Fight an Unconventional War Unconventionally…

Here’s an idea. The Taliban are now working with the drug lords to provide protection to the poppy crop in exchange for a cut in the revenue.

 Why don’t we buy the entire crop – preferably directly from the farmers – and destroy it? In exchange we handle the protection. According to the CIA Factbook, the opium trade is worth $4 billion. That’s probably an inflated street value. Would it be worth say $2 billion a year to stabilize the country – as well as get Afghanistan opium and heroin off the streets?

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  1. Chad:

    I’ve been thinking about just this issue myself.

    Remember Noramco? Their buyers get in line in Afghanistan along with all the drug lords and bid against them for the purest poppy product, just to turn into legal, safe opiate drugs.

  2. Scott Kirwin:

    Yep, I’ve been thinking about Noramco too. In fact we could probably recoup at least part of the cost by selling the crop to pharmaceutical companies.

    This means of course that the Government gets in the drug business, but if it leads to a weakened Taliban/al-Qaeda, who cares?

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