Afghanistan Opium Crops at All-Time High Despite Western Intervention

indexThe opium trade is alive and well in Afghanistan, despite the efforts of Western nations to control it – At least according to NPR. I’m not especially convinced that the United States is doing much to control opium, and I don’t think it wants to.

Via NPR:

The amount of land under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at a record high, released Wednesday.

Opium production in 2013, meanwhile, rose 49 percent over 2012, according to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey. The country is the world’s No. 1 poppy producer.

The report’s findings come as Western troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014 more than a decade after they deposed the Taliban and attempted to bring stability to the country.

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  • drokhole
    • Rhoid Rager

      Kind of makes one re-consider the definition of ‘despite’.

  • Calypso_1

    Kind of like the spy in the dufflebag story.

    • Rhoid Rager

      Nicely packaged.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Shocked. SHOCKED! Etc.

  • Juan

    The bastards (US Empire) are runnining the fucking drugs. They control heroin in Asia and cocaine in South America.

    • Cortacespedes

      Just like the British before them, with their opium trafficking.

      • Juan

        Exactly, one mafia simply replaced the other. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

        • emperorreagan

          The only higher profit margin business is running the war itself.

          • Juan

            Wich, of course, they are also doing.

      • John Defahl

        The part they elites won’t tell you is that we, the US, are probably still secretely ran by the crown. Remember, a lot of the money that bank rolled out revolution came from the Dutch East India company I believe.

  • Rhoid Rager

    “All-Time High”!!! I get it!

  • InfvoCuernos

    “Despite” lol. Somewhere in DC, they’re calling it a success.

  • Reasor

    Depending on one’s agenda, this could also be spun as a sign that the U.S. is less ruthless about micromanaging the autonomy of farmers in the region… or as a sign that the U.S. is simply less capable of controlling the region than the Taliban were.

  • AManCalledDa-da

    You mean, “Thanks to Western Intervention…”

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Where is the OFF switch for the U.S. Gov’t and its central bank handlers? Oh, never mind. They already hit it.

  • DeepCough

    “Mission Accomplished.”

  • jnana

    its suspected one reason terrorists spread opium is to demoralize populations they wish to conquer.

    • Jin The Ninja

      the problem is that the word “terrorist” denotes a foreign other, not the actual (neo) imperialist nation states of the western world who engage in this kind of warfare.

  • Cocomaan

    I predict that we will eventually find out the government was running drugs during this period.

    • Aipeed Teaitchse

      It’s no secret. Don’t hold your breath for the people involved to come out and make a statement to the press about it, but they know everybody knows, and they also know there’s pretty much nothing anyone can do to stop them.

      • Cocomaan

        I expect we’ll find out through a leak momentarily or a FOIA 30 years from now.

        • Guest

          you really need to wait 30 years to figure it out?
          check out alfred w. mccoy, michael ruppert, or just do a search for heroin on and see what you find.

        • Aipeed Teaitchse

          you really need to wait 30 years to figure it out?
          check out alfred w. mccoy, michael ruppert, or gary webb, or just do a search for H on the globalresearch site and see what you find out.

          • Cocomaan

            Love globalresearch, not saying I myself need 30 years, but a great number of people will not admit it is happening until they see the stamped document.

  • Calypso_1

    It’s not like the alkaloids are grown in a test tube.

  • Aipeed Teaitchse

    Most people seem outraged about the wrong aspect of this story. Opium and it’s derivatives should just be legal. End all the bullshit. People want it and have been doing it for thousands of years – only in the past century has there been a negative stigma associated with any of it. Afghanistan could have a legitimate economy and a stable government and we could get the hell out of there. But that’s the opposite of what our leaders want so they’ll continue doing the opposite of what should be done as they present themselves as wise and fearless while the bewilderment of the herd continues.

    • Woobniggurath

      I would say the 18th and 19th century Chinese had a pretty negative stigma associated with opium.

      • Aipeed Teaitchse

        I figured someone would bring that up and knew I should have qualified the statement to say “in America” but you can’t edit posts so I just left it alone. Good catch nevertheless. But for what it’s worth and in the interest of historical accuracy, the main reason Americans began giving opium a negative connotation, which eventually led to its prohibition (like cannabis) was based on racist sentiments and not genuine health concerns. In fact it was considered a medicinal wonder not only in American medical texts, but across the ages in pretty much all the important medical texts throughout history – indeed it’s the oldest substance recorded to have medicinal value if you look all the way back to the Sumerians.

  • Woobniggurath

    I was going to ask “Why don’t NATO nations just buy up the production at a good price to undercut the black trade?” …but I guess everyone else already answered that.

  • Cold_Drake_80

    Our government has a long, long history of working with and supporting the illegal drug trade. It’s a great, low risk, high profit way to finance whatever dirty war or illegal operation they want. Also does anyone really think the high ups in intelligence circles aren’t taking drug money for themselves?