How Opium Greed Is Keeping US Troops in Afghanistan | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin takes a look at a shocking statistic that puts opium production in Afghanistan at a record high, and puts into perspective the different corporate interests that could be keeping US forces in Afghanistan well beyond 2014.

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14 Comments on "How Opium Greed Is Keeping US Troops in Afghanistan | Brainwash Update"

  1. Simiantongue | Nov 16, 2013 at 3:18 am |

    One small correction. Heroin is not the deadliest drug on the planet, tobacco is. That is if you reckon it by how many people actually die from it.

    • Ted Heistman | Nov 16, 2013 at 9:19 am |

      Is it Tobacco or cigarettes that are the problem? I smoke the occasional cigar and I am not addicted, plus Tobacco is a sacred herb.

      • Aren’t there many sacred things that kill?

      • Jin The Ninja | Nov 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm |

        i doubt the avg smoker even knows the history of tobacco much less knows how to burn it with
        cedar/sage and sweet grass to purify the self and speak to the creator.

        • Ted Heistman | Nov 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

          I find a good cigar to be mood altering in a good way. I think it promotes creativity.

          • Jin The Ninja | Nov 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

            i smoke djarums personally. sometimes i leave them as an altar offering, but mostly it’s a profane and self-gratifying leisurely activity.

      • Simiantongue | Nov 18, 2013 at 10:26 am |

        It’s tobacco. Doesn’t matter if you roll it, chew it or stick it in a pipe.

        Of course cigarettes are far worse for you with the additives. Tobacco is bad enough. Taken in moderation it’s bad, when addiction spirals out of control your chances of health related problems increase with use.

        Even if it’s the purest South Farthing leaf. As for being sacred, David Hasselhoff is sacred in some cultures.

    • Rhoid Rager | Nov 16, 2013 at 9:31 am |

      Alcohol must be a close second.

    • You are correct in that.. While Heroin is very addictive, its actually not that bad for you. The liver damage is usually caused by the unregulated processing of the drug. Overdoses are due to the lack of regulation in the doses. Most of the damage caused by a heroin addiction isn’t due to the heroin itself, but the lifestyle one must live order to feed their addiction.

      Your average functioning heroin addict spends about 80 dollars a day on their drug habit. This cost could be pennies and affordable if they just decriminalized it. People think that if you decriminalized heroin that you would have a bunch of drugged out dope heads stumbling around everywhere. Actually you would probably see an uptick in production at the work place and a sudden drop in “Sick days”.

      People’s perspective on drugs seems to be formed by the propaganda that is fed to you on TV. I think the funniest thing I have ever seen is an Oxycontin addict calling a heroin addict a junkie. America is full of junkies! Chances are at your place of employement, atleast 2-6 people are opiate addicts. Yet you wouldn’t guess. The only time you see a heroin addict down and out is when they are sick because they can’t afford the artifically high priced drug. Opiate addiction is a bit different then other addictions. Because its something that never leaves you. How could it? After you discoverd a way to feel the best you have ever felt ever in your life.. its hard to turn your back on that feeling. Especially when the sober life around you is going to hell in a handbasket faster then you can say, “Can I have a bundle?”

      Listen, lets stop being children here.. Our drugs laws and the propaganda feeding us a false image of a heroin addict is for one reason, and one reason one. It’s too keep the the Suboxone doctors in business, and the jails filled with non-violent offenders.

      My ex-roommate just got thrown back into jail for a parole violation. The man has spent a majority of his adult life behind bars for doing what. Selling heroin to a customer base that wants it.

      The sooner we all grow up, the sooner sanity will preveil.

      Thanks for listening.

      • you sound like many of the addicts I know who try to justify their drug of choice. heroin is a very individualistic and greedy drug. a user’s empathy atrophies when they focus so hard on their own bliss, often at the detriment of their friends and families bliss. do I think it should be illegal? no. but should it be socially acceptable, too? definitely not. if heroin could be used occasionally and were less addictive and withdrawals less painful, it wouldn’t be so bad.
        that said, there is a lovely tree that grows in Thailand and produces leaves that do just that. gives a nice opiate-like high, with mild addiction and almost non-existent withdrawal symptoms.(although in high long term doses the withdrawals are definitely there)

        • Hermesacat | Dec 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm |

          I’m not of the camp that likes to claim cannabis (or opiates) are misunderstood wonder drugs that have only benign & beneficial effects on all users. As one example, chronic use of opiates over years can result in a somewhat stunted emotional life. One may not even realize it till one kicks & gets all ones emotional sensitivities back again. I am of the camp though that says all popular illicit substances should again be made legal just as the were 100 years ago. Especially considering that illicit drugs, though not harmless, are far less harmful to users than are our legal substances, tobacco, booze, & even junk food. It’s irrational to tolerate one set of deadly substances while unjustly demonizing & criminalizing another set of far less deadly ones & their persecuted users.

      • Ming the Merciless | Dec 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm |

        Just look where the dopers are numerous…it is a sewer:,Afghanistan, the US south west where the hippie filth live, the beaners’ barrios and the black hoods…i.e, Detroit…etc…So, Defahl, you said your piece, now go back to your shithouse!

  2. Hermesacat | Dec 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm |

    [I wrote this in YT comments at the upload, & am glad to see others here have already written posts in a similar vein].
    Aside from her U.S. gov’t comments, the narrator is doing some seriously
    irresponsible fear mongering re. the drug heroin. It’s completely
    inaccurate & irresponsible to term heroin “the deadliest drug on the
    planet”. Get serious.That’s the kind of disinformation that helps
    perpetuate a failed war on drugs. The most damaging & deadly popular
    substances BY FAR are legal ones, tobacco, alcohol, & even junk
    food causing obesity-related deadly diseases, diseases heroin does not
    cause. Unlike those 3 legal substances, heroin, properly & hygienically dosed, does ZERO damage to the body. Yes, it’s addictive – just like many legal substances. So, so what? That’s no reason to hypocritically outlaw it while tolerating far more deadly legal substances.
    It’s prohibition that heightens OD risk due to uncertainty of dosage of
    unregulated, black market drugs. Stop the irrational, unjust,
    counter-productive war on drugs, & all the hypocritical, mendacious
    fear-mongering accompanying it.

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