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Friday, December 07, 2007

# Posted 9:20 AM by Taylor Owen  

FROM KANDAHAR TO CARNEGIE: David and I have the piece below in this morning's Toronto Star. It tries to link the supply side of the opium problem (our failing counter narcotics initiatives in Afghanistan), to our failure to address the domestic demand side of the issue. Closing Vancouver's Insite supervised injection site would be a major step backwards, both in our strategic capability to address the challenges posed by poppy production in Afghanistan, and in our moral responsibility to help our own citizens in need. The opium problem begins at home, and harm reduction is a key component of this fight.

Failed strategy connects Afghan fields, city streets

In the coming months, under the leadership of the former U.S. ambassador to Colombia, U.S. private contractors will likely attempt to fumigate poppies in Afghanistan. Around the same time, the Canadian government will decide whether to shut down the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

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"Reduces public drug use" is not reduces drug use and therefore demand for opium. Think! Shooting up in private still takes Opium.
 
$3 billion (U.S.) a year, or roughly 65 per cent of Afghan GDP.

Where the money is goes? Karzai administration? Or warlords or ma be that criminal still laughing and paling with billions OBL may be he is so where near Vancouver or Seattle?

Is same as for oil? Nigeria an example the oil now $US90/Barrel and look or go and visit that country will tell you, what about Libya, or Algeria, just wait what about metered oil from Iraq?


Government’s silence is unconscionable. Others have not been so quiet.

This rise very simple questions why? What are the reasons behind this silences and quietness?

Just to add that when Taliban in power they managed to reduce the poppies farming near zero without help ob “Chemical Bill” and as UN agencies doing their job to help states fighting poppies farming they funded projects and helps the states governments to do so, but UN never helped Taliban in that time despite Afghanistan asked for help from UN.

BTW, Iraq hiding same way there were some bits of news that poppies farming start showing in southern Iraq and there is some pays money to farmers to get rid of the Dates tree which is wide speared there to start poppies farming instead.
 
The US kicked in some anti-drug aid before 9/11, but not to the Taliban as some mockers claim. I wouldn't know what methods of enforcement or incentive were used; that is a good question.

How about this: US/NATO/UN monopoly on the opium trade. All opium/poppy crop must be sold to the authority, at an excellent price. Anybody not doing so gets burned out/sprayed/expropriated. Even if it turned into a $3bn/yr gimme, or $6bn/yr, that's cheap at the price.

Either burn the monopoly opium, or use it in manufacture of legal pharma, which in the opinion of many is too rare and expensive. Or I suppose you could use it in drug palliation of Western addicts.

Or, just legalize it, and drop the bottom out of the market, to where wheat is more lucrative than poppy. Marijuana would sell at a price like that of tobacco; cocaine, heroin probably about the price per dose of Tylenol.

Naturally, some would die. Most of these would be expendable, however. Where I think the jumpoff is is this notion that drug addicts must be protected and kept alive. Really their early demise is best for society. Ideally they would all take hotshots.

It's not like there are countless Einsteins out there in the shooting galleries. Those who are would be better off being able to buy good quality stuff, use it in the privacy of their own homes, and if possible snort or smoke or swallow it rather than injecting.

The problem with legalization is to accept the human cost. Once you're past that, you're home free. The drug syndicates would be broken, just as surely as OPEC would be broken if we could drive on seawater.
 
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