May 15, 2005


Afghanistan's new jihad targets poppy production: A US, European, and Afghan initiative has cleared 80 percent of the opium plants from one province (Scott Baldauf, 5/16/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

Last year at this time, the southeastern Afghan province of Nangrahar was covered with pink and white poppies, producing a quarter of the nation's opium crop. This year, after President Hamid Karzai announced a jihad or holy war against drugs, Nangrahar is almost 80 percent free of poppies.

Doing his small part, one Afghan businessman is selling an antiopium action movie "Black Poison" on DVD in Nangrahar. The locally made film combines romance, gunfire, and a message on the dangers of the drug trade.

Taken as a whole, the province is a model of what can be achieved here.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2005 6:42 PM

I thought they finally bioengineered it for medicial purposes.

I remember thinking there's their new crop, if the drug companies could make it profitable, which in that part of the world it seems the cost would be nominal.

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 15, 2005 6:49 PM

"romance, gunfire, and a message on the dangers of the drug trade."
They've caught up with Hollywood in 3 years.

Posted by: Tom at May 15, 2005 6:55 PM

Good God! Don't they have "Freedom to Farm" in Afghanistan?
The solution to drug use is simple. Instead of murdering Afghan and South American peasants, just line up 100 American coke snorting yuppies against a wall and shoot them. The drug "problem" will disappear overnight.

Posted by: Bartelson at May 15, 2005 10:26 PM


Since a lot of junkies are slowly killing themselves anyway, I'm not sure that executions would have the desired effect.

Anyway, once we start killing people for ordinary crimes, why stop with drug use ?

Why start with drug use ?
Child abusers and drunk drivers would seem a better use of bullets.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at May 15, 2005 10:41 PM

Mr. Herdegen;

On the other hand, he did say "yuppies".

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 15, 2005 11:18 PM

America's drug problem is America's, not Colombia's or Afghanistan's. If Americans see it as such a huge problem, and given our behavior I sincerely doubt we do, we could kill every addict as they did in the PRC. We could kill every drug dealer as they do in Malaysia and Singapore.

But if there is one thing we do, far more than flushing the wad of toilet paper that is the Koran down the crapper, that pisses off ordinary folks in foreign countries, it is using our military and economic power to force them to not grow the crops they wish.

Posted by: bart at May 16, 2005 8:08 AM

Michael Herdegen:

Child abuse is often the result of drug use and drugged driving is as bad if not worse than drunk driving. So, why not start with drug users?

Posted by: Vince at May 16, 2005 7:57 PM


You are saying that because some child abusers do drugs, and some drug abusers harm children, we should focus on drug use, and not child abuse.

I believe that you can see the absurdity of that position.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at May 17, 2005 8:01 PM

Michael Herdegen:

Who said anything about not focusing on child abuse? Focusing on the drug problem kills many birds with one stone.

Posted by: Vince at May 17, 2005 9:12 PM

Well, I guess that you can't see the absurdity of your position.

Simply put, if all drug use ended tomorrow, there would still be drunk drivers and child abusers.
Get it ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at May 18, 2005 2:14 AM