August 15, 2007

Afghanistan and opium

I heard on the radio this morning that the US have a new counternarcotics strategy for Afghanistan – they’re going to pay rewards to governors for reducing poppy planting, among other measures. 90% of opium production takes place in that country, and it’s a delicious irony that the Taliban insurgency is probably mostly being funded by their enemies’ heroin addictions. Doubly ironic because the Taliban had nearly eradicated opium production by 2001.

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