Thursday, November 17, 2005

opium poppy day ?

i see a lot of people on television wearing poppies in
their buttonholes. i presume this is to indicate support
for the afghan opium trade, which constitutes over 50%
of the country's g d p and, after a serious decline under
the taliban, is now thriving again ? the opium poppy farmer
were rescued by british and american subsidies and
encouragement to the many afghan farm families involved
in the business (30 percent of families ?). they now seek
ways to legalise the trade, making excuses that seem pretty
thin . . .

basically the drug business is big in afghanistan and big
in the world of money laundering and offshore banking,
and geopolitics was always a dirty business . . .


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