The opium trade now constitutes 40 per cent of the entire economy of Afghanistan. This is the highest harvest of opium the world as ever seen. But there is now more than just raw opium produced there.
In fact, Afghanistan no longer exports much raw opium at all. It now exports not opium, but heroin. Opium is converted into heroin on an industrial scale, not in kitchens but in factories. Millions of gallons of the chemicals needed for this process are shipped into Afghanistan by tanker. The tankers and bulk opium lorries on the way to the factories share the roads, improved by American aid, with NATO troops.
Our soldiers are in effect helping facilitate the distribution of opium. This leads me to ask these two questions: Are Canadian troops in Afghanistan in fact supporting the global heroin trade so that more people in my city of Brampton can become addicts? Is the Harper government complicit in the heroin business?
For the full story, read “Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time” — by Craig Murray, in the Daily Mail [UK]
In case any readers wonder about the veracity of Craig Murray’s information, here’s a bit about his background:
“My knowledge of all this comes from my time as British Ambassador in neighbouring Uzbekistan from 2002 until 2004. I stood at the Friendship Bridge at Termez in 2003 and watched the Jeeps with blacked-out windows bringing the heroin through from Afghanistan, en route to Europe.
I watched the tankers of chemicals roaring into Afghanistan.
Yet I could not persuade my country to do anything about it. Alexander Litvinenko – the former agent of the KGB, now the FSB, who died in London last November after being poisoned with polonium 210 – had suffered the same frustration over the same topic.”
**Craig Murray’s quote is from the same article linked above.