The Pendleton Panther

Afghan War on Drugs may be Coming

Posted on: May 20, 2010

There are over 2 million heroin addicts in Russia today.  Both heroin consumption and production has increased exponentially in central Asia over the last few years.  The majority of the smack is being produced in Afghanistan, where poppy farmers can make a fast fortune through growing opium poppies and selling them to their northern neighbors.  Not only is Afghanistan the world’s leader in heroin production, but it has also displaced Morocco as number one in the world in hashish distribution.  Viktor Ivanov, a Director of Russia’s Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics and Chairman of State Anti-Narcotics Сommittee, has therefore urged that NATO, which already has forces stationed in Afghanistan,  wage a war on drugs as well as terrorism.  However, the U.S. is reluctant to start destroying every poppy patch they come across, as doing such would drive honest farmers to the Taliban to preserve their way of life.  Russia and other former members of the soviet union, on the other hand, believe that destroying the drugs should take the priority, as the Taliban receives the majority of its funding through the sale of narcotics.


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