late 2004, President Bush said he did not want to,

    "waste another American life on a narco-state.''

    Meanwhile, in their counterinsurgency operations, U.S. forces worked closely with local warlords who proved to be leading druglords.

    After five years of the U.S. occupation, Afghanistan's drug production had swelled to unprecedented proportions. In August 2007, the U.N. reported that the country's record opium crop covered almost 500,000 acres, an area larger than all the coca fields in Latin America. From a modest 185 tons at the start of American intervention in 2001, Afghanistan now produced 8,200 tons of opium, a remarkable 53% of the country's GDP and 93% of global heroin supply.
    In this way, Afghanistan became the world's first true "narco-state." If a cocaine traffic that provided just 3% of Colombia's GDP could bring in its wake endless violence and powerful cartels capable of corrupting that country's government, then we can only imagine the consequences of Afghanistan's dependence on opium for more than 50% of its entire economy.



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    In ways that have escaped most observers, the Obama administration is now trapped in an endless cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan from which there is neither an easy end nor an obvious exit.

    After a year of cautious debate and costly deployments, President Obama finally launched his new Afghan war strategy at 2:40 am on February 13, 2010, in a remote market town called Marja in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province.



    As a wave of helicopters descended on Marja's outskirts spitting up clouds of dust, hundreds of U.S. Marines dashed through fields sprouting opium poppies toward the town's mud-walled compounds.



    After a week of fighting, U.S. war commander General Stanley A. McChrystal choppered into town with Afghanistan's vice-president and Helmand's provincial governor.



    Their mission: a media roll-out for the general's new-look counterinsurgency strategy based on bringing government to remote villages just like Marja.

    At a carefully staged meet-and-greet with some 200 villagers, however, the vice-president and provincial governor faced some unexpected, unscripted anger.

    "If they come with tractors," one Afghani widow announced to a chorus of supportive shouts from her fellow farmers, "they will have to roll over me and kill me before they can kill my poppy."

    For these poppy growers and thousands more like them, the return of government control, however contested, brought with it a perilous threat: opium eradication.

    Throughout all the shooting and shouting, American commanders seemed strangely unaware that Marja might qualify as the world's heroin capital - with hundreds of laboratories, reputedly hidden inside the area's mud-brick houses, regularly processing the local poppy crop into high-grade heroin. After all, the surrounding fields of Helmand Province produce a remarkable 40% of the world's illicit opium supply, and much of this harvest has been traded in Marja.



    Rushing through those opium fields to attack the Taliban on day one of this offensive, the Marines missed their real enemy, the ultimate force behind the Taliban insurgency, as they pursued just the latest crop of peasant guerrillas whose guns and wages are funded by those poppy plants.

    "You can't win this war," said one U.S. Embassy official just back from inspecting these opium districts, "without taking on drug production in Helmand Province."

    Indeed, as Air Force One headed for Kabul Sunday, National Security Adviser James L. Jones assured reporters that President Obama would try to persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to prioritize,

    "battling corruption, taking the fight to the narco-traffickers." The drug trade, he added, "provides a lot of the economic engine for the insurgents."

    Just as these Marja farmers spoiled General McChrystal's media event, so their crop has subverted every regime that has tried to rule Afghanistan for the past 30 years.

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    this sounds just like right here in the "good ole you ess of aye" ...

    i often wonder "who" is buying up the columbian cartels' produce since we don't hear much about that particular theater of war anymore. most often this "wonder" is while not-experiencing the cocaine high that rock used to have. (yes, that follows; try thinking critically for just a second - how's anybody gonna fix anything if they don't know anything about why the problem continues?)

    the "buzz" of today's stuff ain't the same and i gotta give the chemists props for coming up with a chemical mix that makes folks act like they do behind today's mess. (and the small minds will go the wrong way with this ... of course ... smh)

    like the underlining says: feed 'em some crap and keep them off-balance so that they can't pull together and get rid of the plutocrats ... course, the same thing works with a flood of "really cool" consumer gadgets designed to break too quickly, silly media and flashy junk bling ... not to mention the flood of "social[ly engineered] networks" that folks spend all sorts of time in while their computer is getting raped and all their "personal information" is getting mined ... but, hey; everybody seems to wants a suit just like "the emperor's new clothes" ... and still nobody wants to listen to "chicken little". but "we done made progress" cuz we can aspire to the highest paying jobs ... aspire all we want, but get them jobs? and getting them, discover that those "ceilings" still exist. aspire to "overseer" all you want; you are still the paymasters' masters' slaves!

     
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    military bases have been planned to be set up in Columbia, which also has opium poppy production and heroin refineries since the 60s as Thailand is producing top quality Coca leaf, and has
    local cocaine refineries, for the past 8 years.

    There are things that create mental addictions

    but there are carbon compounds tha create cellular addiction.
    The compounds in heroin act like a cats claw or fish hook to the neuron system.
    As long as the "hook" is in, there is no pain
    however when trying to remove it, well ever try to rip a fish hook out of ones finger?
    Imagine that effect on the entire body.

    Crack, has the capacity to literaly damage the soul, totaly transforming a person, into their and their families worst nightmare, with all morals, values, ethics, and love
    destroyed

    until recovery.

    Codex Alimentarius is the epitome of the Corporate Oligarchal concept of what is legal and what is not.

    Laetrile, and Ibogaine possesion in the United States has a greater penalty then the same amount of herion or cocaine rock or powder


    laetrile , asssits in the remediation of cancer,

    and Ibrogaine has been proven to reverse, cigarette, alcohol, cocaine and heroin addiction

    in only one nurse administered dose.
     
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