August 25, 2005

THE AXIS OF GOOD MAKES FOR UNUSUAL ALLIES:

Colombia helps Afghanistan wage drug war (Rowan Scarborough, August 25, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Colombia and Afghanistan are becoming counterdrug allies.

Colombia has begun exporting counternarcotics know-how to Afghanistan in a bid to stem that country's record heroin production, which, in turn, bankrolls al Qaeda.

Much of the emphasis will be on Colombia's teaching the Afghans how to find and attack drug labs. Bogota yesterday re-established diplomatic ties with Kabul.

The two countries were brought together in the drug wars by House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican. He sent a letter in February to the chief of Colombia's national police, announcing the arrival of congressional staffers in Bogota to start planning an Afghan-Colombian alliance.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2005 8:54 AM
Comments

Colombia's outreach to Afghanistan to stem opium production is an obvious task for the United Nations to take on (the World Health Organization, for example).

UN diplomats, however, were too engaged in schmoozing at cocktail parties on the Hudson to bother with it. I hate paying taxes that go to a useless UN.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at August 25, 2005 10:12 AM

I'm trying to decide if this is a joke or not. We're sending the Colombians to Afghanistan to teach them how to find and destroy drug labs? My guess is that in both countries it's easy to find and destroy the labs. It's just hard to find cops that haven't been bought off.

Posted by: Steven at August 25, 2005 4:06 PM
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